NEWSFLASH - Save The Date for Wakefield Business Week 2018

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Excellent! ... New Wakefield mattress company launched

18th June 2018 A new Wakefield mattress company has launched supported by significant private investor funding. Sleep with Sid opened for business on 5 June 2018 in Wakefield following 18 months planning, R&D and testing. read more

£1m fund launched to support new tech businesses

18th June 2018 The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, which includes the Wakefield district, is offering £1m in funding to encourage digital businesses to relocate to the area. The city region's tech sector read more


15th June 2018 Utilising locally sourced ingredients to whip up a recipe for success, MasterChef quarter finalist, Chris Hale will show Bondholders an alternative way to support the local economy, when he delivers a cooking demo at read more

LEP calls for transport investment in Leeds City Region

15th June 2018 The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership has backed calls for the region to receive a substantial share of transport investment through the Government's £860m Transforming Cities read more

Wakefield's new city Gateway could bring jobs and investment

14th June 2018 A £42m scheme to create a ‘South East Gateway’ to Wakefield city centre has been described as a “fantastic scheme” that will “make a real difference”. Councillors have read more

LET THE GAMES COMMENCE! .. Wakefield First hosts World Cup Draw - The 32 teams represented by 32 shining businesses across our district!

13th June 2018 Today businesses from across the district gathered to join in with the World Cup Fever. Hosted by Wakefield First and supported by Rhubarb Radio at CREATE Cafe, Wakefield One. The draw was broadcast LIVE across read more

Local Networking group, Club 5, Goes from Strength to Strength

12th June 2018 For a new business networking group, Club 5 in support of The Prince of Wales Hospice, is making tremendous progress and being incredibly well-supported by local businesses. Membership numbers continue to grow every month, read more

Wakefield Cyber security firm bought by PE-backed group

12th June 2018 A Wakefield-headquartered cyber security consultancy has been snapped up by a private equity-backed group. Agenci is a consultancy that specialises in IT security, particularly ISO 27001 and GDPR, working with a read more

Wakefield Works… works! Free job seeking scheme to return after 95% of attendees find it useful

4th June 2018 Wakefield Works, the successful employer-led campaign that is delivered thanks to a partnership between JobCentre Plus and First Choice Recruitment, will return to the region in September and October after supporting read more

Leeds City Region shortlisted to become home of new national Channel 4 HQ

4th June 2018 Leeds City Region’s submission to Channel 4 for the broadcasters’ new National HQ outside of London has officially been shortlisted. Leeds City Region includes Wakefield, Barnsley, Bradford, read more

Rock 'n' roll up, roll up.... CALLING THE DISTRICTS #MUSICFUTURES .....

29th May 2018 Are you an artist, manager, record label or someone who makes a living from music? What are the truths around streaming? Is it possible to have your music on a multitude of streaming platforms and make money? Do you need a read more

Wakefield-based headquarters for touring artists makes Yorkshires top 10 most talented in Creative Sector .....

29th May 2018 Production Park, the Wakefield-based headquarters for touring artists has made Yorkshires top 10 most talented and able young enterprises, as part of Creative England’s annual CE50 list of the 50, making the read more

With support from local and national business a Majestic Sculpture was unveiled in Featherstone.

23rd May 2018 Funded nationally and locally by Featherstone Town Council, Wakefield Council, R.V.Rugg Featherstone, RIM Scaffolding Featherstone, and Envy Windows of Normanton, A majestic sculpture of a horse has been read more

Wakefield based, STATEMENT, the Digital and E commerce agency, gets new programme into shape for UK wide XERCISE4LESS

23rd May 2018 Statement, the leading Northern eCommerce and Shopify agency, has helped Xercise4Less, the UK wide gym-chain, increase sales, awareness and sign ups of their Transformation Camps and 4FiiT Programme, a dedicated read more


23rd May 2018 PHD Marketing & Strategy, based in the iconic Pontefract Barracks building, has announced significant expansion in due to increased demand for marketing services in the print, packaging and plastics read more

The Ridings Wakefield win national award.

23rd May 2018 The Ridings Centre in Wakefield has beaten national competition to scoop a top industry award. The centre was crowned the overall winner at the Revo Purple Apple Marketing Awards, picking up a Golden Apple Award for its Cuppa read more

Craven Fawcett of Wakefield secures china clay equipment project.

21st May 2018 Craven Fawcett, based in Wakefield, has recently designed, manufactured and installed a new Extruder for global materials company Sibelco at its plant in Devon. The new Extruder was required to replace an existing read more


21st May 2018 Group Rhodes, the Wakefield-based engineering company, has raised £2,600 for Move Ahead, the local charity that provides help and long term care for brain injury sufferers and their carers. A team of six Group read more

Wakefield based TopicUK Magazine celebrates 5th Birthday with expansion.

21st May 2018 To celebrate the five-year anniversary, TopicUK Magazine, Yorkshire’s premier business to business magazine is expanding to cover the whole of Yorkshire. Launched in Wakefield by Gill Laidler and Rob read more

1,400-home plan at former Nestle site at Castleford set for approval

18th May 2018 The proposed construction of a 1,400 home residential development on the 64-acre former Nestle plot in Castleford is set to move forward with plans recommended for approval when they go before councillors next week (24 May read more

Wakefield video game developer Team17 to raise £217m on admission to AIM market

18th May 2018 Team17, the video game developer, has announced it is expected to have a market capitalisation of around £217m when it floats on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange late this month. The read more

£1.5m Normanton business park redevelopment now fully let

18th May 2018 Marrtree Investments has fully let its newly refurbished 26,000 sq ft business park at Normanton Industrial Estate. The £1.5 million Marrtree Business Park scheme, which is set to create several new jobs, was read more

Yorkshire projects lined up for £30bn investment boost

17th May 2018 A "bold and ambitious" initiative designed to attract more than £30bn worth of overseas investment to the UK – which could benefit a number of projects across Yorkshire – is set to read more

Wakefield based entrepreneur who imports and refurbishes Tuk-Tuks helps more than 15 micro businesses in first year.

16th May 2018 A Wakefield based entrepreneur that recognised the new business potential of importing and refurbishing Tuk-Tuks has helped more than 15 micro businesses since its launch just twelve months ago. Thanks to AD:VENTURE, read more

Leeds City Region, which serves the Wakefield district, submits its bid for new national Channel 4 HQ

15th May 2018 Leeds City Region, which includes the Wakefield district, has submitted its bid to Channel 4 for the broadcasters’ new National HQ outside of London. The bid, which responds to the read more

Wakefield accountant supported by the AD:VENTURE programme shortlisted for prestigious Yorkshire award.

9th May 2018 Wakefield based accountant Aimee Hargreaves is preparing for a glittering awards ceremony after being shortlisted for the Accountant of the Year at the inaugural Yorkshire Accountancy Awards. Taking place on read more

Record breaking crowds turn out for Tour de Yorkshire

9th May 2018 More than 2.6 million spectators turned out over four days to watch the 2018 edition of the Tour de Yorkshire in another record-breaking year for the event. About 900,000 roadside spectators witnessed Sunday's read more

Castleford cheesemonger sets sights on the UAE and beyond

9th May 2018 Family-run cheesemonger Cryer & Stott is set to export to the UAE after its artisan cheeses impressed buyers at the world’s largest annual food tradeshow Gulfood in Dubai. Hotel, restaurant and read more


8th May 2018 Nominations open for the Yorkshire Children of Achievement Awards at the Cedar Court Hotel Wakefield As the only event that exclusively celebrates the bravery and talents of young people from across the read more

Wakefield district firms encouraged to bid for digital growth grants

8th May 2018 Wakefield district Businesses - Leeds city region are being urged to take advantage of up to £10,000 of funding to invest in new digital technology under the Government-backed Digital Enterprise programme, before read more

£230 million flotation plans for Wakefield video game developer

8th May 2018 Wakefield developer and independent publisher Team17 is going public, it confirmed today, seeking admission of its shares onto the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. The Wakefield video games company read more

Yorkshire’s commercial property market gets off to a flying start including Assets in Castleford Wakefield.

3rd May 2018 A whopping £411m of commercial property assets changed hands across Yorkshire in the first quarter of 2018, research by Lambert Smith Hampton shows. Yorkshire’s commercial property market read more

HOMEBUILDER Redrow has appointed a new head of land for its Yorkshire division in Wakefield.

2nd May 2018 NEW HEAD OF LAND FOR REDROW IN YORKSHIRE HOMEBUILDER Redrow has appointed a new head of land for its Yorkshire division in Wakefield. David Gilling has been promoted from his previous senior land manager read more

Refurbished M62 unit at Glasshoughton brought to market.

2nd May 2018 A 37,000 sq ft unit which overlooks the M62 has been brought to the market. GVA has been instructed by a private investor on Unit F2 Whistler Drive in Glasshoughton, which is available on a leasehold basis. The unit was read more

LIFT OFF - FREE 5 week workshop for professional service businesses - AD:VENTURE

1st May 2018   LIFT OFF - FREE 5 week workshop for professional service businesses - AD:VENTURE Do you have what it takes to start a business? Do you want to propel your business to the next level? In this sessions read more

Wakefield College celebrates 150 years of educational excellence…

1st May 2018 Wakefield College is celebrating 150 years of providing education and training. The College, which traces its roots back to the 19th century, is planning a range of activities over the coming months to mark the occasion read more

Support your employees to improve their English. Book a FREE workshop at YOUR business today.

1st May 2018 FREE Speak English Workshops Support your employees to improve their English with ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) Speak English workshops enable your employees to practise their English and read more

Tom Marley Chief Exec of Wakefield based, The Car Buying Group, finalist for EY Entrepreneur of the year 2018.

1st May 2018 The North East and Yorkshire finalists of the 2018 EY Entrepreneur of the Year North have been revealed. Seven businesses from across the two regions have made the shortlist, which celebrates innovation in the North read more


26th April 2018 HARIBO HERB GARDEN OFFERS FEAST FOR THE SENSES AT PONTEFRACT CASTLE Pontefract Castle will welcome a tasty, aromatic addition into its grounds this spring - a herb garden which has been generously funded by the team read more

Karen Betts MD of Nouveau Beauty Group Pontefract, finalist in the 2018 EY Entrepreneur of the Year.

25th April 2018 The North East and Yorkshire finalists of the 2018 EY Entrepreneur of the Year North have been revealed. Seven businesses from across the two regions have made the shortlist, which celebrates innovation in the North read more

‘Roadie school’ Cato Academy takes space in South Kirkby, Wakefield

25th April 2018 ‘Roadie school’ Cato Academy takes space in South Kirkby, Wakefield A facility that aims to help the next generation of 'roadies' learn their trade and become live events industry read more

Book your place today on the FREE Wakefield Builders Briefing with Breakfast.

20th April 2018 BOOK NOW for Wakefield Builders Briefing with Breakfast 8.30am-10am Thursday 10th May at the National Coal Mining Museum, Caphouse Colliery, New Rd, Overton WF4 4RH FREE event 8.30 – read more

Do you understand what GDPR is and how it will affect your business?

20th April 2018 Do you understand what GDPR is and how it will affect your business? The countdown is on until GDPR comes into force on 25th May 2018 The General Data Protection Regulations, or GDPR, is a hot topic right now. With only 7 read more

Deadline approaching for nominations for Wakefield Business Awards 2018

20th April 2018 Deadline approaching for nominations for Wakefield Business Awards 2018 Date: 21st June 2018. Venue: Unity Works, Westgate, Wakefield, WF1 1EP. Nominations deadline: 24th April. It’s that time of year read more

Engineering work completed on £5m leisure centre project in Minsthorpe, Wakefield

20th April 2018 Specialist services have been provided for the construction of a £5m swimming pool and leisure centre in Minsthorpe Wakefield Work began on-site in late 2016 and the new centre was officially opened in March read more

Wakefield welcomes Tour de Yorkshire – is your business ready?

19th April 2018 Wakefield welcomes Tour de Yorkshire – is your business ready? The Wakefield district is welcoming the Tour de Yorkshire on Friday 4 May. The women’s and men’s races will travel through South read more

Planning consent secured for 130,000 sq ft Rutland Mills arts masterplan in Wakefield

17th April 2018 Architecture practice HawkinsBrown has won planning and listed building consent for its 130,000 sq ft masterplan to regenerate a complex of grade-II listed Victorian Mill Buildings on the River Calder in read more

Castleford powder coating business secures AD:VENTURE grant

16th April 2018 A Castleford-based professional paint powder coating business has received a £18,500 grant from business support programme AD:VENTURE Riverside Coatings, the Castleford based read more

Service Manager Strategic Housing and Regeneration

13th April 2018 Location: Wakefield One, Burton Street, Wakefield, WF1 2EB Salary £55,990 Wakefield Council has an enviable record in delivering housing and economic growth. We are now looking to appoint a talented read more

Wakefield tyre business acquired as MD buys out long-term partner

10th April 2018 Wakefield tyre business acquired as MD buys out long-term partner The Wakefield-based business is now solely owned by managing director Steve Evans, who acquired shares from long-term partner Michael Blackshaw read more

Knottingley construction business reports 20% growth with over £3m profit

10th April 2018 Knottingley construction business reports 20% growth with over £3m profit Caddick Construction has reported a 20 per cent increase in turnover compared to 2016 following a successful year with a number of new read more

Pontefract-headquartered kitchen manufacturer Ultima named on the 19th annual Sunday Times BDO Profit Track 100 league table

9th April 2018  Pontefract-headquartered kitchen manufacturer Ultima named on the 19th annual Sunday Times BDO Profit Track 100 league table, a ranking of Britain's private companies with the fastest-growing profits over read more

Green light recommended for new creative quarter on Wakefield's waterfront

9th April 2018 Green light recommended for new creative quarter on Wakefield's waterfront The proposed conversion of a listed mill on Wakefield's waterfront to create a new creative quarter that could become a read more

James Halstead weighing up Ossett based Airea deal

9th April 2018 James Halstead weighing up Ossett based Airea deal Manchester-based commercial flooring manufacturer and distributor James Halstead has confirmed it is considering an offer for Ossett-based specialist flooring read more

Wakefield sees major surge in demand for industrial property

5th April 2018 Wakefield sees major surge in demand for industrial property Work has started on the third phase of construction at Marshall CDP’s South Kirkby Business Park. Hundreds of tonnes of steel are currently read more

Sigma secures investment from Three Hills Capital Partners

3rd April 2018 Sigma Retail Solutions, a Glasshoughton-headquartered provider of outsourced services to retailers across the UK, Europe and Australia, has secured investment from Three Hills Capital Partners (THCP). Founded in read more

Rapid growth for GNG Group

28th March 2018 Wakefield-based GNG Group, a manufacturer of foam products to the sports, healthcare and bedding sectors, has reached an agreement with its creditors to end its company voluntary arrangement (CVA), following a read more

Centres join forces to fly Wakefield flag at shopping centre Oscars

28th March 2018 Two shopping centres in a West Yorkshire city have made it to the finals of the retail Oscars. Wakefield’s Trinity Walk and The Ridings have beaten off stiff national competition to make the shortlist for the read more

Two deals at West Yorkshire estate

22nd March 2018 Two new tenants have agreed deals for units at the Ripley Close industrial estate in Normanton, West Yorkshire. Medical Gas Supplies and Hey Safe Cleaning have both taken just under 5,000 sq ft on five-year read more

PTSG reports 'record performance' in 2017 as revenue increases to £53m

22nd March 2018 Premier Technical Services Group PLC, the Castleford-based niche specialist services provider, has growth with revenue up 35%, gross profit up 33% and operating profit up 35%. For the year ending 31st December 2017, read more

RSK snaps up Central Alliance

14th March 2018 Cheshire-based environmental and engineering consultancy RSK Group has acquired Central Alliance Pre Construction Services, a pre-construction services company headquartered in Wakefield. Central Alliance read more


12th March 2018 Business communications specialist NGC Networks is among the companies featuring at this month’s ‘Go Digital – Live!’. The event, at Harrogate Convention Centre on 23 March, is hosted by the read more

Plans approved for 150,000 sq ft speculative development in Pontefract

7th March 2018 Gregory Property Group has secured planning consent to develop an 11-acre brownfield site less than one mile from Junction 32 of the M62 motorway near Wakefield. The Leeds-based developer plans to speculatively read more


7th March 2018 Wakefield’s reputation for nurturing talent within the music industry received a further boost this week as the first Music Futures masterclass took place at Wakefield One, bringing together leading experts from read more


6th March 2018 First Choice Recruitment, the trusted experts offering a personal approach for clients and candidates throughout the Wakefield district, is celebrating after reaching a key milestone; 25 years in business. Launched read more

Wakefield Builders Briefing

27th February 2018 BOOK NOW  for Wakefield Builders Briefing with Breakfast 8.30am-10am Wednesday 14th March FREE event for Housebuilders When we’ll talk about skills development and business growth, read more


23rd February 2018 The Children of Achievement Awards, which celebrates the talents of young inspirational people from across the Wakefield district, is coming back for a second year when it takes place at Cedar Court Hotel on Saturday 23 June read more

Major retailers secured for 106-acre retail and leisure development

19th February 2018 Plans to build a 106-acre ‘next generation’ retail and leisure destination with more than 75 retail, restaurant and leisure units, along with a 10,000 capacity Community Stadium, read more

£30m group of Castleford businesses snapped up

19th February 2018 Accountancy firm Mazars has advised the shareholders of the RM Solar group of companies, a manufacturer and distributor of cylinders, on its sale to Dublin-based Joule Group. Rob Burton and Stephen Nagle, both based in read more

Real estate investment firm acquires Wakefield business park in £4.2m deal

19th February 2018 AEW UK REIT plc, the real estate investment trust, has acquired Diamond Business Park in Wakefield for £4.2m. The 201,543 sq ft multi-let property has a Net Initial Yield of 11.5% and comprises an industrial and read more

Sale completed of Wakefield warehouse in deal worth more than £3m

19th February 2018 A 66,896 sq ft distribution warehouse in Wakefield sold for over the £3m guide price. Sanderson Weatherall, the Leeds-based property consultancy, has completed the sale of Unit K at Wakefield 41 Industrial read more

GVA completes sale of 68,000 sq ft industrial premises in Normanton

19th February 2018 The sale of a 68,000 sq ft warehouse facility at Normanton Industrial Estate in West Yorkshire has been completed. Acting on behalf of SNF UK Ltd, GVA was appointed to sell SNF’s former office and warehouse facility at read more

Leeds City Region unveils MIPIM programme

19th February 2018 Leeds City Region has announced its programme of activity for the international property conference MIPIM. The programme includes over nine panel sessions, a series of presentation slots and two networking events. It read more

Two Yorkshire companies successfully advise on London based management buyout

15th February 2018 Two Yorkshire companies successfully advise on a management buyout of an award-winning, London based architectural and building consultancy practice. Susan Pasint-Magyar and Neil McCabe of Hunters are pleased read more

Masterplan to regenerate Castleford

15th February 2018 Ambitious plans to transform Castleford with a potential investment of almost three quarters of a billion pounds, to create thousands of new homes, jobs and green transport links over the next 15-20 years are taking a read more


2nd February 2018 Wakefield Works, the annual event which aims to support those seeking employment from across the district, will return to the region as a series of four recruitment mornings are delivered from Job Centres every read more

Wakefield BID gives bins a facelift

2nd February 2018 Wakefield City Centre’s metal litter bins have had a facelift thanks to Wakefield BID and local volunteers Wakefield District Tree Wardens. Tree Wardens, based at the Rose Garden Nursery at Thornes Park, read more

Leeds Beckett launches new centre to boost business growth in Wakefield

22nd January 2018 read more

Middleton Manufacturing Creates Two New Jobs through Works Better

22nd January 2018 Cleckheaton based business, Middleton Manufacturing have appointed two new members of staff to support the growth of the business through the support of the Works Better Employment programme. Middleton read more

Join us for the first PBLINK networking event in 2018

5th January 2018 Join us for relaxed, friendly, informal and effective Business Networking over a cup of coffee/tea and scones at Create café in Wakefield. Join us for the first PBLINK networking event in 2018 in the north of read more

Backstage Academy goes on tour!

4th January 2018 GLEN Rowe has managed some of the world’s leading live bands and loved the life it has given him. Now the tour director for Muse wants to inspire the next generation of ‘roadies’ and is taking the read more

Rotherham, Hull and Wakefield named Yorkshire’s fastest growing economies

4th January 2018 Rotherham, Hull and Wakefield are leading the way as the fast growing city economies in Yorkshire, according to a new report. The UK Powerhouse study is produced by Irwin Mitchell and the Centre for read more

OFFER- 50% off First Two Months Rent !

3rd January 2018 To celebrate the opening of their new University Business Centres, Leeds Beckett University are offering 50% off your first two months rent for virtual office or hot-desking at either of their locations in read more