Get ready for Brexit Tool!

17th September 2019 Get ready for Brexit The UK will leave the EU on 31 October 2019. Answer a few questions to find out how you or your business should prepare. Check what you need to do here!   Businesses and read more

Yorkshire Corporate Finance Team Lead International Acquisition

14th October 2019 Yorkshire Corporate Finance Team Lead International Acquisition Award-winning corporate finance boutique fds Director Services advises on the acquisition of controlling interest in Nautech Services to read more

Leeds City Region investment guide launches

14th October 2019 Leeds City Region investment guide launches An investment document promoting some of the key opportunities within Leeds City Region and showcasing the area's assets has been launched. Location: Leeds City read more

FSB - Learn how Brexit may affect your business

14th October 2019 Learn how Brexit may affect your business The terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union remain unclear. Since the referendum in 2016, FSB has been steadfast in our position that we want a pro-business deal read more

Council resources to help local businesses through Brexit

11th October 2019 Council resources to help local businesses through Brexit The uncertainty caused by the delay of implementing Brexit is having a negative impact on local businesses. Speaking at a Brexit Roundtable discussion read more

How Wakefield Employment Hub boosts the local economy

10th October 2019 How Wakefield Employment Hub boosts the local economy Wakefield Employment Hub has now been operational for 6 months, so we thought now is a good time to reflect on the work we have been doing and note some of the impact of read more

Yorkshire business support survey: share your views

10th October 2019 Yorkshire business support survey: share your views How does your company access business support services and funding? Let us know. Insider has joined forces Sheffield Hallam University to find out what appeals read more

New Welcome to Yorkshire chair appointed

9th October 2019 New Welcome to Yorkshire chair appointed The leader of Wakefield Council has been named as the new chair of Welcome to Yorkshire. Keith Stewart stood down as interim chair, and as a director, earlier this week after read more

Business-led campaign to encourage SMEs to access support launched

8th October 2019 Business-led campaign to encourage SMEs to access support launched Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has launched a new campaign to showcase the support available to small and medium-sized businesses read more

Brexit Readiness Events!

8th October 2019 Business Events BEIS Business Readiness Events During September and October, the Government will be holding a series of ‘Get ready for Brexit’ business readiness events across the country to give read more

Major expansion for £25m turnover engineering business

8th October 2019 Major expansion for £25m turnover engineering business Pontefract-based Advanced Diesel Engineering has bought new premises with financial support from the Barclays Northern Powerhouse read more

Wakefield-based SMEs Gain a Competitive Advantage.

7th October 2019 Wakefield-based SMEs Gain a Competitive Advantage. A collaboration of local business leaders and experts join forces to give Wakefield SMEs a boost. Wakefield businesses face many challenges in gaining a read more

Shortlists revealed for 2019 Yorkshire Dealmakers Awards

7th October 2019 Shortlists revealed for 2019 Yorkshire Dealmakers Awards The shortlists have been revealed for Insider's 2019 Yorkshire Dealmakers Awards, which celebrate the region's pre-eminent corporate finance read more

Six-figure boost for cards and gifts firm

30th September 2019 Six-figure boost for cards and gifts firm A Pontefract-based cards and gifts business is expanding with a six-figure investment. Stacey Dennis started Love Layla from her kitchen table in 2015 after being made read more

PLUMBING APPRENTICE IS FLUSHED WITH PRIDE AFTER WINNING TOP TITLE

25th September 2019 PLUMBING APPRENTICE IS FLUSHED WITH PRIDE AFTER WINNING TOP TITLE LEWIS Moorhouse is celebrating a prestigious award win after tapping into Redrow’s apprenticeship scheme and embarking on a plumbing read more

Theatre Royal Wakefield Achieves Theatre of Sanctuary Status

24th September 2019 Theatre Royal Wakefield Achieves Theatre of Sanctuary Status Theatre Royal Wakefield is delighted to announce that they have achieved Theatre of Sanctuary status, in recognition of their public commitment to being a read more

Card Factory announces 'satisfactory' results despite 14% dip in figures

24th September 2019 Card Factory announces 'satisfactory' results despite 14% dip in figures Card Factory has revealed its interim results for the six months ended July 31, 2019. The Wakefield-headquartered specialist read more

AIRBNB ENCOURAGES BRITISH TRAVELLERS TO BOOK THEIR NEXT STAYCATION IN PONTEFRACT

23rd September 2019 AIRBNB ENCOURAGES BRITISH TRAVELLERS TO BOOK THEIR NEXT STAYCATION IN PONTEFRACT Pontefract selected as one of six destinations for new Airbnb campaign September 20, 2019 - UK: Airbnb has launched a new campaign - read more

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to “maximise the power of the North”

18th September 2019 UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to “maximise the power of the North” The UK Prime Minister is expected to announce new powers to be given to regions in the North of England. Prime Minister Boris Johnson read more

Yorkshire logistics firm to create over 30 jobs with major expansion project

18th September 2019 Yorkshire logistics firm to create over 30 jobs with major expansion project A logistics firm has secured an agreement to double its occupancy space at a Yorkshire business park. Integrated Third Party Logistics read more

Don't miss out on Wakefield UBC'S amazing Autumn deal!

16th September 2019 The University Business Centre at Wakefield is currently offering an amazing Autumn deal.  If you sign up for a rent a desk/coworking space before 30th November 2019, you will receive your first month rent free.  read more

Turnover nears £250m at MJ Gleeson

16th September 2019 Turnover nears £250m at MJ Gleeson Turnover has grown to almost £250m at MJ Gleeson, boosted by a record performance from both its housebuilding and strategic land businesses. The listed company read more

New manager takes over Wakefield business group with the aim of making the city centre attract more visitors

11th September 2019 New manager takes over Wakefield business group with the aim of making the city centre attract more visitors Tom Zane-Black has moved from a similar role in the London Borough of Bromley to take on the task of making read more

Revamp planned for Junction 32

10th September 2019 Revamp planned for Junction 32 The Junction 32 outlet shopping centre in West Yorkshire is set to be revamped. Formerly known as Freeport, the shopping outlet located just off the M62 at Castleford was bought by read more

Game launches provide half-year boost for Team17

10th September 2019 Game launches provide half-year boost for Team17 Team17, the game developer behind the best-selling Worms franchise, has almost doubled revenue in its half-year results after launching a host of new titles. The read more

West Yorkshire towns set for regeneration boost with £3.6bn government fund

9th September 2019 West Yorkshire towns set for regeneration boost with £3.6bn government fund Eight towns across West Yorkshire have been named among 100 UK towns to benefit from a new £3.6bn regeneration read more

Funding for IT and Skills Support to be Brexit ready!

9th September 2019 Funding for IT and Skills Support to be Brexit ready! The government has announced new grant funding worth £16m towards helping businesses train staff in making customs declarations and to help businesses that read more

‘Energy & Clean Growth in the Northern Powerhouse’

9th September 2019 Don’t miss out on the launch conference of ‘Energy & Clean Growth in the Northern Powerhouse’ by the Humber LEP! Tuesday 5th November will see the very first launch event of its kind, convened by read more

Changes in consumer behaviour demand robust solutions for PCI compliance

6th September 2019 Changes in consumer behaviour demand robust solutions for PCI compliance If your company handles customer payments, then you should be familiar with the Payment Card Industry Security standard, or PCI DSS. This read more

Digital Enterprise Toolkit

6th September 2019 Digital Enterprise Toolkit Digital technology is transforming the way in which businesses operate, helping them to gain a competitive edge and achieve long term success. The Digital Enterprise business support read more

#Grow

6th September 2019 #Grow The #Grow scheme is a new grant fund established to build on the momentum of Channel 4’s investment in the City Region, and the wider growth potential of the creative and digital sector. The scheme will read more

Polymer company inject six figure sum into equipment

5th September 2019 Polymer company inject six figure sum into equipment ONE of the UK’s leading manufacturers of injection moulded components has installed the latest in a series of machines which sees its combined investment in read more

Are you an SME based in the Wakefield District looking for an expert guide to business support?

5th September 2019 Are you an SME based in the Wakefield District looking for an expert guide to business support? If so look no further than the LEP (Leeds City Region Enterprise partnership who can guide you through the complex world of read more

Wakefield Council gives green light to £60m 200-plus property Avant Homes scheme

4th September 2019 Wakefield-based homebuilder Avant Homes has been given the go ahead on its £60.9m City Fields development following planning permission granted by Wakefield Council. Located off the A6154, the development read more

Get ready for Brexit: check what you need to do

2nd September 2019 The United Kingdom is leaving the European Union on 31 October 2019. Use this checker to find out what you or your business will need to do to get ready for Brexit. It should only take a few minutes to read more

China Trade-Mission - Would you like to attend?

23rd August 2019 China Trade-Mission - Would you like to attend? Wakefield Council are hosting a trade mission to Nanning, China and is looking for Businesses with an interest in Exporting to attend the 16th  China-ASEAN Expo (Sep read more

Plan to generate 1,000 jobs with proposed industrial estate

22nd August 2019 Plan to generate 1,000 jobs with proposed industrial estate A site in Normanton, Wakefield, could accommodate 11 new industrial units and create nearly 1,000 jobs if planners give their approval. Outline planning read more

500,000 sq ft industrial scheme plans in

21st August 2019 500,000 sq ft industrial scheme plans in Plans have been lodged for a job-creating industrial development in West Yorkshire that would provide more than 500,000 sq ft of warehousing and distribution space along the M62 read more

YPO launches £400m data centre and cloud framework

21st August 2019 YPO launches £400m data centre and cloud framework Public sector buying organisation YPO has launched a new £400m data centre and cloud framework. The new data centres, maintenance cloud hosting and read more

Contractor named for £17m West Yorkshire leisure and wellbeing hub

20th August 2019 Contractor named for £17m West Yorkshire leisure and wellbeing hub National contractor Willmott Dixon has been appointed to construct a £17m leisure and wellbeing hub in West Yorkshire. Following read more

New family cinema concept opens in Wakefield retail and leisure complex

19th August 2019 New family cinema concept opens in Wakefield retail and leisure complex A new affordable family-focused cinema concept is the latest attraction to launch at a Wakefield retail and leisure complex. Reel Cinema has read more

Prepare your business or organisation for Brexit

16th August 2019 Prepare your business or organisation for Brexit The UK is leaving the EU. Leaving the EU means your business or organisation may need to prepare for change. Delivering a deal negotiated with the EU remains the read more

Local businesses bring Shopappiness to Wakefield

13th August 2019 Local businesses bring Shopappiness to Wakefield A LOCAL businesswoman who overcame cancer to set up her own shop named after her pet dog is amongst Wakefield businesses aiming to breathe new life into the city’s read more

CBI Recommendations for Businesses

13th August 2019 CBI Recommendations for Businesses   1. Immediately resume no deal preparations ·         Businesses in Wakefield should either restart read more

Seasonal range boost Card Factory sales

13th August 2019 Seasonal range boost Card Factory sales High street gift card retailer Card Factory has reported "robust" sales thanks to Valentine's Day and Mother's Day seasonal ranges, despite a read more

6B Acquires Buffalo Web Design

12th August 2019 6B Acquires Buffalo Web Design 6B Digital is delighted to announce the recent acquisition of Buffalo Web Design.  The merger took place in July 2019, and includes 6B taking over the support and maintenance of read more

Sportswear giant agrees deal for Yorkshire warehouse

12th August 2019 Sportswear giant agrees deal for Yorkshire warehouse A global sportswear giant has agreed a deal for a 261,000 sq ft warehouse in West Yorkshire. Alongside the letting, the building has also been sold for read more

Double top award shortlisting for PolyGlobal

9th August 2019 Double top award shortlisting for PolyGlobal LEADING polyurethane moulders PolyGlobal have been shortlisted for not one but two of the UK’s top manufacturing awards. The Wakefield based company which read more

Student Roost adds new student accommodation in Aberdeen to B38 Group facilities management contract

9th August 2019 Student Roost adds new student accommodation in Aberdeen to B38 Group facilities management contract B38 Group will be undertaking facilities management services at a new student accommodation property, close to the read more

Movie Afternoon with the Bondholders

8th August 2019 Don't miss out...Book now! read more

Going Green at Nostell Estate

5th August 2019 Going Green at Nostell Estate Nostell Estate Business Park, located 20 minutes from Wakefield and next door to National Trust Nostell Priory, has again demonstrated its commitment to The Year of Green read more

West Yorkshire and Leeds chairs call for rebalancing of economy

5th August 2019 West Yorkshire and Leeds chairs call for rebalancing of economy West Yorkshire Combined Authority chair Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) chair Roger Marsh have called on the read more

Plans lodged for 160-home development

5th August 2019 Plans lodged for 160-home development Plans have been lodged for more than 160 homes on the site of a West Yorkshire farm. Spawforths, on behalf of Wakefield District Housing, has submitted an application to read more

Market uncertainty hits Airea results

5th August 2019 Market uncertainty hits Airea results Market uncertainty has affected the interim results for Ossett-based specialist flooring business Airea, despite growth in its order book and from international sales. The read more

OE ELECTRICS MARKS GERMAN EXPANSION WITH CHARITY CYCLE RIDE

2nd August 2019 OE ELECTRICS MARKS GERMAN EXPANSION WITH CHARITY CYCLE RIDE OE Electrics, the multi award-winning manufacturer of innovative data distribution and power solutions, is marking the firm’s opening of its German read more

Property group acquires West Yorkshire hotel

2nd August 2019 Property group acquires West Yorkshire hotel A West Yorkshire hotel has been sold to a property group in a deal brokered by Christie & Co. The Premium Inn in Castleford has been purchased from Kyle Bird by read more

OE ELECTRICS PRESENTED WITH QUEENS AWARD BY LORD LIEUTENANT OF WEST YORKSHIRE

1st August 2019 OE ELECTRICS PRESENTED WITH QUEEN’S AWARD BY LORD LIEUTENANT OF WEST YORKSHIRE OE Electrics, the Wakefield-based manufacturer of innovative data distribution and power solutions, has been presented with the read more

NGC NETWORKS HOSTS AN AVAYA CLOUD TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR

29th July 2019 NGC NETWORKS HOSTS AN AVAYA CLOUD TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR The benefits of migrating to cloud technology will be explored at a seminar hosted by business communications specialist NGC Networks. The Wakefield based read more

Team runs into red to put hospice into the blue

25th July 2019 Team runs into red to put hospice into the blue WAKEFIELD polyurethane moulding firm, PolyGlobal, has tipped their fund-raising target for the city’s hospice over the £1000 mark by going into the read more

West Yorkshire industrial scheme changes hands

24th July 2019 West Yorkshire industrial scheme changes hands A West Yorkshire industrial scheme has been sold by a joint venture between Kier Property and Maple Grove Developments. Tri-Link140 in Normanton has been bought by read more

E-commerce business plans European expansion with NPIF backing

23rd July 2019 E-commerce business plans European expansion with NPIF backing A West Yorkshire e-commerce business is targeting European expansion after securing a £250,000 loan from NPIF - Mercia Debt Finance, which is read more

Register now to access £6m of new digital funding, Wakefield SMEs urged

22nd July 2019 Register now to access £6m of new digital funding, Wakefield SMEs urged Businesses in the Leeds City Region – which includes Wakefield – can register with Digital Enterprise now to ensure they are read more

Who would have thought 2 blokes from Wakefield would be DIT NPH Export Champions

22nd July 2019 Who would have thought 2 blokes from Wakefield would be DIT NPH Export Champions In February 2019, Wakefield SMEs m2r Education and Coeur de Xocolat were awarded the prestigious title of Department for International read more

m2r Education flying high!

22nd July 2019 m2r Education flying high Wakefield based international education recruitment firm, m2r education, have been included in Manchester Airport’s ‘More than an Airport’ campaign, to celebrate all read more

Bodycare store relocates to Trinity Walk from The Ridings

19th July 2019 Bodycare store relocates to Trinity Walk from The Ridings Wakefield's Bodycare store has moved to Trinity Walk Shopping Centre. The beauty and makeup store last month confirmed plans to move from its home in The read more

Plans lodged for micropub, gallery and offices

18th July 2019 Plans lodged for micropub, gallery and offices Plans have been lodged to build a new micropub, gallery and office on a site in Wakefield city centre. Mason Clark Associates, on behalf of Hinko Construction, has read more

Yorkshire Dealmakers Awards nominations open

18th July 2019 Yorkshire Dealmakers Awards nominations open Nominations for the Yorkshire Dealmakers Awards 2019 are now open to enter. This is the first stage of the process to determine the winners for the region’s read more

Burberry boosted by “excellent” response to new collections

18th July 2019 Burberry boosted by “excellent” response to new collections Luxury fashion brand Burberry has reported a strong start to its financial year thanks to an "excellent consumer response" to chief read more

Wakefield Manufacturing Awards 2019

16th July 2019 Wakefield Manufacturing Awards 2019 The Wakefield district is home to a number of world-leading manufacturers, new businesses and industry pioneers. These awards recognise the achievements and impact of these read more

Local Business Leader Finalist for Two Prestigious Awards

16th July 2019 Local Business Leader Finalist for Two Prestigious Awards Poonam Kaur’s business achievements have been recognised by The IoD Director of the Year and Forward Ladies regional awards. Managing Director of read more

Billionaire’s investment firm snaffles 93% Bon Marché shares

16th July 2019 Billionaire’s investment firm snaffles 93% Bon Marché shares Spectre, the Dubai-based investment firm owned by billionaire Phillip Day, has secured 93% of Bon Marché shares – triggering read more

m2r Education partners with document legalisation company, Vital Consular

15th July 2019 m2r Education partners with document legalisation company, Vital Consular  Multi award winning UK based education recruitment firm m2r Education have created a strategic read more

2019 Nanning International Elites Innovation & Entrepreneurship Competition!

15th July 2019 2019 Nanning International Elites Innovation & Entrepreneurship Competition! Further to Wakefield Councils new relationship with Nanning we are promoting a new competition – The 2019 Nanning read more

PolyGlobal join colour run for Hospice

15th July 2019 PolyGlobal join colour run for Hospice WAKEFIELD’S PolyGlobal are making it a family affair this weekend during the annual Colour Run for the city’s hospice at Thornes Park. Staff at the world leading read more

Creative Kickstart thrilled to announce the first workshop will be held in Wakefield

15th July 2019 The Creative Industries Council (CIC) and the Creative Industries Federation (CIF) have partnered up to create the Creative Kickstart Programme. Creative Kickstart is a new programme providing support, mentoring and read more

Wakefield, Pontefract and Castleford businesses named in Yorkshire Top 500

12th July 2019 Wakefield, Pontefract and Castleford businesses named in Yorkshire Top 500 Thirty-two Wakefield companies have been named among the best in Yorkshire by a leading business magazine. The firms made the cut on read more

Haribo to create 50 UK jobs as turnover passes £180m

11th July 2019 Haribo to create 50 UK jobs as turnover passes £180m The UK arm of sweet manufacturing giant Haribo is set to increase production at its West Yorkshire facility, creating 50 jobs. The company has reported an read more

Warehouse hits the market for more than £3m

10th July 2019 Warehouse hits the market for more than £3m A commercial building in Wakefield is up for sale due to a relocation, with a quoted asking price of around £3.1m. The Detached warehouse at Unit 200, read more

Council successful in first round of High Streets Fund bid

8th July 2019 Council successful in first round of High Streets Fund bid Wakefield Council has made it through to the next round of bids to secure a proportion of the Future High Streets Fund - a £675million government fund which read more

Wakefield Manufacturing Awards 2019

8th July 2019 Save the date!! - Thu, 17 October 2019 The Wakefield Manufacturing Awards, sponsored by Wakefield Council, are back for a second successful year! The Wakefield Manufacturing Awards 2019, celebrating all that is read more

HSBC Launches Green Finance Initiatives for UK Businesses

8th July 2019 HSBC Launches Green Finance Initiatives for UK Businesses HSBC UK has launched a portfolio of green finance initiatives, aimed at helping businesses of all sizes strengthen their sustainability. This is part of the read more

Engineering SME boosts global opportunities with University research partnership

2nd July 2019 Engineering SME boosts global opportunities with University research partnership ENTERPRISE cash has enabled a bespoke manufacturer of engineered plastic parts to open more  international read more

Could The Ridings Shopping Centre cinema hold key to revamping city?

28th June 2019 Work is continuing on a new cinema in the Ridings. The five-screen Reel Cinema, which will be situated on the upper floor of the shopping centre, was originally scheduled to open in May this year. The company has read more

Aston Barclay appoints new manager for Wakefield super centre

27th June 2019 Aston Barclay appoints new manager for Wakefield super centre. Aston Barclay has appointed Karl Ward, previously remarketing manager at Ogilvie Fleet Ltd, as manager of its state-of-the-art Wakefield read more

'New South Elmsall Aldi store will help revamp town'

26th June 2019 A new Aldi store set to be built in South Elmsall could play a key role in regenerating the town's market and high street. South Elmsall councillor Steve Tulley said he was looking forward to the opening of the new store read more

Tesco discount store Jack's to open in former Toys R Us unit in Wakefield

26th June 2019 Tesco discount store Jack's to open in former Toys R Us unit in Wakefield A number of applications have been made to the council in recent weeks regarding the former Toys R Us unit on Ings Road. A planning read more

Bonmarché in Philip Day offer U-turn as ‘poor’ trading continues

26th June 2019 Bonmarché’s board has said that poor trading during the first quarter means the offer made by Philip Day looks “more attractive”, despite not having been improved. The embattled retailer read more

Investor acquires West Yorkshire garden centre

26th June 2019 Investor acquires West Yorkshire garden centre A West Yorkshire garden centre has been acquired by a listed investment firm. LXi REIT has purchased the garden centre in Pennine on a sale and leaseback basis. The read more

Channel 4 staff declining move to Leeds is 'no bad thing for West Yorkshire'

25th June 2019 The reluctance of Channel 4 workers to move to West Yorkshire is "no bad thing" for the region, a senior public servant has said. Tom Stannard, the corporate director for regeneration and economic growth at read more

£1.6m veterinary service in the works for Wakefield

25th June 2019 £1.6m veterinary service in the works for Wakefield Chantry Vets is transforming a former office block in Wakefield’s Brindley Way into a hospital following outgrowing its current Alverthorpe read more

Funding boost for Wakefield district businesses

24th June 2019 Funding boost for Wakefield district businesses One hundred and eighty businesses in Wakefield district have been successful in attracting start-up capital from a government-backed scheme. Figures released by read more

OE Electrics Gets Royal SealOf Approval With Queen'sAward For Enterprise

24th June 2019 OE Electrics Gets Royal SealOf Approval With Queen'sAward For Enterprise OE Electrics, the Wakefield-based manufacturer of innovative data distribution and power solutions, has been honoured with a read more

Bring your business to Bond Terrace!

13th June 2019 Bring your business to Bond Terrace! Leeds Beckett University’s Business Centre – Wakefield have a different approach when it comes to providing a home for businesses.  With most businesses failing read more

Permission granted for Newmarket development

13th June 2019 Permission granted for Newmarket development Developers have been given the green light to go ahead with the construction of new warehousing facilities at Newmarket Lane in Stanley, Wakefield. When completed, read more

Listed manufacturer warns that customers could be moved to alternative suppliers

11th June 2019 Listed manufacturer warns that customers could be moved to alternative suppliers Wakefield-headquartered listed plastic components manufacturer Carclo has this morning announced a new strategy – including read more

Speculative 150,000 sq ft development complete

11th June 2019 Speculative 150,000 sq ft development complete Work has been completed on a speculative 150,000 sq ft production and distribution development close to Junction 32 of the M62 between Castleford and read more

AD:VENTURE scheme awarded extension to continue support for region’s start-ups

10th June 2019 AD:VENTURE scheme awarded extension to continue support for region’s start-ups AD:VENTURE, the ERDF part-funded programme supporting start-ups and scale-ups with practical support and match-funded read more

COCA-COLA EUROPEAN PARTNERS SPONSORS WAKEFIELD BUSINESS WEEK 2019, JOINING A HOST OF TOP LOCAL BUSINESSES AND ORGANISATIONS IN THE DISTRICT

7th June 2019 COCA-COLA EUROPEAN PARTNERS SPONSORS WAKEFIELD BUSINESS WEEK 2019, JOINING A HOST OF TOP LOCAL BUSINESSES AND ORGANISATIONS IN THE DISTRICT Coca-Cola is one of the strongest and well-known brands in the world, opening read more

Entrepreneur looking for talent!

6th June 2019 Entrepreneur looking for talent! WAKEFIELD entrepreneur, Margaret Wood MBE, is to lead judging of the prestigious Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Innovation Awards and is urging Yorkshire read more

TORQUE, END-TO-END SUPPLY-CHAIN SPECIALIST AND HEADLINE SPONSORS OF WAKEFIELD BUSINESS WEEK 2019.

4th June 2019 TORQUE, END-TO-END SUPPLY-CHAIN SPECIALIST AND HEADLINE SPONSORS OF WAKEFIELD BUSINESS WEEK 2019. For over 25 years Torque has been taking care of their customers’ supply chains – from ship to store to read more

Place Marketing Workshop invite – help shape the future of the Wakefield district

31st May 2019 Place Marketing Workshop invite – help shape the future of the Wakefield district The economic success of the district is good news for communities and businesses alike.  A more successful economic area read more

MANUFACTURING PLANT SHOWCASES INNOVATION ON LORD LIEUTENANT’S OFFICIAL VISIT TO WAKEFIELD

23rd May 2019 MANUFACTURING PLANT SHOWCASES INNOVATION ON LORD LIEUTENANT’S OFFICIAL VISIT TO WAKEFIELD Group Rhodes, the Wakefield-based advanced engineering company, hosted her majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for read more

Software investment to drive business performance

23rd May 2019 Software investment to drive business performance INVESTMENT in new business management and scheduling technology is driving forward performance at a leading Yorkshire metalwork fabricator. Normanton based read more

Bonmarché board criticised by firm lining up its takeover

20th May 2019 Bonmarché board criticised by firm lining up its takeover The company eyeing a takeover of Bonmarché has hit out at the listed womenswear fashion chain's board, saying it does not believe the read more

PolyGlobal to sponsor Exporter of the Year Award

16th May 2019 PolyGlobal to sponsor Exporter of the Year Award AWARD winning manufacturer of polyurethane solutions, PolyGlobal, are backing outward looking businesses at this year’s Wakefield Manufacturing read more

Nominations for Wakefield Manufacturing Awards 2019 are now open!

15th May 2019 The Wakefield Manufacturing Awards exemplify the elite of manufacturing in the area, show a track record of success, dedication to employees and community investment. The 2019 awards ceremony will take place on read more

Russell & Bromley awards national cleaning contract to B38 Support Services

14th May 2019 Russell & Bromley awards national cleaning contract to B38 Support Services B38 Group, which launched its own in-house cleaning division just seven months ago, B38 Support Services, has been awarded a national read more

HALLAMSHIRE ENGINEERING SERVICES BECOMES ACCREDITED TO LATEST ISO 9001:2015 STANDARD

14th May 2019 HALLAMSHIRE ENGINEERING SERVICES BECOMES ACCREDITED TO LATEST ISO 9001:2015 STANDARD Wakefield-based Hallamshire Engineering Services, a leading UK manufacturer of materials handling equipment, including read more

Wakefield signs agreement with Chinese city

13th May 2019 Wakefield signs agreement with Chinese city Wakefield Council has signed an agreement with Nanning City in southern China aimed at boosting economic, educational and cultural ties. The friendship agreement was read more

Armed Forces Day

13th May 2019 Armed Forces Day Saturday 6 July 2019 We are proud to be supporting Wakefield Armed Forces Day again this year - it takes place on Saturday 6 July 2019 at Pontefract Park. We will be updating this page with more read more

NPIF Leeds investment tops £20m

2nd May 2019 The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) has now invested more than £20m in businesses in the Leeds City Region since its launch in 2017. The NPIF, overseen by the British Business Bank, has completed 104 read more

G&H appointed to Wakefield College project

2nd May 2019 G&H Building Services has been appointed by Wakefield College for works on a project to bring a historic building back into use. The company has been appointed by main contractor Galliford Try to undertake read more

Colletta Smith BBC’s Business & Consumer Affairs Correspondent to compère Wakefield Business Week 2019 Launch!

1st May 2019 Economic Strategy one year on! Monday 17th June 2019 will see one of the most popular and eagerly anticipated events in the Wakefield District's Business Calendar take place. The launch of Wakefield Business week read more

Window to the future for specialist glazing firm

30th April 2019 Window to the future for specialist glazing firm A WAKEFIELD business woman is urging other small manufacturers to follow in her footsteps and find out for themselves how seemingly futuristic technology could help read more

Take your Business to the next level at Wakefield Business Week 2019!

26th April 2019 Take your Business to the next level at Wakefield Business Week 2019! 10 separate events across the city and its district including Wakefield, the South East and Castleford. The Wakefield districts reputation as a read more

Yorkshire firms recognised in 2019 Queen’s Awards

23rd April 2019 Yorkshire firms recognised in 2019 Queen’s Awards A host of businesses from Yorkshire and the Humber are among the 2019 recipients of the Queen's Awards for Enterprise, operating in sectors including read more

Government launches £200m funding initiative

18th April 2019 Government launches £200m funding initiative Companies across the UK are set to benefit from a further £200m of government support to ensure they can access the finance needed to grow. The Exchequer read more

Growing fire safety business relocates to new Wakefield offices

18th April 2019 Growing fire safety business relocates to new Wakefield offices Orange Fire Protection, which provides fire sprinklers, extinguishers and alarms for commercial and residential properties, has relocated to new, read more

PR: Open Communications secures Opus Trust retained agreement

16th April 2019 PR: Open Communications secures Opus Trust retained agreement PR and content agency Open Communications has secured a retained agreement with Opus Trust Communications, the multichannel communication specialists read more

COMMISSIONED to create numerous bespoke products, a West Yorkshire injection moulding company has taken an innovative approach and invested in new machinery to provide a low-cost option for product realisation.

16th April 2019 COMMISSIONED to create numerous bespoke products, a West Yorkshire injection moulding company has taken an innovative approach and invested in new machinery to provide a low-cost option for product read more

“Robust” results for Card Factory

16th April 2019 “Robust” results for Card Factory High street gift card retailer Card Factory has reported a "robust performance" in its full-year results, in spite of a "tough consumer read more

Construction firm secures AD:VENTURE funding

15th April 2019 Construction firm secures AD:VENTURE funding A West Yorkshire construction company has secured funding from AD:VENTURE, the ERDF funded programme supporting start-ups throughout the Leeds City read more

Kudos to the top performing manufacturers in Wakefield

12th April 2019 Kudos to the top performing manufacturers in Wakefield Wakefield Council has lauded the achievements of four local companies which have been named among Yorkshire's top 50 manufacturers in 2019 by the read more

Conveyor belt supplier agrees deal for unit

12th April 2019 Conveyor belt supplier agrees deal for unit Conveyor belt supplier Chiorino has agreed a deal for a West Yorkshire industrial unit. The company has taken the 37,000 sq ft Unit F2, Whistler Drive at Glasshoughton on a read more

Bonmarché board issues response to full takeover offer

12th April 2019 Bonmarché board issues response to full takeover offer The board of Bonmarché has said the proposed full takeover offer by a company controlled by the owner of The Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group read more

Travel business sold to French group

11th April 2019 Travel business sold to French group A West Yorkshire group has sold its travel business to a €90m-turnover French company, providing it with entry into the UK market. Killgerm Group has sold 100 per cent of the read more

Real estate managers launch prime Castleford industrial unit

11th April 2019 Real estate managers launch prime Castleford industrial unit St Brides Managers has appointed CBRE’s Leeds Industrial Agency team with Carter Towler to market Unit 1 Speedwell Road. The space consists of a read more

Well-known names feature in 2019 Manufacturing 50

9th April 2019 Well-known names feature in 2019 Manufacturing 50 Well-known businesses from sectors including food and drink, steelmaking, and oil and gas have been named in Insider's latest annual ranking of Yorkshire's read more

Performing arts college set for green light

9th April 2019 Performing arts college set for green light The proposed development of a new performing arts college at the Merchant Gate scheme in Wakefield looks set to move forward, with plans recommended for approval at a meeting read more

Yorkshire growth through digital innovation celebrated in new report

9th April 2019 Yorkshire growth through digital innovation celebrated in new report   Digital Enterprise, the Government-backed business support programme aimed at boosting the digital competitiveness of the Leeds read more

FUNDING BOOST FOR WAKEFIELD TECH BUSINESS SUPPORTS IMMERSIVE LEARNING

9th April 2019 FUNDING BOOST FOR WAKEFIELD TECH BUSINESS SUPPORTS IMMERSIVE LEARNING What started out as a first-year university project for students at Backstage Academy (Production Park) in Wakefield, has transformed into a read more

SAVE the DATE: Build Our Future & Young People Summit

4th April 2019 ‘SAVE the DATE’ Build Our Future & Young People Summit Saturday 11th May 2019 10am – 2.30pm Unity Hall, Westgate, Wakefield WF1 1EP LUNCH INCLUDED   Children read more

Engineer acquires Wakefield Mr Electric franchise

4th April 2019 Engineer acquires Wakefield Mr Electric franchise An electrical engineer with 30 years' experience in the industry has acquired a Mr Electric franchise covering Wakefield and its surrounding read more

Engineer acquires Wakefield Mr Electric franchise

4th April 2019 Engineer acquires Wakefield Mr Electric franchise An electrical engineer with 30 years' experience in the industry has acquired a Mr Electric franchise covering Wakefield and its surrounding read more

Quarterly Economic Survey reveals true resilience of regions’ businesses amidst Brexit uncertainty

3rd April 2019 Quarterly Economic Survey reveals true resilience of regions’ businesses amidst Brexit uncertainty UK sales and orders continue to improve -Employment and employment expectations steady -Cashflow read more

Tour de Yorkshire – one month to go! Are you race ready?

3rd April 2019 Tour de Yorkshire – one month to go! Are you race ready? It’s exactly one month until the Tour de Yorkshire arrives in the Wakefield district on Friday 3 May – and whether you’re planning on read more

Fast-growing property services business invests £600,000 in new Wakefield headquarters

2nd April 2019 Fast-growing property services business invests £600,000 in new Wakefield headquarters Having doubled revenue year on year for the past three years, expanding facilities management firm B38 Group is read more

£3.5bn turnover growth for Yorkshire SMEs - BGF

2nd April 2019 £3.5bn turnover growth for Yorkshire SMEs - BGF A group of Yorkshire 1,100 SMEs have achieved combined revenue growth of £3.5bn over the last three years, according to figures revealed by BGF. The read more

Channel 4 confirms plans for The Majestic as National HQ

2nd April 2019 Channel 4 confirms plans for The Majestic as National HQ Channel 4 has confirmed it is advanced negotiations to take space at The Majestic for its new national headquarters in Leeds. The broadcaster is planning to read more

Billionaire businessman acquires 52% of struggling retailer Bon Marché

2nd April 2019 Billionaire businessman acquires 52% of struggling retailer Bon Marché Spectre Holdings – a Dubai-based holding company owned by billionaire businessman Phillip Day – has unconditionally read more

£4.2m deal for Wakefield warehouse

1st April 2019 £4.2m deal for Wakefield warehouse A 53,000 sq ft Wakefield warehouse has been acquired for £4.2m in a sale and leaseback deal by listed specialist property investor Warehouse REIT. The unit at the read more

Region’s SMEs report £3.5bn revenue growth over three year period

1st April 2019 Region’s SMEs report £3.5bn revenue growth over three year period A group of 1,100 Yorkshire SMEs  have experienced combined revenue growth of £3.5bn over the last three years. BGF has read more

Wakefield HSBC branch to go up for auction

29th March 2019 Wakefield HSBC branch to go up for auction The former HSBC bank in Ossett, Wakefield, will feature in Pugh’s next property auction at Leeds United Football Club on 11 April. The four-storey 3,000 sq ft former read more

Insurance broker opens new Wakefield office

29th March 2019 Insurance broker opens new Wakefield office Insurance brokerage Gallagher has opened its new regional head office in Wakefield. The new premises at Phoenix Court have undergone a £1.5m refit and will bring read more

Business Energy Service Survey

28th March 2019 Business Energy Service Survey Wakefield Council would like to develop a service to boost the success of small business by reducing their energy consumption and carbon footprint.  In some cases local read more

B38 Group wins total facilities management contract for Europe’s most advanced vehicle auction centre

28th March 2019 B38 Group wins total facilities management contract for Europe’s most advanced vehicle auction centre  Vehicle remarketing business Aston Barclay has chosen fast-growing B38 Group to provide a full read more

Last available opportunity to sponsor Wakefield Business Week 2019!

27th March 2019 Last available opportunity to sponsor Wakefield Business Week 2019! Wakefield Business Week is Wakefield's premier business event designed to inspire and motivate entrepreneurs and established business read more

Consortium launches Wakefield football club

27th March 2019 Consortium launches Wakefield football club A consortium and business people and a former Sheffield Wednesday and Manchester United goalkeeper have joined forces to bring a professional football team to read more

LDC to sell part of game developer stake

27th March 2019 LDC to sell part of game developer stake Funds managed by LDC are set to sell part of their stake in Wakefield-based videogame developer Team17. Team17 is behind titles including Worms, Overcooked and The Escapists. read more

Major letting deal agreed at Tri-Link 140

26th March 2019 Major letting deal agreed at Tri-Link 140 A specialist business and consumer technologies distributor has agreed a deal for 142,338 sq ft of space at Tri-Link 140, an industrial and distribution unit located at read more

PTSG reports ‘record levels’ of organic growth following acquisitive year

26th March 2019 PTSG reports ‘record levels’ of organic growth following acquisitive year Specialist services provider PTSG has reported growth in profits and revenue following an acquisition year. For the year read more

NEW SALES DIRECTOR HEADS HOME TO YORKSHIRE

25th March 2019 NEW SALES DIRECTOR HEADS HOME TO YORKSHIRE REDROW’S new Yorkshire sales director Steve Jackson is happy to be back on home turf after travelling across the Pennines for the last 10 years on a daily basis. His new read more

PTSG secures increased £50m banking facilities

25th March 2019 PTSG secures increased £50m banking facilities Niche specialist services provider Premier Technical Services Group has agreed increased £50m banking facilities with HSBC UK Bank which will be used to read more

Two Yorkshire warehouses acquired in £67m disposal deal

25th March 2019 Two Yorkshire warehouses acquired in £67m disposal deal Property firm LondonMetric have announced the disposal of two warehouses in Sheffield and Wakefield to real estate investment specialist Exeter read more

Jobs at risk at biscuit maker’s Yorkshire facility

21st March 2019 Jobs at risk at biscuit maker’s Yorkshire facility About 50 jobs are at risk at Fox’s Biscuits' distribution centre in West Yorkshire after its parent company revealed plans to ensure the brand has a read more

Historic Leeds performing arts hall chosen as Channel 4's new northern HQ

20th March 2019 Historic Leeds performing arts hall chosen as Channel 4's new northern HQ A Grade II-listed building has been selected as Channel 4’s new national headquarters in Leeds. Also home to the former Majestyk read more

STUART HAS NEW LAND ROLE MAPPED OUT

19th March 2019 STUART HAS NEW LAND ROLE MAPPED OUT STUART Mapp has joined Redrow’s Yorkshire team as a senior land manager. It follows the promotion of David Gilling to head of land last year. Stuart, 48, who lives in North read more

Listed retailer issues further profit warning

19th March 2019 Listed retailer issues further profit warning Womenswear retailer Bonmarché has issued a profit warning as losses are expected to hit £5m to £6m for the year. The Wakefield-headquartered read more

International athlete Oliver Peace unveils new play area for Upton Village Green

19th March 2019 International athlete Oliver Peace unveils new play ara for Upton Village Green Upton athlete and international swimmer, Oliver Peace, was on hand Sunday (17th March) to unveil the newest play area local to Sutcliffe read more

Team17 reports delivers record revenue and profit growth in maiden year of trading on AIM

19th March 2019 Team17 reports delivers record revenue and profit growth in maiden year of trading on AIM Wakefield-headquartered global games developer Team17 has reported growth in both profits and turnover in its first year of read more

B38 Group’s cleaning services division wins £2m of new contracts in first quarter

18th March 2019 B38 Group’s cleaning services division wins £2m of new contracts in first quarter Fast growing facilities management firm B38 Group has announced £2m of new contract wins for its support services read more

West Yorkshire Combined Authority calls for rail investment

18th March 2019 West Yorkshire Combined Authority calls for rail investment The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has called for "significant investment" in the North's rail infrastructure in its submission to a read more

Seven West Yorkshire projects backed

15th March 2019 Seven West Yorkshire projects backed Funding support for seven developments designed to support economic growth, including £37.3m for the York Central development, has been approved by West Yorkshire read more

Approval for stadium and shopping centre

15th March 2019 Approval for stadium and shopping centre Planning permission has been granted for a shopping centre and new stadium for rugby league side Castleford Tigers. Lateral Property Group, which is behind the development read more

Tour de Yorkshire 2019 to travel through our district on 3 May

14th March 2019 Tour de Yorkshire returns! The Tour de Yorkshire is returning to the Wakefield district on Friday 3 May 2019! Stage 2 of the men’s race and Stage 1 of the women’s races will both pass through parts of read more

Loan agreed to support Belle Vue purchase

14th March 2019 Loan agreed to support Belle Vue purchase Wakefield Trinity are set to buy their Belle Vue home after Wakefield Council agreed a £3.15m loan. The funding will enable the Super League club to purchase the read more

Jobs lost as engineering business ceases trading

14th March 2019 Jobs lost as engineering business ceases trading More than 50 jobs have been lost at a West Yorkshire fabrication and engineering business, which has ceased trading and appointed administrators. Dewsbury-based read more

Channel 4 move will help inclusive growth, says LEP chair

14th March 2019 Channel 4 move will help inclusive growth, says LEP chair Channel 4’s move to Leeds will impact the region far beyond inward investment, according to Roger Marsh, chairman of the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise read more

WAKEFIELD POLYURETHANE MOULDER WINS COLLABORATION AWARD

13th March 2019 WAKEFIELD POLYURETHANE MOULDER WINS COLLABORATION AWARD WAKEFIELD polyurethane moulder PolyGlobal has been recognised for their partnership with Bradford University’s Polymer Interdisciplinary read more

Bringing Islamic beauty to property protection

13th March 2019 Bringing Islamic beauty to property protection Ingenuity was key for Yorkshire’s leading metal fabricators who have been working with an expert in Islamic geometric design to bring functionality to read more

WAKEFIELD BUSINESSWOMAN INVESTS IN LIKE-MINDED BUSINESS OWNERS

13th March 2019 WAKEFIELD BUSINESSWOMAN INVESTS IN LIKE-MINDED BUSINESS OWNERS Wakefield based businesswoman, Jenni Morgan, has invested £3500 on tickets to help 5 like minded business owners in the area to join her at an read more

Duo from Wakefield Championing Export for UK Businesses

12th March 2019 Duo from Wakefield Championing Export for UK Businesses Two businessmen from Wakefield are leading the export agenda for UK businesses having recently been named as Department for International Trade (DIT) Northern read more

SSG Insight makes senior appointments

12th March 2019 SSG Insight makes senior appointments Workplace software specialist SSG Insight has made three senior appointments, including a new chief executive, following its move to new headquarters in West Yorkshire. The read more

People: Accountancy firm welcomes business tax partner; Software provider announces trio of senior appointments; and more

12th March 2019 People: Accountancy firm welcomes business tax partner; Software provider announces trio of senior appointments; and more Accountancy firm Garbutt + Elliott has appointed Becky Maguire as its Business Tax read more

Wakefield College celebrates Apprentice success…

12th March 2019 Wakefield College celebrates Apprentice success… The Waterton Park Hotel formed the backdrop for Wakefield College’s annual Apprenticeships Awards Ceremony this week. Local business leaders and read more

Delegation takes off to international property conference - MIPIM 2019

11th March 2019 Delegation takes off to international property conference Leeds City Region’s delegation to MIPIM - the world’s largest property investment conference - set off today from Leeds Bradford read more

140 homes planned for railway site

11th March 2019 140 homes planned for railway site A development of 140 homes could be built on a railway site in West Yorkshire under new plans. Brewster Bye Architects, on behalf of Strategic Team Group, has submitted an read more

Plans in for conversion of former cinema and nightclub

11th March 2019 Plans in for conversion of former cinema and nightclub A former cinema and nightclub in West Yorkshire could be converted into flats and commercial units if newly submitted plans are granted consent. DMS read more

Local Pontefract (West Yorkshire) Landlords, Astorbush Ltd showcased in The Parliamentary Review

8th March 2019 Local Pontefract (West Yorkshire)  Landlords, Astorbush Ltd showcased in The Parliamentary Review Director, Jonathan Spence said "We are delighted to be involved in this year's Parliamentary Review read more

Wakefield multi ward winning company named 2019 Northern Powerhouse Export Champion

8th March 2019 Wakefield multi ward winning company named 2019 Northern Powerhouse Export Champion Wakefield based education recruitment firm, m2r Education has been named as one of the Department for International Trade (DIT) read more

Homes England Q & A - MIPIM 2019

8th March 2019 Homes England Q & A - MIPIM 2019 Tom Stannard, Corporate Director for Regeneration and Economic Growth will be chairing the Q&A Session: Homes England on Tuesday 12th March 16:50- 16:50, Leeds City Region Stand read more

Creating communities - An inspiring region to live in. MIPIM 2019

8th March 2019 Creating communities - An inspiring region to live in. MIPIM 2019 Tom Stannard, Corporate Director for Regeneration and Economic Growth will be participating on the LCR Panel ‘Creating Communities’ read more

Airea returns to profit in full-year results

8th March 2019 Airea returns to profit in full-year results Ossett-based specialist flooring business Airea has reported a return to profit in its full-year results, with the closure of its residential carpets business helping it to read more

Rugby stadium and retail plans set to move forward

8th March 2019 Rugby stadium and retail plans set to move forward Proposals for a job-creating shopping centre and new stadium for rugby league side Castleford Tigers are set to move forward with councillors recommended to grant read more

Awards honour Yorkshire’s manufacturers

8th March 2019 Awards honour Yorkshire’s manufacturers Manufacturers from across the region have been honoured at Insider's annual Made in Yorkshire Awards, with well-known names from a host of sectors among the winners read more

Join 250 guests to celebrate success at the Yorkshire Business Masters Awards

7th March 2019 Join 250 guests to celebrate success at the Yorkshire Business Masters Awards There are just three weeks to go until TheBusinessDesk.com’s ninth Yorkshire Business Masters Awards, which recognise the read more

Heathrow Business Summit Roadshow

6th March 2019 Heathrow Business Summit Roadshow Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are invited the Heathrow Business Summit 2019 roadshow, a series of events taking place across the UK. These events offer SMEs the read more

MIPIM 2019 - CANNES

6th March 2019 MIPIM 2019 - CANNES Wakefield Council will be attending MIPIM Cannes from the 12th to 16th March as part of the Leeds City Region delegation.   The MIPIM conference is the world's premier real estate read more

EXPORTING MADE SIMPLE EVENT - WITH NATIONAL EXPERTS FSB

26th February 2019 EXPORTING MADE SIMPLE by Wakefield First Wakefield First are hosting their first quarterly Exporting event -this event is an opportunity to meet the experts who will be highlighting exporting opportunities read more

SUPPLY CHAIN - LEEDS CITY REGION

26th February 2019 SUPPLY CHAIN - LEEDS CITY REGION PROVIDING STRATEGIC SUPPLY CHAIN SUPPORT TO SME’s IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AND ITS ASSOCIATED SERVICES IN THE LEEDS CITY REGION. The Leeds City Region Supply Chain read more

Free low carbon energy workshops for businesses and organisations in Leeds and Leeds City Region

25th February 2019 Free low carbon energy workshops for businesses and organisations in Leeds and Leeds City Region Building business capacity to develop and secure finance for low carbon energy projects. 26 March, 30 April, 21 May read more

EXPORTING MADE SIMPLE EVENT - WITH NATIONAL EXPERTS DIT

22nd February 2019 EXPORTING MADE SIMPLE by Wakefield First Wakefield First are hosting their first quarterly Exporting event -this event is an opportunity to meet the experts who will be highlighting exporting opportunities read more

Wakefield Bondholder First Friday events, proving to be so much more than just networking events....

22nd February 2019 Attending the Wakefield Bondholder First Friday events brings so much more to the district than just shared business learning .........Wakefield Bondholders has helped to raise over £500 for the Well Women Centre, a read more

Weekender: Annual festival to showcase export success of rhubarb gin

22nd February 2019 Weekender: Annual festival to showcase export success of rhubarb gin Wakefield is set to host a festival this weekend to celebrate West Yorkshire’s Rhubarb Triangle, which is an area that has recognised European read more

MOTOR FINANCE SPECIALIST INVESTS IN CLOUD COMMUNICATIONS

22nd February 2019 MOTOR FINANCE SPECIALIST INVESTS IN CLOUD COMMUNICATIONS An award-winning motor finance company has invested in a major upgrade of its business communications. Specialist Motor Finance works with finance read more

PolyGlobal teams up with world leading research faculty

22nd February 2019 PolyGlobal teams up with world leading research faculty POLYURETHANE moulder, PolyGlobal has teamed up with the internationally renowned Polymer Research Centre at the University of Bradford to demonstrate the read more

Enjoy an Apprenticeship focused Breakfast with Bondholders at the Lecture Theatre Wakefield College Campus on Friday March 1st 08:45am ....

21st February 2019 Enjoy a Breakfast with Bondholders at the Lecture Theatre Wakefield College Campus on Friday March 1st from 8:45am. Network with Local Businesses and hear from National Key Speakers such as; Frank read more

Former restaurant site in city’s leisure district launches to market

21st February 2019 Former restaurant site in city’s leisure district launches to market The former Bollywood Lounge restaurant in Wakefield is being launched to market. Located within the city’s  leisure and read more

Listed firm ‘not aware of any reason’ for share price movement

21st February 2019 Listed firm ‘not aware of any reason’ for share price movement Specialist services provider Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG) has this morning stated that is not aware of any reason for its read more

Minster Law announces major new volunteering programme for Wakefield after meeting local MP

21st February 2019 Minster Law announces major new volunteering programme for Wakefield after meeting local MP Wakefield MP Mary Creagh has thrown her support behind our plans to sponsor a range of activities to build skills in the read more

Carclo appoints interim COO

20th February 2019 Carclo appoints interim COO Plastic components manufacturer Carclo has appointed an interim group chief operating officer. Stephen Nixon will have responsibility for the Technical Plastics and LED read more

Award Winning, Works Better champions, Conservatory Outlet Ltd… an employee focused company dedicated to progression.

20th February 2019 Award Winning, Works Better champions, Conservatory Outlet Ltd… an employee focused company dedicated to progression. Wakefield First had the pleasure of meeting the team at Conservatory Outlet read more

NEW OPERATIONS MANAGER STRENGTHENS BELLINGHAM IT

19th February 2019 NEW OPERATIONS MANAGER STRENGTHENS BELLINGHAM IT Bellingham IT, which provide tailored support to SME's in Wakefield and Leeds, has expanded its team with the appointment of Paul Lockwood as Operations read more

Almost 120 jobs go as manufacturer falls into administration

19th February 2019 Almost 120 jobs go as manufacturer falls into administration A manufacturer of furniture for the care, hotel and education sectors has ceased trading with almost 120 jobs lost. YTM Group was founded in 1981 and read more

Property firm announces 148,000 sq ft expansion of West Yorkshire warehouse portfolio

19th February 2019 Property firm announces 148,000 sq ft expansion of West Yorkshire warehouse portfolio Property business Onward Holdings Ltd is growing its portfolio of prime sites for warehousing and managed third-party logistics read more

Wholesaler’s new West Yorkshire hub set for approval

19th February 2019 Wholesaler’s new West Yorkshire hub set for approval Plans to redevelop a former West Yorkshire colliery site to create a new hub for wholesaler Kitwave are recommended for approval when they go before read more

14th March 19, Wakefield First launch FREE quarterly Exporting event .....

18th February 2019 This FREE event is a real opportunity for those new to, looking to start in and/or those businesses looking to take their exporting to the next level! An opportunity to meet the experts highlighting exporting read more

Calling all Wakefields Tech firms!...... One week left to enter Northern Tech Awards 2019

15th February 2019 Entries for the Northern Tech Awards 2019, which recognise and celebrate the fastest growing tech companies in the North of the UK, are set to close in one week's time. Firms will have the opportunity to follow in the read more

Award Winning actress becomes Ambassador for South Elmsall Headquartered beauty firm .....

14th February 2019 Nouveau were delighted to announce award-winning Actress Michelle Keegan, as their UK brand ambassador.  As a long-time devotee of our revolutionary LVL treatment, Michelle Keegan is the read more

Eaton Smith BUSINESS OF THE MONTH AWARDS

14th February 2019 Eaton Smith BUSINESS OF THE MONTH AWARDS Established in 1995, the award has been won by a diverse range of businesses over that time. The awards are designed to showcase the best businesses in our region. Winning a BOTM read more

Better Broadband Voucher Scheme-Relaunch

14th February 2019 Better Broadband Voucher Scheme – Relaunch Subsidised support for basic broadband The Better Broadband Voucher Scheme is a UK-wide government subsidy scheme to provide an affordable, basic broadband read more

Developer acquires Castleford site

13th February 2019 Developer acquires Castleford site A 1.5-acre site in Castleford has been acquired by commercial developer Eshton. The development site has frontage to Park Road and is located close to Junction 32 of the M62 as well read more

Wakefield businesses to benefit from new The Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce sub division

11th February 2019 Wakefield businesses to benefit from new The Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce sub division Businesses across the Wakefield district will be able to get more support after The Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce read more

Zinc’s next mission...“to add 5 more years of high quality to later life”

8th February 2019 Zinc’s next mission...“to add 5 more years of high quality to later life”. We are delighted to announce that Zinc’s next mission is “to add 5 more years of high quality to later read more

Apprenticeship Success at Conservatory Outlet Wakefield

7th February 2019 Yorkshire based fabricator Conservatory Outlet Ltd has appointed yet another ambitious apprentice in a full time permanent role.  James Owen, who began his placement at Conservatory Outlet in February 2017, read more

RHODES INTERFORM EXPANDS SERVICE OFFERING

7th February 2019 RHODES INTERFORM EXPANDS SERVICE OFFERING Wakefield-based Rhodes Interform, which specialises in bespoke composite and metal forming machinery, has expanded its team with the appointment of three new service read more

Recruitment drive for personal injury law firm

6th February 2019 Recruitment drive for personal injury law firm A West Yorkshire-headquartered personal injury law firm has launched a recruitment drive to fill 40 vacancies. Minster Law, which employs about 480 people from its read more

Duo establish asset advisory firm

5th February 2019 Duo establish asset advisory firm A new asset advisory firm has officially opened its doors to insolvency practitioners, asset-based lenders and finance companies across Yorkshire. BPI Asset Advisory of read more

DCS Group of Companies taken over in £6.6m deal

31st January 2019 DCS Group of Companies taken over in £6.6m deal West Yorkshire-based DCS Group has been acquired by an industrial air filtration and extraction specialist in a deal worth £6.6m. Filtermist read more

Conservatory Outlet Sponsor Kettlethorpe Guardians

31st January 2019 Conservatory Outlet Sponsor Kettlethorpe Guardians Wakefield Manufacturer of the Year 2018, Conservatory Outlet Ltd has sponsored The Kettlethorpe Guardians Boxing Club, providing them with new branded training read more

Redhall losses widen but “strong pipeline” in place

31st January 2019 Redhall losses widen but “strong pipeline” in place Losses have widened at Redhall Group but the Wakefield-based manufacturing and specialist services business has said market conditions are read more

PRIMARY PUPIL MOHAMMAD WINS ‘HOUSE OF THE FUTURE’ DESIGN COMPETITION

30th January 2019 PRIMARY PUPIL MOHAMMAD WINS ‘HOUSE OF THE FUTURE’ DESIGN COMPETITION A CINEMA, an ice cream shop, a parking bay for a space ship and an underground hot tub – just some of the superb specifications of the read more

Diverse and Inspiring launch of AD:VENTURES 'Get me started' programme in Wakefield.

29th January 2019 This Jan saw a diverse and inspiring group of entrepreneurs attend the launch of AD:VENTURES ‘Get Me Started’ network at the Yorkshire Deli, Wakefield. Supported by the European Regional Developmental read more

Team17 gears up for strong annual results in debut year of trading on AIM

29th January 2019 Team17 gears up for strong annual results in debut year of trading on AIM Wakefield-headquartered global games developer Team17 is expecting to report revenues ahead of expectations after seeing a “strong sales read more

Yorkshire can be ‘one of the truly great manufacturing regions in the world’

28th January 2019 Yorkshire can be ‘one of the truly great manufacturing regions in the world Manufacturers who spoke passionately about their sector and ensuring its future success at TheBusinessDesk.com’s What read more

Redhall secures £2m from shareholders

28th January 2019 Redhall secures £2m from shareholders Wakefield-based manufacturing and specialist services business Redhall Group has secured £2m short-term financing facilities from two of its major read more

Shareholders at listed engineering group provide £2m financing to bolster working capital

25th January 2019 Shareholders at listed engineering group provide £2m financing to bolster working capital Listed engineering group Redhall Group has agreed £2m short-term financing facilities with two shareholders read more

Listed retailer sees 8% drop in pre-Christmas trading

25th January 2019 Listed retailer sees 8% drop in pre-Christmas trading Womenswear retailer Bonmarché saw overall sales drop 8.1% in the three months to 29 December 2018. The Wakefield-headquartered firm this morning read more

Leeds entrepreneur sells his £1.5m building maintenance business

25th January 2019 Leeds entrepreneur sells his £1.5m building maintenance business A local businessman has sold Woods Building Maintenance to Wakefield’s B38 Group, following its transformation into a read more

Job opportunities as Wakefield company wins rail contract

24th January 2019 Job opportunities as Wakefield company wins rail contract An infrastructure company based in Normanton is set to create around 25 new job roles, after being selected to deliver an additional Network Rail contract for read more

West Yorkshire office complex snapped up by property investment firm

24th January 2019 West Yorkshire office complex snapped up by property investment firm A two-storey office complex in Wakefield has been purchased off a guide price of £788,000. The 8,337 sq ft property was built in the 1990s read more

Construction group wins £7.5m processing facility contract on former power station

24th January 2019 Construction group wins £7.5m processing facility contract on former power station Clugston Construction has secured a £7.5m contract to provide civils work for a new bottom ash processing facility at read more

FREE BUSINESS ADVISOR ON THE DOORSTEP IN WAKEFIELD JAN 30TH 2019!

24th January 2019 One to one expert advise for small businesses. Don't miss this fantastic clinic on: Wednesday 30th January 19 10:00-14:00, University Business Centre - 6-8 Bond Terrace, Wakefield WF1 2HW This clinic is for read more

WAKEFIELD ENGINEER WINS TOP 100 AWARD

23rd January 2019 WAKEFIELD ENGINEER WINS TOP 100 AWARD WAKEFIELD engineer, Peter Haythorne has been inducted into The Manufacturer’s Top 100. Peter Haythorne joined ICW (UK) Ltd as business manager 12 years ago and was given read more

Manufacturers warn that innovation could be behind the curve in traditional industries

23rd January 2019 Manufacturers warn that innovation could be behind the curve in traditional industries With the introduction of Industry 4.0 and investments such as automation and artificial intelligence being at the top of many read more

Manufacturers striving for growth in the marketplace

22nd January 2019 Manufacturers striving for growth in the marketplace How businesses plan for growth in uncertain trading times was a discussion point at TheBusinessDesk.com’s What Yorkshire Is Made Of read more

No deal Brexit to cost Yorkshire and the Humber £12bn a year by 2034, according to CBI

22nd January 2019 No deal Brexit to cost Yorkshire and the Humber £12bn a year by 2034, according to CBI The long-term economic impact of a ‘no deal’ Brexit on the Yorkshire and the Humber has been estimated at an annual read more

Multimillion-pound fire services acquisition for PTSG

21st January 2019 Multimillion-pound fire services acquisition for PTSG AIM-listed Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG) has acquired a fire services business which operates from ten locations across the UK for an initial read more

Unity and strength gives Yorkshire its unique proposition’ – manufacturers outline strengths of the sector amid challenges

21st January 2019 Unity and strength gives Yorkshire its unique proposition’ – manufacturers outline strengths of the sector amid challenges A group of senior leaders and owners of manufacturing firms across Yorkshire read more

Wakefield wins share of £20m culture fund

18th January 2019 Wakefield, home to The Hepworth Wakefield gallery (pictured), is one of five areas in England to benefit from a new £20m Cultural Development Fund.   The district, which is also home to the Yorkshire read more

Competition launched to find growing northern businesses to pitch to London investors ......

17th January 2019 Following the success of last year’s Entrepreneurs of the North, the Innovation SuperNetwork is once again on the lookout for the North’s most innovative high-growth businesses to win a chance to pitch to a room read more

Lloyds banking group supports Yorkshire Businesses in 2019 with up to £1.4bn of lending

17th January 2019 As part of Lloyds Banking Group’s national pledge to lend £18billion to UK businesses, the Group expects to support firms in Yorkshire with up to £1.4billion of lending during 2019. As part read more

Leeds Beckett University is offering businesses the chance to kick start their growth plans in 2019 with a package of free support worth over £6000.

16th January 2019 Eligible businesses will be able to register their business address and enjoy access to hot desking space at one of the University Business Centres in Wakefield, Halifax and Leeds for 6 months completely free of read more

Join Wakefield’s Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 February 2019.

14th January 2019 The Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb is the first major event in the UK’s ‘foodie’ calendar, and we are proud to celebrate Wakefield’s traditional links with rhubarb read more

Aston Barclay opens Europe’s most advanced vehicle auction centre in Normanton, Wakefield in late January

11th January 2019   Aston Barclay is in the final phases of developing its new 78,000 square feet auction super centre in Wakefield before its scheduled opening on 28 January. The site is set to host 15 dealer and fleet auctions per read more

Have Your say on the new plan for Wakefield! Wakefield Council is preparing a new local plan to guide development in the district until 2036. Initial draft plan public consultation is open from Jan 10th to Feb 20th 2019

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Wakefield Headquartered Card Factory sales up despite “challenging” Christmas

11th January 2019 New store openings have boosted sales at high street gift card retailer Card Factory, but lower high street footfall has affected Christmas trading. The listed retailer reported year-to-date group revenue growth of read more

Could you be a school governor?

11th January 2019 Could you be a school governor?   Make a difference to the lives of young people! Have a positive impact in the community! Share and develop your professional skills!   Why Be a read more

Redrow launches ‘It can only be Redrow’ marketing campaign as its new research reveals the property features most coveted by buyers

9th January 2019 Redrow launches ‘It can only be Redrow’ marketing campaign as its new research reveals the property features most coveted by buyers -Campaign aims to demonstrate Redrow’s focus on beautiful and read more

Sewtec lands six-figure deal for tea manufacturer machinery

8th January 2019 Sewtec lands six-figure deal for tea manufacturer machinery Manufacturer Sewtec has announced the creation of a six-figure packaging machine to create new Tetley fruit tea products. The Dewsbury-based firm said its read more

Wakefield based B38 Group, the specialist provider in outsourced contracting and facilities services has successfully acquired Leeds based Woods Building Maintenance Limited.

7th January 2019 B38 Group provides commercial hard and soft facilities management services to private sector clients and works with a growing number of blue-chip organisations. B38 Group has successfully acquired Leeds based read more

Reel Cinemas to open at The Ridings shopping centre, Wakefield

7th January 2019 The Ridings owner NewRiver is pleased to announce that it has exchanged contracts with Reel Cinemas, the community cinema operator, to open a five-screen cinema at the centre. The new cinema is scheduled to open in May 2019, read more

Award-Winning Corporate Finance Boutique Celebrates 30 Years of Business

7th January 2019 The year 2019 marks fds’s 30 Year Anniversary since the business was established back in 1989 by its now CEO, Jo Haigh. Fds Director Services was established to provide corporate finance services to owner managed read more

Wakefield Shirt Group – Double Two & Wm. Sugden & Sons continue to weave their magic into Wakefield and Worldwide

7th January 2019 Well known shirt brand Double Two was founded in Wakefield in 1940 when Isaac Donner arrived in the city as a refugee and was welcomed to the city with the idea that he provide employment for local women.  The company grew read more

Growth in Northern Powerhouse museum visits .....

7th January 2019 The number of visits to museums and galleries in the Northern Powerhouse has grown by more than 20 per cent. Between April and October, there were about 5.14 million visitors across the nine institutions in the region, an read more

Another offering in Wakefield for new Businesses …..

3rd January 2019 Another offering in Wakefield for new Businesses Are you just getting started in business? Would you welcome some business support? Are you looking for a new base for your office? Are you looking for help read more

UK trade and investment in 2018: behind the numbers

3rd January 2019 UK trade and investment in 2018: behind the numbers More businesses than ever are seeking expansion opportunities overseas. More businesses than ever are seeking expansion opportunities overseas, read more

Deal agreed for Merchant Gate offices

3rd January 2019 Deal agreed for Merchant Gate offices A property support service has agreed a deal for office space at the Merchant Gate mixed-use development in Wakefield. B38 Group has signed a five-year lease for 6,683 sq ft of read more

Local ice manufacturer secures two major European export deals

20th December 2018 Local ice manufacturer secures two major European export deals A South Kirkby ice cube manufacturer has secured two export contracts with pan-European supermarkets. The Ice Co - Europe’s largest read more

Wakefield Economic Strategy-People, Business & Places

19th December 2018 Wakefield Economic Strategy People, Business & Places As we head towards Christmas, here’s a round-up of progress on Wakefield’s Economic Strategy as we head into 2019. The Economic Strategy is read more

Limerston Capital snaps up £40m-turnover Wakefield manufacturer Prism

19th December 2018 Limerston Capital snaps up £40m-turnover Wakefield manufacturer Prism London investment firm Limerston Capital has acquired Yorkshire healthcare equipment manufacturer Prism Medical UK. The deal read more

LDC completes exit from £40m healthcare equipment manufacturer

18th December 2018 LDC completes exit from £40m healthcare equipment manufacturer LDC, the mid-market private equity investor, has completed the sale of its stake in a Wakefield-headquartered manufacturer and provider of read more

Contractor appointed to new warehouse development

18th December 2018 Contractor appointed to new warehouse development A contract has been awarded for the construction of a new warehouse facility on the Green Lane Industrial Estate in Featherstone, following the awarded of planning read more

Flipping the face of recruitment

18th December 2018 Flipping the face of recruitment The challenge The state of the adult social care sector and workforce in England September 2018 report, has published its findings on the current staffing and recruitment read more

YOUR SPACE PONTEFRACT HAS ARRIVED!

18th December 2018 YOUR SPACE PONTEFRACT HAS ARRIVED! Your Space Pontefract opened its doors on Saturday 15th December at 8am. We’ve changed quite a bit recently, departing from our previous brand Fitness Flex, to bring you a more read more

New names join Mid Yorkshire Chamber

14th December 2018 New names join Mid Yorkshire Chamber The Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has added three new faces to its board of directors. Alison Palmer, corporate partner at Eaton Smith, Mark Evans, director of Better read more

Planning for Brexit

13th December 2018 Planning for Brexit We are aware that businesses are finding Brexit scenario planning a difficult exercise as so much remains unknown, there are steps businesses can be taking now to help understand the scenarios they read more

ICW (UK) Ltd founder appointed to Gov’t Made Smarter commission

13th December 2018 ICW (UK) Ltd founder appointed to Gov’t Made Smarter commission YORKSHIRE entrepreneur, Margaret Wood MBE has been appointed to the Government Made Smarter Commission of industrial leaders tasked with read more

Wakefield’s The Dental Studio scoops multiple wins at national Dentistry Awards and Private Dentistry Awards

12th December 2018 Wakefield's The Dental Studio scoops multiple wins at national Dentistry Awards and Private Dentistry Awards The Dental Studio in Wakefield is celebrating after winning multiple awards across several read more

Administrators appointed at £21m-turnover lighting specialist

12th December 2018 Administrators appointed at £21m-turnover lighting specialist A £21m-turnover smart wireless lighting specialist has appointed administrators, with a number of staff made redundant. Sarah read more

New co-owner for brewery and pub operator

10th December 2018 New co-owner for brewery and pub operator A brewery and pub operator with 26 sites across Yorkshire has sold a 50 per cent stake to the co-founder of a Queen's Award-winning IT consultancy. Ossett Brewery's read more

Contedia secures contract with leading traffic management manufacturer

10th December 2018 Contedia secures contract with leading traffic management manufacturer Contedia have won another new contract with a UK manufacturer to develop a custom production management and scheduling system for the read more

Perks are Gained by All as a Result of Company Acquisition

10th December 2018 Perks are Gained by All as a Result of Company Acquisition Award-winning corporate finance boutique fds Director Services advised on the sale of member benefits specialists Parliament Hill on its sale of the entire read more

Tour de Yorkshire 2019 to travel through our district on 3 May

10th December 2018 Tour de Yorkshire 2019 to travel through our district on 3 May The Tour de Yorkshire is returning to the Wakefield district on Friday 3 May 2019! Stage 2 of the men’s race and Stage 1 of the women’s races will read more

Shake up for Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce

6th December 2018 Shake up for Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce A Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce group has introduced three district sub divisions to its existing structure. The Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce says businesses read more

24,000 sq ft industrial unit hits the market

5th December 2018 24,000 sq ft industrial unit hits the market A newly refurbished 24,000 sq ft unit has come on to the market at Normanton Industrial Estate in Wakefield. Owned by Leeds-based developer, Eshton, the prime space read more

GET FESTIVE FOR FIRST FRIDAY!

5th December 2018 GET FESTIVE FOR FIRST FRIDAY! For a second year running Bondholders brings a slient chairty auction to their Wakefield Business community. Delegates can enjoy festive speed networking and breakfast read more

Win a place on Evoke Media's Blog Up North Influencer Marketing Day

4th December 2018 Win a place on Evoke Media's Blog Up North Influencer Marketing Day More than half of marketers are planning to increase their Influencer Marketing Budget in the next 12 months. And at least 309 million people are read more

ICW supply discreet windows for critical sector industry

4th December 2018 ICW supply discreet windows for critical sector industry YORKSHIRE based specialist window manufacturer, ICW (UK)Ltd has won a contract to supply switchable windows to a defence company. The windows are part of an read more

WAKEFIELDS POLYGLOBAL LAUNCH GAME CHANGING MATERIAL

3rd December 2018 A WORLD leading polyurethane moulder has launched its own range of high-performance materials to meet increasing customer demand for stronger and more durable alternatives in critical read more

Packaging firm snaps up food specialist

3rd December 2018 Packaging firm snaps up food specialist Featherstone-based Integrated Packing Services (IPS) has snapped up specialist food manufacturing and packaging business, Foodpack. Investment management firm Seneca read more

Panto season is in full swing at Wakefields' Theatre Royal! OH YES IT IS!

30th November 2018 Last night Wakefield Bondholders and Wakefield First were out in full force mixing business with pleasure to witness a magical yet side splitting and interactive show, from the team that brought you Dick read more

Yorkshire firms rank on list of Britain’s fastest-growing private companies

30th November 2018 Yorkshire firms rank on list of Britain’s fastest-growing private companies The 22nd annual Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 league table features five companies headquartered in read more

Improvements to be made to West Yorkshire stations

30th November 2018 Improvements to be made to West Yorkshire stations A series of improvements are set to be made to five West Yorkshire railway stations as part of the Great North Rail Project. Network Rail will begin work in December to read more

The Hepworth Wakefield has been selected to participate in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2018, the UK’s largest match funding campaign.

29th November 2018 The Hepworth Wakefield are working with acclaimed landscape architect, Tom Stuart-Smith to create one of the UK’s largest free public gardens – opening summer 2019. They need your read more

Wakefield Council support Small Business Saturday

28th November 2018 Wakefield Council support Small Business Saturday Wakefield Council is supporting Small Business Saturday (December 1) by highlighting the support and advice it offers to help enterprises to grow and read more

Wakefield Council support Small Business Saturday

28th November 2018 Wakefield Council support Small Business Saturday Wakefield Council is supporting Small Business Saturday (December 1) by highlighting the support and advice it offers to help enterprises to grow and read more

Tour de Yorkshire 2020 could bring 'significant' benefits to region with local support

28th November 2018 Hosting the race provides crucial national and international exposure for North Yorkshire and the wider region, with TV coverage in 190 countries. An independent study estimated that this year’s race boosted read more

FESTIVE TUNES AND SWEET TREATS AT FREE WAKEFIELD CHRISTMAS EVENT

28th November 2018 FESTIVE favourites from a brass band accompanied by hot chocolate and sweet treats are on the menu at a special Christmas event at City Fields in Wakefield. Redrow ‘s Aberford Road development, featuring three and read more

Yorkshire Businesses Team Up to Close eCommerce Acquisition

27th November 2018 Yorkshire Businesses Team Up to Close eCommerce Acquisition Wakefield-based fds Director Services has advised on the sale of Statement, a leading Shopify Plus eCommerce agency to IDHL Group, one of the read more

New planning consent sought for former Poundworld HQ

27th November 2018 New planning consent sought for former Poundworld HQ An application has been submitted to add an additional use to the former West Yorkshire headquarters of collapsed retailer Poundworld to help market the property to read more

Wakefield fabricator secures £2m of new business

26th November 2018 Wakefield fabricator secures £2m of new business Conservatory Outlet, the Wakefield-based specialist fabricator, has more than doubled the size of its business over the last five years after announcing read more

You spin me right round …. Castleford Modern Manufacturer continues to turn the tables globally

23rd November 2018 You spin me right round …. Castleford Modern Manufacturer continues to turn the tables globally Really useful products Ltd have Plastic Box manufacturing facilities in both Normanton and Castleford are read more

Yorkshire manufacturers ‘at risk’ decreases as sector continues to strengthen

23rd November 2018 Yorkshire manufacturers ‘at risk’ decreases as sector continues to strengthen The manufacturing sector in Yorkshire is continuing to strengthen after showing signs of month improvement read more

Workplace software firm secures deal for new offices at mixed-use scheme

22nd November 2018 Workplace software firm secures deal for new offices at mixed-use scheme The Merchant Gate mixed-use development in Wakefield is set to welcome workplace software solutions firm SSG. SSG has secured a deal for read more

NORTHERN POWERHOUSE EXPORT AWARDS RETURN FOR 2019

21st November 2018 NORTHERN POWERHOUSE EXPORT AWARDS RETURN FOR 2019 The annual PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export Awards in association with HSBC, The Department of International Trade and Chamber International, is set to return for a read more

Eric Richmond helping others to a slice of the pie ….

20th November 2018 Life of Pie Just Like it started, Eric Richmond’s commitment and work ethic is ever growing with the latest addition to their 15 strong team, Dan Channer. Via the ‘Access to Community and read more

Former student returns to buy Wakefield College site

20th November 2018 Former student returns to buy Wakefield College site Wakefield College is pleased to announce the sale of its Thornes Park Campus to Wakefield-based, award-winning humanitarian charity Penny Appeal. Founded by local read more

Ossett Brewery opens new craft beer concept in Leeds city centre

20th November 2018 Ossett Brewery opens new craft beer concept in Leeds city centre Acting on behalf of Ossett Brewery, CBRE Leeds’ specialist markets team has advised on the acquisition of a unit at 26 East Parade in Leeds city read more

Have your say on how the Council spends its budget in 2019-20

19th November 2018 Have your say on how the Council spends its budget in 2019-20 As we head into Christmas and New Year, we’re consulting on how the Council budget should be spent in 2019/20 and we’re actively seeking the views of local read more

Half-year profits rise at 600 Group

19th November 2018 Half-year profits rise at 600 Group Pre-tax tax profit has grown by more than a third in the half-year results for engineering business 600 Group. The Heckmondwike-based group reported an underlying pre-tax profit read more

Swim start-up in Ossett and Sandal makes a splash

15th November 2018 West Yorkshire based swim school is celebrating rapid growth as it enters its third year in business. Founded by young entrepreneur, Nathaniel Birkett, 29, The Swim Specialist has increased turnover by 90% and read more

Positive sales quarter for listed Card Factory

15th November 2018 Positive sales quarter for listed Card Factory Wakefield-headquartered listed retailer Card Factory has seen group revenue during the night months to 31 October increased by +3.4% (2018: +6.7%). In a trading read more

Pontefract headquartered HARIBO to launch in designer York outlet this month ...

14th November 2018 UK confectionery manufacturer, HARIBO is opening its second outlet store at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet York. Officially launching on Thursday November 22, the 1,487 sq ft unit follows the unveiling of the London read more

Channel 4 HQ plans to be explored after “breakthrough” moment

14th November 2018 A meeting next week is set to discuss the next steps following the landmark news that Channel 4 has chosen Leeds as the location for its national HQ and to explore the wider impact the decision has on read more

Redrow’s Montpellier semi, available at St John’s Mews, Wakefield and viewable as a fully furnished show home at Aspen Park, in Garforth

13th November 2018 Redrow’s Montpellier semi, available at St John’s Mews, Wakefield and viewable as a fully furnished show home at Aspen Park, in Garforth GET A SNEAK PREVIEW OF REDROW’S REGENT COLLECTION HOMES WOULD-BE read more

Wakefield Content Marketing Agency Expands Services With Appointment Of Two New Team Members

13th November 2018 Wakefield Content Marketing Agency Expands Services With Appointment Of Two New Team Members Stada Video continues its plans to become a major player in the industry by expanding its services and adding to its ever read more

Manufacturer secures £2m of new business in fifth consecutive year of growth

13th November 2018 Manufacturer secures £2m of new business in fifth consecutive year of growth A Wakefield-based specialist fabricator has secured £2m worth of new business in 2018. Conservatory Outlet, which read more

Plan for scheme which includes 2,000 new homes moves forward

12th November 2018 Plan for scheme which includes 2,000 new homes moves forward A Planning Promotional Agreement has been agreed and signed for a proposed urban development which could deliver 2,000 homes as well as employment, community read more

Charity Angel joins TopicUK team

9th November 2018 Charity Angel joins TopicUK team TopicUK the community B2B magazine, is delighted to announce that Mandy Taylor has joined the team as Business Development Executive. Mandy joins at an exciting time as TopicUK read more

Deadline extended for Made in Yorkshire Awards

8th November 2018 Deadline extended for Made in Yorkshire Awards The deadline for entries to Insider’s flagship manufacturing awards Made in Yorkshire has been extended until 23 November. Eleven awards are presented at the read more

HARIBO welcomes new managing director; CBRE appoints regional director; and more

8th November 2018 HARIBO welcomes new managing director; CBRE appoints regional director; and more HARIBO UK & Ireland has announced the appointment of Jon Hughes as Managing Director. This appointment follows the promotion read more

West Yorkshire telecoms services group snapped up in multi-million pound deal

8th November 2018 West Yorkshire telecoms services group snapped up in multi-million pound deal AdEPT Technology Group has signed an agreement to acquire ETS Communications Holdings and its trading subsidiary ETS Communications in a read more

FREE ONLINE LEARNING IN WAKEFIELD

7th November 2018 Wakefield council are offering employers a chance to upskill their workforces with several FREE level 2 online learning courses. Current courses available are as follows; - Business Administration - read more

Say Cheese!

7th November 2018 Michael Lee Fine Cheeses have a lot to smile about as they unveil their new look...   Based in Featherstone, It seems that it’s not only the cheese that goes from strength to strength. Michael Lee read more

Succession strategy puts new team at the helm of £20m Yorkshire firm SCS Group

7th November 2018 Succession strategy puts new team at the helm of £20m Yorkshire firm SCS Group Wakefield-headquartered contractor The SCS Group (SCS) has undergone a buyout deal financed by Allied Irish Bank (GB). The read more

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, set in the beautiful Wakefield Countryside, to open new visitor centre in March 2019.

6th November 2018 The new £3.6million visitor centre – to be known as The Weston as a result of significant support from family grant-maker, The Garfield Weston Foundation – will open to the public on Saturday 30 March 2019. read more

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

6th November 2018 SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY Another year making a Big Difference! Small Business Saturday reaches millions of customers and businesses each year - get involved now! Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, read more

Glass manufacturer invests £75k in facilities to service growing rum market

1st November 2018 Glass manufacturer invests £75,000 in facilities to service growing rum market A glass manufacturer based in Knottingley has invested £75,000 in mould equipment at its production facility to launch a new read more

Private equity firm completes sale of £380m print management firm

1st November 2018 Private equity firm completes sale of £380m print management firm Mid-market private equity firm Equistone Partners Europe has completed the sale of managed print services provider Apogee to HP, in a deal that read more

Acquisitive agency swoops for Wakefield firm

1st November 2018 Acquisitive agency swoops for Wakefield firm A digital firm with offices in Wetherby and Harrogate has acquired Wakefield-headquartered Statement, a fast-growing Shopify agency. IDHL has a group of agencies and read more

Entries now open for FSB Small Business Awards

30th October 2018 Entries now open for FSB Small Business Awards The FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards recognise the best small businesses and the self-employed from right across the UK, from every sector and industry and from read more

Buyer secured for Poundworld intellectual property

30th October 2018 Buyer secured for Poundworld intellectual property The intellectual property assets of collapsed Wakefield-based retailer Poundworld have been acquired from administrators by a Leeds-based business which is read more

Host and judges for 2019 Yorkshire Business Masters revealed

30th October 2018 Host and judges for 2019 Yorkshire Business Masters revealed TheBusinessDesk.com can today announce the host of the 2019 Business Masters and reveal the high profile panel that will judge the entries across 13 read more

Yorkshire firm buys Poundworld’s intellectual property

29th October 2018 Yorkshire firm buys Poundworld’s intellectual property A Leeds-based property developer hopes to open 250 stores next year after buying the intellectual property assets of the failed discount retailer read more

A series of free events exploring the role of women in driving forward innovation & growth in business will be hosted by Leeds Beckett University across West Yorkshire as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

26th October 2018 A series of free events exploring the role of women in driving forward innovation and growth in business will be hosted by Leeds Beckett University across West Yorkshire as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. The Women read more

Deadline approaching for Made in Yorkshire awards

26th October 2018 Deadline approaching for Made in Yorkshire awards The deadline for entries to Insider’s flagship Made in Yorkshire Awards 2019 is just a week away. Eleven awards are presented at the March dinner at the Hilton City read more

Works Better Top tips to creating a Healthy Workplace

25th October 2018 Top tips to creating a Healthy Workplace  Creating a healthy workplace is being proven to be fundamental to not only support employees health and wellbeing but also workforce productivity. When you talk about read more

CEO at listed engineering group steps down with immediate effect

25th October 2018 CEO at listed engineering group steps down with immediate effect The chief executive of listed engineering group Redhall has resigned his position and has left the board with immediate effect, just six months after read more

New senior management appointments for 600 Group

25th October 2018 New senior management appointments for 600 Group Engineering business the 600 Group has filled two newly-created senior management roles. Terry Allison will take up the new role of chief operating officer at the read more

Managed Workspace & Incubation Space in the Wakefield district

24th October 2018 There is a series of managed office spaces and incubation centres, which are perfect for start-up businesses, spread across the Wakefield district. Renting your first premises enables you to lower your initial overheads. read more

Aston Barclay secures West Yorkshire site

24th October 2018 Aston Barclay secures West Yorkshire site Aston Barclay, which last week acquired online car retailer The Car Buying Group (TCBG), has completed a deal for a new West Yorkshire car auction centre. Illuminating read more

NEW CFO FOR TEAM17

24th October 2018 New CFO for Team17 The chief financial officer of video game developer Team17 is set to step down from the role, to be replaced by a former director at Experian. Paul Bray joined the business in 2010 and has presided over read more

KEEPMOAT AQUIRES 19-ACRE DEVELOPMENT SITE

23rd October 2018 Keepmoat acquires 19-acre development site Keepmoat Homes has completed the purchase of a 19-acre development site in Wakefield earmarked for more than 250 new homes. The housebuilder has acquired the site at read more

Nominations now open for Northern Powerhouse Export Awards 2019

22nd October 2018 Nominations are now open for the PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export Awards in association with HSBC and the Department for International Trade. The awards are open to exporters of all types and read more

Wakefield’s NGC Networks drive revenues to £6m

19th October 2018 Wakefield based Business telecommunications company NGC Networks is celebrating double-digit turnover growth generating £6m in its latest financial results, a year-on-year uptick of 16%. The growth was read more

CONSERVATORY OUTLET WINS TOP MANUFACTURING AWARD

18th October 2018 CONSERVATORY OUTLET WINS TOP MANUFACTURING AWARD WAKEFIELD’S Conservatory Outlet Limited smashed the glass ceiling at the inaugural Wakefield Manufacturing Awards to win Manufacturer of the Year read more

Apprenticeship Grant for Wakefield Employers ... One Person, Big difference.

18th October 2018 Are you a business with less than 50 employees? Are you a Construction, Manufacturing, Engineering, IT or Digital Business? Never employed an apprentice? Want to recruit your future software developer, IT read more

Xscape Yorkshire set for multimillion-pound refurb

18th October 2018 Xscape Yorkshire set for multimillion-pound refurb The Xscape Yorkshire attraction is set to undergo a £2m refurbishment starting in 2019. The centre opened its doors in October 2003 on the former read more

West Yorkshire industrial estates fully occupied

17th October 2018 West Yorkshire industrial estates fully occupied The final units both Balm Road Industrial Park, Leeds, and Astoria Court, Normanton, have now been let. Comprising 3,689 sq ft, Unit 6 at Balm Road has been let on a read more

WACCL LAUNCHES WITH JUST 20 SEATS AVAILABLE

16th October 2018 Wakefield’s Annual Christmas Charity Lunch (WACCL) has almost sold out with just 20 seats available. With tickets starting at just £50 per head and tables at £500 many companies have had their seats read more
WACCL LAUNCHES WITH JUST 20 SEATS AVAILABLE

£10m speculative scheme brings over 50 jobs to Wakefield

16th October 2018 £10m speculative scheme brings over 50 jobs to Wakefield Marshall CDP has just completed phase three of its £10m industrial development at South Kirkby, Wakefield, bringing over 50 jobs to the read more

Training Specialists Partner to Develop World-Class Non-Executive Director Training for Exiting Military Officers

15th October 2018 Training Specialists Partner to Develop World-Class Non-Executive Director Training for Exiting Military Officers OnBoarding Officers is an accelerated non-executive training programme that has been created to read more

ASTON BARCLAY ACQUIRES WAKEFIELD-BASED THE CAR BUYING GROUP WITH PLANS TO DOUBLE TURNOVER AND WORKFORCE OVER NEXT FEW YEARS

15th October 2018 ASTON BARCLAY ACQUIRES WAKEFIELD-BASED THE CAR BUYING GROUP WITH PLANS TO DOUBLE TURNOVER AND WORKFORCE OVER NEXT FEW YEARS Aston Barclay, the UK’s leading independent vehicle auction group has announced that read more

Wakefield headquartered Card Factory, has named former chief exec of Britvic as new chairman.

15th October 2018 Wakefield headquartered high street gift card retailer Card Factory, has named a former chief executive of Britvic as its new chairman. Geoff Cooper, who has held the position since 2014, advised the Card Factory read more

Celebrating the achievements of over 100 young people in care from the Wakefield district.

12th October 2018 We are celebrating the achievements of over 100 young people in care from the Wakefield district. Jono Lancaster from the district who himself is care experienced has leant his voice to drive awareness read more

Celebrating the achievements of over 100 young people in care from the Wakefield district.

12th October 2018 We are celebrating the achievements of over 100 young people in care from the Wakefield district. Jono Lancaster from the district who himself is care experienced has leant his voice to drive awareness read more

AD:VENTURE has shown its support for Wakefield Business Week, which will comprise of 15 separate events over 5 days across the district.

26th September 2018 Following the formal launch of WBW at Unity Hall Wakefield, the following schedule of events on Monday 1 October include, Digital Disruption, Survival or Growth, delivered by AD:VENTURE, at the Advanced read more

WAKEFIELD BUSINESS WEEK SPONSOR ASTON BARCLAY SET TO OPEN EUROPE’S MOST MODERN VEHICLE AUCTION CENTRE IN WAKEFIELD

26th September 2018 ASTON BARCLAY SET TO OPEN EUROPE’S MOST MODERN VEHICLE AUCTION CENTRE IN WAKEFIELD Aston Barclay has announced plans to open a new vehicle auction Mega centre in Photon Park near Wakefield, following planning read more

YORKSHIRE entrepreneur & Wakefield Business Week panelist Margaret Wood MBE appointed to Government Made Smarter Commission of industrial leaders

26th September 2018 YORKSHIRE ENTRPRENEUR APPOINTED TO MADE SMARTER COMMISSION YORKSHIRE entrepreneur, Margaret Wood MBE has been appointed to the Government Made Smarter Commission of industrial leaders tasked with tackling low read more

Wakefield First in partnership with Wakefield Bondholders will stage a fitting finale for Wakefield Business Week

25th September 2018 BONDHOLDERS JOIN FIRST FOR BUSINESS WEEK FINALE   www.wakefieldfirst.com in partnership with Wakefield Bondholders will stage a fitting finale for Wakefield Business Week (WBW) on Friday 5th October at read more
Wakefield First in partnership with Wakefield Bondholders will stage a fitting finale for Wakefield Business Week

David Masters, OE Electrics’ Group Managing Director Answers Your Questions at the launch of Wakefield Business Week 2018.

25th September 2018 OE Electrics, electrical manufacturer and 2017 ‘Wakefield business of the year’ shows their continuous support for their local community, as the proud headline sponsor for this year’s read more

OE ELECTRICS, ELECTRICAL MANUFACTURER AND 2017 ‘WAKEFIELD BUSINESS OF THE YEAR’ SPONSORS WAKEFIELD BUSINESS WEEK.

24th September 2018 OE Electrics Ltd. has been servicing the office interiors market since 1993 and has become a name well-recognised within the industry. Thanks to this long-term success, along with a move to their new 65,000 sf purpose-built read more

Its time to work on your Business not in it! 5 DAYS – 1 District. Sponsored by OE Electrics

20th September 2018 Wakefield Business Week 2018 gives you 15 chances to take your business to the next level? 15 separate events across the city and its district including West Bretton, Castleford, Osset and Stanley. The Wakefield read more

The West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference is back - 18th September 2018

5th September 2018 The West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference is back 18th September 2018 - 0745hrs - 1645hrs - New Dock, Leeds This year the focus is on making development and regeneration projects happen to drive economic growth! read more

Wakefield Hospice to hold star studded Sporting Dinner this November 16th ...

4th September 2018 Wakefield Hospice are holding a star studded Sporting Dinner this November 16th at the Cedar Court Hotel from 7pm. A chance to mingle, network and most importantly enjoy an evening whilst raising money for a very read more
Wakefield Hospice to hold star studded Sporting Dinner this November 16th ...

The Spirit of Wakefield Scoops Silver Medals in International Awards

4th September 2018 Nightingale’s Gin, Wakefield’s first commercial gin brand, has won a brace of silver medals at one of the world’s most highly acclaimed spirit competitions. The International Wine & Spirits read more

CALLING ALL THE DISTRICTS SME'S! For Heathrow Airports Business Summit held in Doncaster October 11th.

4th September 2018 The Heathrow Business Summit on Thursday 11th October 2018 will give Yorkshire SME businesses the chance to have free 15 minute face-to-face appointments with Heathrow’s supply chain in a one day event taking read more
CALLING ALL THE DISTRICTS SME'S! For Heathrow Airports Business Summit held in Doncaster October 11th.

NORMANTON-BASED PACKAGING COMPANY, PARKSIDE, GIVES JOBS BOOST TO LOCAL ECONOMY

4th September 2018 NORMANTON-BASED PACKAGING COMPANY, PARKSIDE, GIVES JOBS BOOST TO LOCAL ECONOMY  Normanton-based speciality packaging manufacturer, Parkside, has increased its workforce by more than a quarter in a little read more

Normanton firm at the forefront of national Manufacturing Award

4th September 2018 Normanton based Yorkshire Laser and Fabrication (YLF) has been shortlisted for the UK’s most prestigious manufacturing awards. The company which specialises in power generation, communications and medical read more

Creating opportunities from Digital Disruption TED style @ Wakefield Business Week 2018

3rd September 2018 As technology evolves at increasing speed, so too do the threats and opportunities to businesses…of all shapes and sizes.  So in this constantly shifting digital world, how do you future proof read more

Celebrating sport and business at Wakefield Bondholders’ first Friday this week

3rd September 2018 INCLUSIVE SPORT SCORES WITH BONDHOLDERS Celebrating sport and business, Wakefield Bondholders’ first Friday, taking place on 7th September, will welcome Craig Shepherd, General Manager for Wakefield read more

Wakefield College celebrates A Level results…

16th August 2018 A Level students from Wakefield College’s Sixth Form have once again demonstrated hard work and determination after the class of 2018 achieved another strong set of results. Figures revealed last night showed read more

Wakefield Manufacturing Forum launching first ‘Wakefield Manufacturing Awards’ at Wakefield Business Week 18

16th August 2018 The Wakefield Manufacturing Forum is launching the first ever ‘Wakefield Manufacturing Awards’, a new event to the Wakefield region, focused entirely on recognising and celebrating the vibrancy and read more
Wakefield Manufacturing Forum launching first ‘Wakefield Manufacturing Awards’ at Wakefield Business Week 18

Want to learn how to start or grow your digital business? Free Workshops start in Wakefield September 2018

15th August 2018 Want to learn how to start or grow your digital business? Futurelabs has designed FutureStart – just 5 evening sessions which will give you the tools you need for building and growing your digital idea into a read more

Good times are on the menu with Wakefield cities FIRST ever Restaurant Week.

15th August 2018 Led by the Wakefield Bid, Wakefield will celebrate its position as one of the most up and coming food and drink locations in the country with the city centre's first ever Restaurant Week, from September 1st to 7th read more

TRINITY WALK WELCOMES NEW CAFÉ-BAKERY MUFFIN BREAK TO WAKEFIELD

15th August 2018 Growing café-bakery chain Muffin Break will open its doors in Trinity Walk shopping centre Wakefield on Thursday 16th August.  With 60 over café-bakeries nationwide Muffin Break is gaining in read more

Theatre Royal Wakefield entered into UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre competition .... OH YES THEY HAVE!

9th August 2018 The UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre competition IS OPEN! Theatre Royal Wakefield have entered the competition, and would love as much support as possible! It is an online vote where entrants are put into a prize read more

SWEET SUCCESS FOR HARIBO FRUITILICIOUS

9th August 2018 HARIBO Pontefract, the UK’s leading gums and jellies manufacturer, has been shortlisted in The Grocer New Product Awards for its recently launched reduced sugar treat, Fruitilicious. At over 150 years old, The read more

WHY WAKEFIELD FOR IT SUPPORT SPECIALISTS EITEX

9th August 2018 Following a 20-year milestone in business, established IT support specialists Eitex took a bold move and relocated to the Wakefield district in 2017. Now, having spent a year as part of the local business community, we spoke read more

VFS South Kirkby on more than just a roll …

9th August 2018 Part of the FAIST Group, a London registered worldwide Manufacturing and Technology group, VFS have built a reputation of supplying the highest quality LCV bodywork to major OEM manufacturers and Fleet operators read more

SFB Group Wakefield is shortlisted for top business awards

9th August 2018 A local firm of chartered accountants, wealth managers and business advisers are celebrating after being shortlisted for the UKs most prestigious accountancy awards. SFB Group has been named a finalist at this read more
SFB Group Wakefield is shortlisted for top business awards

Wakefield-based chocolate manufacturing equipment supplier receives support from Department for International Trade

8th August 2018 A Wakefield-based chocolate manufacturing equipment supplier has received support from the Department for International Trade (DIT) to support growth plans. Coeur de Xocolat, founded by David read more

Pontefract shone brightly yesterday for its entry into the Great British High Street Awards!

1st August 2018 Yesterday Pontefract saw the Teams from the the Great British High Street Awards, Wakefield Council and Wakefield First out in force! The Sun shone brightly over the town centre showcasing all in their read more
Pontefract shone brightly yesterday for its entry into the Great British High Street Awards!

Kitwave agrees deal for new northern distribution centre in Wakefield

30th July 2018 Wholesaler Kitwave has secured a four-acre site in Wakefield for its new 65,000 sq ft northern distribution centre. The company will take space at Wakefield Hub, a logistics site capable of accommodating in excess of 1.5 read more

Banner of Normanton snaps up cleaning products specialist

25th July 2018 Wakefield-headquartered workplace supplies and services provider Banner has acquired a Leicestershire-based cleaning and hygiene products specialist. Subec Wiping Solutions, based in Hinckley, supplies the UK read more

The Nostell Estate is Recognised for its Commitment to the Environment

24th July 2018 A business park based just outside of Wakefield has received a series of awards and grants acknowledging its commitment to the environment. The Nostell Estate, which is located alongside Nostell Priory, was last read more

HARIBO PRESENTED WITH PRESTIGIOUS RoSPA PRESIDENT’S AWARD

24th July 2018 HARIBO has been handed a prestigious RoSPA President’s Award in recognition of its continued commitment to health and safety practices.    Having received its thirteenth consecutive Gold read more

Why diversity is good for a business with Gillian Arnold, Managing Director of Tectre

24th July 2018 ‘’You can’t open a trade paper or a broadsheet these days without hearing the industry bodies telling you that diversity is good for your business. Believe it or not, this trend started in America in the mid read more

An alternative to traditional tutoring in the centre of Pontefract

24th July 2018 Young Minds Matter study-centre which Opened in October 2017 is the creation of Katharine Young and Maggi Addison–Hewitt. Situated in central Pontefract, the centre offers effective learning experiences read more

Council’s New Economic Strategy Launched

20th July 2018 Wakefield Council has launched its new Economic Strategy to create more successful people, businesses and places throughout the district. The strategy will guide the way the Council does business and our read more

BONDHOLDER MEMBERSHIP SHIFTS UP A GEAR WITH THE CAR BUYING GROUP

19th July 2018 Wakefield Bondholders, the private-sector initiative which aims to promote the Wakefield District as a great place to visit, invest and live, has welcomed The Car Buying Group to its network of members. Based in read more

Wakefield Business Conference Wednesday October 3rd 2018, part of the Wakefield First Business Week

16th July 2018 read more

DIGITAL INNOVATION IN THE WORKPLACE WITH NGC NETWORKS WAKEFIELD

13th July 2018 In just two years, artificial intelligence (AI) will create more jobs than it destroys by delivering more business value. That’s according to Gartner, the leading research and advisory company which is also read more

Sir Rodney Walker appointed Chairman of The Yorkshire Society

13th July 2018 A Yorkshireman through and through, Sir Rodney Walker, born in Wakefield, has been appointed Chairman of The Yorkshire Society. Established in 1980, The Yorkshire Society is a not-for-profit organisation that read more

CASTLEFORD CURTAIN MAKERS HAVE SUCCESS ALL SEWN UP

12th July 2018 Nationwide Curtain Makers – recipients of a sizeable grant from ERDF funded programme, AD:VENTURE – celebrated the completion of its new offices and showroom with a star-studded ribbon cutting read more

From strength to strength.. Wakefield based Topic UK, launches Yorkshire wide.

12th July 2018 As Yorkshire business magazine TopicUK has now reached its fifth Birthday, founding partners Gill Laidler and Rob Blackwell made the decision to amalgamate all editions into one Yorkshire edition and following the read more
From strength to strength.. Wakefield based Topic UK, launches Yorkshire wide.

Quite literally a Star Studded event ...

12th July 2018 Theatre Royal Wakefield launched their new studio space and café bar with a ribbon cutting ceremony that saw all the Theatre’s donators and supporters celebrate the official opening. Almost 150 people read more

Family-owned Wakefield business set for £5.5m turnover boost with new Aldi contract

12th July 2018 Family-owned woodworking firm HARTE is set for a multi-million pound turnover boost and workforce expansion after securing a contract with Aldi. The Wakefield-based business will create 15 jobs, and see turnover leap read more

Sewtec to create 40 jobs with new office in Wakefield

10th July 2018 Dewsbury-based robotics specialist Sewtec is set to create about 40 jobs after opening a new mechanical and software engineering design office in Wakefield. The new office at Silkwood Park, just off Junction 40 of the read more

Yorkshire Business Woman Jo Haigh Wins the IoD Yorkshire & North East Non-Exec Director of the Year Award 2018

9th July 2018 With bases in Wakefield, London and Birmingham, Jo Haigh has been awarded the Institute of Directors Yorkshire & North East Non-Exec Director of the Year Award. This regional recognition solidifies Jo’s read more

GROUP RHODES INVESTS IN ITS FUTURE WITH WAKEFIELD FACTORY RELOCATION

9th July 2018 Group Rhodes, the Wakefield-based advanced engineering company is celebrating relocating to new premises on Calder Vale, investing in refurbishing and re-equipping its new manufacturing facility and creating 21 new read more

Leeds LEP boss Roger Marsh to chair new Northern Powerhouse group

9th July 2018 Leeds City Region LEP Chair Roger Marsh is to chair an influential new body to support the Government’s ambitions for the Northern Powerhouse across the region. The Chairs of each of the 11 LEPs in the North of read more

Choices @ 16+ - the skills and careers event for young people is coming to the district .....

9th July 2018 Choices @ 16+ is the skills and careers event for young people in the Wakefield district. Headed up by Wakefield Council in partnership with, Go Higher West Yorkshire, The National Collaborative Outreach Programme, read more

Investor swoops for 176,000 sq ft warehouse in Castleford

6th July 2018 A 176,000 sq ft distribution unit which was occupied by TK Maxx in Castleford has been snapped up for an undisclosed sum. Scarborough-based property investor Broadland Properties has completed the acquisition read more

Hunter Safety Solutions Castleford - Runner up in local business of the year awards scheme.

6th July 2018 The team at Hunter Safety Solutions are delighted to have been announced runners up in a local Business of the Year awards scheme.   The annual awards ceremony, held by Eaton Smith Solicitors at the Cedar Court read more

£7m deal agreed for residential property portfolio to include Wakefield

3rd July 2018 Residential property fund manager Hearthstone Investments has agreed a £7m deal to acquire a portfolio of properties in Wakefield, Cardiff, Doncaster, Hull, Nottingham and Wigan. The firm has exchanged read more

Speculative development for Castleford site following £3.2m sale

3rd July 2018  A new speculative industrial development is set to be built in Castleford following the sale of a 13-acre site for £3.2m. The site, known as 'Super G', has been acquired by Barwood Capital, read more

DIGITAL KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE OFFERS FREE DIGITAL MARKETING WORKSHOPS FOR BUSINESSES

28th June 2018 Digital Knowledge Exchange, the innovative business support programme, is to host two free Digital Breakthrough events this summer to help businesses from across the Leeds city region enhance their digital skills so they read more

Backstage Academy to open first student accommodation

28th June 2018 Wakefield's Backstage Academy, an education facility dedicated to the live events industry, is set to open its first dedicated student accommodation. Opening for their 2018 September cohort, the Waterfront read more

Tech hub to launch in Wakefield

28th June 2018 A new tech hub that will act as an incubator for start-ups in the creative and digital sector is set to open in Wakefield. The Plex has been developed in a grade II-listed building on Margaret Street which was once home to the read more

Work starts on 150,100 sq ft development between Castleford and Pontefract

28th June 2018 Construction has started on a 150,100 sq ft speculative development of production and distribution space close to Junction 32 of the M62 motorway between Castleford and Pontefract. Developer Gregory Property Group read more

How is Wakefield Firsts' World Cup Draw coming along? ...

22nd June 2018 Hosts Russia got the tournament off to a flier with a thumping 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia . Day two saw the highly anticipated match up between Euro 2016 winners Portugal and 2010 World Cup champions Spain in Sochi and what a read more

Grants for community projects to support people into work

20th June 2018 Wakefield Council is inviting voluntary organisations, community groups and businesses to apply for new grant funding to support residents into work and help the local economy to prosper. The People Enabling Area read more

Results for the Regulatory Excellence Awards are announced today ....

20th June 2018 Good Luck to Wakefield's Environmental Health Team! The Regulatory Excellence Awards recognise regulatory organisations, businesses and trade associations achieving positive outcomes through good read more

Pontefract's sweet success

19th June 2018 Pontefract sweet-making giant Haribo has said it is in a "good position" to meet the challenges currently facing the UK confectionery industry. The company reported turnover of £172.7m for the 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

MASTER CHEF WILL BE TALKING INGREDIENTS FOR A STRONG WAKEFIELD ECONOMY AT THE NEXT BONDHOLDERS FIRST FRIDAY.....

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

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

NEWSFLASH - Save The Date for Wakefield Business Week 2018

24th May 2018 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

PONTEFRACT MARKETING AGENCY EXPANDS

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

GROUP RHODES MOVES AHEAD IN FUNDRAISING DRIVE FOR MOVE AHEAD A WAKEFIELD CHARITY

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

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

CELEBRATE THE BRAVERY AND TALENTS OF YOUNG PEOPLE ACROSS THE WAKEFIELD DISTRICT

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
£230 million flotation plans for Wakefield video game developer

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

Giving back to the local community - HARIBO HERB GARDEN OFFERS FEAST FOR THE SENSES AT PONTEFRACT CASTLE

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 www.ad-venture.org.uk 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

NGC NETWORKS AT GO DIGITAL – LIVE!

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

MUSIC FUTURES HITS THE RIGHT NOTE FOR BUSINESS

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

FIRST CHOICE CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF SUCCESS

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

TALENTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS OF CHILDREN CELEBRATED IN WAKEFIELD DISTRICT

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

WAKEFIELD WORKS RETURNS TO SUPPORT EMPLOYMENT IN THE DISTRICT

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

FIVE CHEERS FOR WACCL AS £40,000 DONATION IS RAISED FOR CHARITY

18th December 2017 Wakefield Annual Charity Christmas Lunch (WACCL) brought together more than 300 people from across the Wakefield business community on Thursday 15 December to celebrate five-years of the initiative which raises money for read more

Local volunteers needed to help launch new initiative to widen children’s horizons in Wakefield

18th December 2017 An innovative approach to helping schools raise the aspirations of primary age children with regards to their futures and boosting social mobility is being pioneered in Wakefield with a series of inspirational events and read more

Free programme for music entrepreneurs in Wakefield

13th December 2017 A free programme to help entrepreneurs, with an interest in the music industry, to launch their business is taking place in Wakefield in spring 2018. The Music Futures course aims to help people who have an read more

Yorkshire fastest among UK regions for job creation in November

12th December 2017 Companies in Yorkshire and the Humber created jobs at one of the fastest paces in the UK in November, according to the latest Lloyds Bank Regional PMI report. The rate of employment growth from the region’s read more

20% Discount off 3M BIC Network Membership for members of the Wakefield Manufacturing Forum.

11th December 2017 We are pleased to announce that all members of Wakefield Manufacturing Forum will qualify for a 20% discount off the cost of a Network Membership Some of the great benefits a Network Membership entitles you to read more

Lets Talk Real Growth Event Update

8th December 2017 On the 7th December Wakefield Council in Partnership with JLL successfully ran a growth event at Mount Park Wakefield. It was a unique venue with great networking and support from Works Better, Ad:Venture, Access 2 read more

BID’s support makes festival free of charge

6th December 2017 FESTIVAL goers in Wakefield can look forward to an almost free weekend of live entertainment as Long Division returns to the city centre thanks to the backing of Wakefield BID. And as the tickets for the event went on read more

Performing arts college set to complete Merchant Gate scheme

5th December 2017 A performing arts college is to be developed on the last remaining plot at Wakefield’s Merchant Gate scheme. English Cities Fund (ECf) has sold the 1.1 acre site for the development of 53,000 sq ft building, which read more

EBSFORD WAKEFIELD WIN HARROW COUNCIL CONTRACT TO REVIVE NEGLECTED PARK

29th November 2017 Harrow Council employs remediation services from Wakefield based Ebsford Environmental to improve open space amenities and access to wildlife for the whole community with the restoration of the 46-hectare site of Newton read more

Wakefield shopping centre Trinity Walk welcomes six new outlets

29th November 2017 As well as beginning work on a major expansion, Wakefield shopping centre Trinity Walk has announced six new lettings this winter. Trinity Walk has welcomed Wakefield city centre’s first ever Starbucks cafe, now read more

Knight Frank secures letting of 'prestigious' 52,500 sq ft West Yorkshire warehouse

27th November 2017 Kelling Group, the building equipment hire service, is letting a brand new 52,500 sq ft facility at Trident Park in Normanton. Knight Frank’s industrial agency team, based in Leeds, secured the letting of Unit F to read more

New Director appointed to the board at Wakefield BID

22nd November 2017 Wakefield BID has appointed Debenhams Store Manager Andy Gooder to its Board of Directors. Andy joined Debenham’s nearly four years ago to manage its shop in Trinity Walk, Wakefield’s first modern read more

Wakefield creative quarter plans submitted

21st November 2017 Plans have been submitted to transform a listed mill site in Wakefield into a new mixed use creative quarter for collaborative partnerships in music, film and TV. Planning consultancy Turley has submitted a planning read more

Theatre’s expansion is three decades in the making

20th November 2017 It has been three decades in the making, but in a short few months, a derelict piece of land next to Wakefield’s historic Frank Matcham theatre will be transformed into a state of the art studio space - proof, the read more

Local Plan 2036

15th November 2017 Wakefield District - Local Plan 2036 Wakefield council is preparing a new Local Plan to guide the future growth of Wakefield District up to 2036. Where will new houses and employment go? Tell us about land you think should read more

£25,000 fundraising target smashed in Arena Group’s 25for25 campaign

13th November 2017 At the start of Arena Group’s 25th anniversary year, an ambitious target of raising £25,000 for local hospices was set. This target has been smashed with the final total raised being over £32,200 thanks to read more

£100,000 Revamp brings new opportunities for Club Gatsby & The Gatsby Lounge

1st November 2017 One of Wakefield City Centre’s iconic nightclubs, Fanny & Bacardi has recently undergone a £100,000 refurbishment and rebrand, embracing a new identity as Club Gatsby & The Gatsby read more

Trampoline Park Operator Begins European Expansion Plans

1st November 2017 A Castleford-based indoor trampoline park operator is beginning to look for sites in Europe to aid its expansion. Gravity has instructed Savills to lead its expansion into Europe, with plans to open sites in Italy, read more

Ice products manufacturer secures cool £4.5m investment

1st November 2017 A West Yorkshire ice products manufacturer has invested £4.5m in new machinery to launch a new range of ‘premium’ ice cubes. The Ice Co in South Kirkby has bought the new equipment, which will produce read more

Young Entrepreneur Shortlist for Statement's Dan

25th October 2017 Dan Conboy, Director of Statement, a digital agency has been shortlisted as Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the prestigious Digital Entrepreneur Awards. Promoting the talent behind digital innovation and read more

Wakefield electrical firm to create 144 new jobs following £9m facility expansion

24th October 2017 OE Electrics, which manufactures and distributes electrical equipment, has doubled the size of its operations in Wakefield. OE House is a 66,000 sq ft energy efficient facility that was custom built for the firm at read more

Strong end to 25th year for Arena Group

24th October 2017 Arena Group has closed its 25th anniversary year with a hat trick. Profit growth of over 8% is expected, the latest award for Arena’s excellence in customer service has been announced, and Arena’s employees read more

Commanding the Competitive Edge for District Wide Businesses

19th October 2017 Hoping to give businesses in Wakefield the competitive edge, former BBC Business Journalist, Penny Haslam, will share insight into how individuals can increase their profile whilst communicating with the brevity and read more

Historic Knottingley industrial estate hits the market for £1.1m

10th October 2017 Walker Singleton, the West Yorkshire property consultant, has been instructed to market a Knottingley industrial estate with a guide price of £1.1m. Fernley Green Industrial Estate, which has a rich read more

m2r Education announce partnership with Anglo-Continental

10th October 2017 Anglo-Continental Teacher Training Centre is proud to announce its partnership with m2r Education. m2r Education is a leading education recruitment specialist that will be teaming up with Anglo-Continental to read more

Cost saving advice for Wakefield businesses

6th October 2017 Practical business advice, potentially leading to cost and environmental savings, is being offered to firms in Wakefield City Centre. The service, provided by specialist cost reduction and business improvement read more

Discounted Bus travel for city centre workers

6th October 2017 Wakefield BID, are adding extra value to the benefits they are providing city centre businesses through access to unlimited bus travel across Yorkshire. The Wakefield Business Improvement District (BID) has signed up read more

Wakefield Bar takes on the big players

6th October 2017 ONE of Wakefield’s leading leisure brands has been shortlisted for a prestigious award that sees it take on major players from other top UK locations and raises the profile of the city as an aspirational night time read more

Specsavers acquires new Grade A office space in Wakefield

5th October 2017 Specsavers has taken 3,059 sq ft of brand new Grade A office space at 2 Burgage Square, Merchant Gate with Knight Frank’s Leeds office brokering an office deal in the mixed-use development of Wakefield. Merchant read more

West Yorkshire printing firm acquires Australian business

5th October 2017 A security print and IT solution provider based in West Yorkshire and its Australian counterpart have acquired another Australian company. Hague Print, along with Hague Australia, has acquired Schinners Business read more

Finance Yorkshire backed construction company doubles turnover

2nd October 2017 Construction company MTW Architectural has more than doubled its turnover after increasing production capacity at its purpose-built premises in Wakefield. The business specialises in the design, manufacture and read more

Developer purchases 19.4 acre Wakefield site for new housing scheme

1st October 2017 A 19.4 acre site at Milton Road, Snapethorpe in Wakefield, has been acquired by Keepmoat Homes. Acting on behalf of Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, CBRE’s Leeds Residential team brokered the deal to read more

Business telecommunications specialist NGC Networks has topped £5m turnover.

1st October 2017 The Wakefield-based business achieved £5.2m turnover in its latest financial year, an increase of 13.5 per cent year-on-year. The company’s workforce has grown to 32 people. NGC Networks provides read more

Key Security Group unlock 2 Regional Awards at the 2017 British chamber of Commerce Awards

1st October 2017 Key Security Group are delighted to announce they have been selected as the “Regional Winner” of the British Chambers of Commerce Business Award for the “Best Use of Technology”. This award read more

Ossett manufacturer boosts profits in tough market

27th September 2017 Ossett-based specialist flooring manufacturer Airea has increased profits by launching new products and focusing on cost savings, despite tougher trading conditions. Airea, which deals in the manufacturing, read more

Wakefield Acoustics secures six-figure contract with UK energy farm

26th September 2017 Wakefield Acoustics, a leader in the design, manufacture and installation of noise control technologies, has secured a six-figure contract to supply a package of acoustic equipment for the new gas-fired power plant at read more

Five Towns Park Showroom Plans Emerge

25th September 2017 Plans for a new car showroom to be based at the Five Towns Park development in Castleford have come to light. Lateral Property group, a property development and investment company specialising in the retail, food store read more

Print machinery firm secures Northern Powerhouse funding boost

25th September 2017  Wakefield-based company Pinheiros has secured £100,000 in funding from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund. Pinheiros Post Press buys and sells pre-owned machinery such as book production lines read more

Premier Farnell Technology challenge inspires next generation of coders

25th September 2017 Students from sixteen schools and colleges across Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield and Calderdale are getting an introduction to the world of technology with the help of global technology firm Premier Farnell. The Premier read more

House of Koko to take over The Hepworth Cafe

25th September 2017 The Hepworth Wakefield is delighted to announce a new collaboration to transform the gallery’s café and catering offer. Leeds-based House of Koko are partnering with Wakefield-based chef Chris Hale and his read more

Helping the Penny Drop in the Wakefield District

21st September 2017 Amidst his work transforming lives and building brighter futures for those in need, Adeem Younis, entrepreneur and Chairman of charity, Penny Appeal, will discuss the excellent opportunities that exist for university read more

BPC Building Products Celebrates 40th Anniversary

21st September 2017 Wakefield-based BPC Building Products, manufacturer of a huge range of constructional fixing components and builders' metalwork, has celebrated its 40th anniversary. To mark the occasion, a day of celebration read more

Wakefield computing start-up secures £3m in angel investment

21st September 2017 Optalysys, the Wakefield and US-based start-up focussed on light-speed optical coprocessors, has secured £3.05 million from undisclosed angel investors. The start-up will used the funds to manufacture the read more

LC Industrial sells South Elmshall industrial property for £1.95m

20th September 2017 LC Industrial has sold the former Delmonte warehouse at South Elmsall, near Wakefield, for £1.95 million to Barnsley’s Silkstone Finance. Ultima Furniture – Silkstone Finance’s sister read more

Wakefield MP celebrates Nurse Plus opening

20th September 2017 Wakefield MP Mary Creagh was invited to celebrate the opening of Nurse Plus’ newest branch, which will offer employment opportunities to individuals in the local area. A ribbon cutting officially opened the read more

Finance Yorkshire Investment Boosts Local Economy

19th September 2017 Investments by Finance Yorkshire have created or safeguarded more than 16,000 jobs in the region, new figures reveal. Since its launch seven years ago, the SME funder has invested in more than 500 SMEs across Yorkshire read more

Butcher’s shop opens thanks to historic buildings scheme

19th September 2017 ​An historic building in Pontefract has been brought back into use as a butcher's shop - thanks to a Wakefield Council and Heritage Lottery Fund conservation scheme. ​The Pontefract Townscape Heritage read more

The Roman Festival Celebrates Castlefords Rich history!

19th September 2017 Roman re-enactments, gladiator training and a taste of ancient history – Castleford’s Roman Festival, celebrated on Saturday, demonstrated a flavour of what life was like in the town 2,000 years read more

Environmental Solutions Company Wins National Framework Contract

14th September 2017 Specialist environmental contractor Ebsford Environmental has been appointed by the Canal & River Trust to a national framework designed to support the maintenance and protection of 2,000 miles of read more

Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents major solo exhibition

14th September 2017 Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) presents a major solo exhibition by pioneering Chilean artist, Alfredo Jaar. This important project is a key part of YSP’s 40th anniversary celebrations taking place throughout 2017. read more

Council brings 'Jolly Boys' to Wakefield

14th September 2017 Wakefield Council's Retail Enhancement Scheme has supported another local business to open in the city centre. ​The Jolly Boys Brewery has been officially opened this week, following Council support to get the read more

£500k invested in new spa at Bannatyne health club in Wakefield

13th September 2017 The Bannatyne Group has opened the doors to a brand new Spa in Wakefield, following a £500k investment. The new spa features six treatment beds, OPI branded manicure and pedicure areas and a relaxation area with read more

PTSG expands fire solutions business with acquisition of UK Sprinklers Ltd

12th September 2017 PTSG, the Castleford-based niche specialist services provider, has extended its fire safety solutions business to encompass the installation and maintenance of sprinkler systems through the acquisition UK Sprinklers read more

Team Haribo Drum up Victory for Chairty

12th September 2017 The Laila Milly Foundation, the Wakefield-based organisation providing support for children with serious illness and their families, has received a treat from HARIBO - a cheque for £1,500. The donation follows read more

Internal work underway at £5m leisure centre in Minsthorpe

12th September 2017 Minsthorpe's new multi-million pound leisure facility has reached a landmark stage – with the internal building work well underway. The exterior of the £5million building has been fully completed read more

Yorkshire company directors take on gruelling 1,000-mile cycle challenge

11th September 2017 Three directors of a Yorkshire-based business have embarked on a near 1,000-mile cycle challenge in support of charity. Kevin Dawson, operations director at Wakefield Acoustics, and finance director Paul Hebden will read more

Remind2Find launches online gift platform that keeps on giving!

8th September 2017 The founders of Remind2Find have taken their pioneering shopping platform to the next level after teaming up with Futurelabs and the AD:VENTURE business support programme to take part in an innovative workshop programme read more

New Business Support schemes confirmed by West Yorkshire Investment Committee

7th September 2017 West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Investment Committee has confirmed its backing to push forward four business support programmes. Chaired by Cllr Peter Box, leader of Wakefield council, the committee read more

Carbon Trust's £9.2 Million Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator - First Competition Open

6th September 2017 The Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA) has been established to help strengthen the global competitiveness of British industry. First trailed in January 2017 by the Department for Business, Energy and read more

Expanding office provider Citibase launches latest business hub

4th September 2017 Flexible office provider Citibase is launching a business hub in West Yorkshire which will offer up to 20,000 sq ft of space and house up to 330 SMEs and entrepreneurs when open. Citibase Wakefield sits within the landmark read more

Leeds City Region Invites Applications to Join the LEP Board

4th September 2017 The Leeds City Region Enteprtise Partnership ( The LEP)  are inviting applications from business people who have a passion for the future of our economy and who want to share their skills and experience to make a read more

Future Creativity at Rutland Mills talks, panels and networking for the creative community

4th September 2017 On Wednesday 20 September at The Hepworth, Tileyard Studios and Tileyard Education are hosting a free one-day event featuring panels, talks and industry networking designed to bring together creative professionals and read more

Castleford curtain maker has 15 new jobs all sewn up

1st September 2017 A family-run curtain-making firm from Castleford is on course to reach the 30-staff mark after switching its focus from retailing to manufacturing. Nationwide Curtain Makers, which two years ago employed just six read more

Wakefield company to construct mushroom farm

24th August 2017 Harris CM, the Wakefield-based construction firm will design and build a new £4m mushroom growing facility at Garrick Farm in East Yorkshire. Harris CM will build the facility on an 11 acre site for Hughes, a read more

Castleford construction firm appointed on £8bn government developer panel

21st August 2017 Strategic Team Group, Castleford-based construction firm, has been appointed to the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) Housing Delivery Panel for the first time in three regions. The panel is a list of the read more

Local construction firm completes Safestyle extension

17th August 2017 A Wakefield-based construction company has completed the build of a 65,000 sq ft factory extension for listed double glazing giant Safestyle UK. Harris CM completed the £4.5m project at the Valley Road factory in read more

Not-for-profit business lender injects £29m into Yorkshire and North East economy

14th August 2017 Northern-based business lender, the Business Enterprise Fund (BEF) has announced that for every £1 invested, over £4 has been added in value to the local economy, amounting to a £29 million benefit this read more

Supporting Accessibility in Wakefield

14th August 2017 On the 23rd March the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published its Equality Objectives 2017 – 2019 to target inequality in health and social care. The CQC will be looking at how well providers meet the Accessible read more

Regeneration Plans for Nestle Site Submitted

10th August 2017 An outline planning application for a 1,400 home residential development on the 64-acre former Nestle plot in Castleford has been submitted to Wakefield Metropolitan Borough Council. Specialist planning read more

Card Factory opens 30 new stores after successful start to the year

10th August 2017 Card Factory, the Wakefield-headquartered specialist retailer of greeting cards, dressings and gifts, has reported a “strong sales performance” for the six months ending 31st July 2017. The read more

PTSG Scales Drax's 850-Foot Chimney

9th August 2017 Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has been contracted to carry out a series of challenging high-level works for Drax power station in North Yorkshire.   Drax is the largest power station in the country, read more

Wakefield Bondholders Celebrate Women in Business

8th August 2017 Holding the coveted ‘Business Person of the Year’ title, Michelle Bailey, Managing Director of Barnsley-based Active Response Security Services, is perfectly placed to discuss the valuable contributions read more

PHD Marketing Lends Voluntary Support to The Sparkle Foundation

7th August 2017 West Yorkshire marketing and strategy agency, PHD Marketing, has lent its voluntary expertise to The Sparkle Foundation - a charity that focuses on the health, education, nutrition and sustainability of communities in read more

CityFibre partners with Wakefield firm

1st August 2017 Alternative infrastructure provider CityFibre has partnered with a Wakefield-based business to make ultrafast full-fibre connectivity available to local businesses. NGC Networks is partnering with CityFibre to read more

Sweet Extension for Hairbo

1st August 2017 HARIBO has announced plans to extend its Pontefract footprint with a £150,000 investment, which will see the popular brand extend its retail outlet on Front Street to reveal an updated and completely renovated read more

Jobs and Skills Firmly on the Agenda as Yvette Cooper MP Visits Harbio

1st August 2017 HARIBO welcomed Yvette Cooper MP to its £92 million factory in Castleford today, to demonstrate the opportunities for jobs and skills that the facility is creating for local people. As well as receiving a tour of read more

Knight Frank backs Yorkshire move for Anglian Group

1st August 2017 Home improvement specialists The Anglian Group has moved to a prime West Yorkshire industrial park in a deal brokered by Knight Frank. Anglian has taken the 4,802 sq ft Unit 8 at Ripley Close Industrial Park, part of read more

Castleford Housing Development Underway

27th July 2017 Work on a £22m new home scheme to create 560 new homes at the Flass Lane development in Castleford is now underway Ground work at the site has started and Keepmoat Homes will build 157 new two, three and four bedroom read more

Sales increase for Bonmarch©

27th July 2017 Fashion chain Bonmarché has reported improved trading in the first quarter of its financial year boosted by a surge in online sales. Total sales for the 13 weeks to 1 July 2017 increased by 7.6 per cent against the read more

CityFibre welcomes new partner NGC Networks to deliver next-generation internet connectivity to local businesses

27th July 2017 The UK’s leading alternative infrastructure provider, CityFibre, has partnered with Wakefield-based NGC Networks to deliver ultrafast full-fibre connectivity to local businesses.  The partnership read more

10,000-seat Wakefield stadium given parliamentary backing

25th July 2017 Parliament has backed the bid for a 10,000-seat stadium for Wakefield Trinity in a much-needed move forward for the development. The £10m stadium has been hit by problems from the outset. It was initially given read more

Royal treat for Haribo

20th July 2017 Team members from HARIBO, the family owned business that is dedicated to producing treats to bring moments of happiness, welcomed Prince Harry to its Castleford based factory today (Friday 7th July). Marking the final read more

Statement launch their fourth and fifth official Shopify Meetups this July in Leeds and Manchester

19th July 2017 Over the past year, Leeds has seen three highly successful Shopify Meetups, run by local Shopify Experts agency, Statement.  This July, due to continued popularity, Statement are bringing their Shopify Meetups to read more

New SME product will reduce crippling late payments

19th July 2017 The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) today launches a new debt management product for small businesses and the self-employed in a bid to help them avoid the devastating effects of late payments. In the majority of cases, read more

Open has a Monster July!

19th July 2017 Open Communications, the straight-talking PR agency, has announced that it will support Office Monster, the service-led, Yorkshire born, online office supplier, with an ongoing press office function to include media read more

KP Snacks to buy Butterkist from Tangerine Confectionery

19th July 2017 KP Snacks is delighted to announce that it has reached agreement with Tangerine Confectionery to buy Butterkist Limited, Tangerine’s popcorn business. Butterkist’s manufacturing site in Pontefract, West read more

New Enterprise Partnership programmes aim to boost businesses

19th July 2017 Businesses across the Leeds City Region are set to benefit from two major new programmes of support launched this month by the region’s Enterprise Partnership. The first is the £9.2m Access Innovation read more

West Yorkshire law firm undergoes expansion with purchase of Wakefield office

13th July 2017 Law firm Williams & Co is carrying out further expansion plans with the purchase of new premises in Wakefield. The Cleckheaton-based firm, which comprises partners Jeremy Garside, Robert Brackup and Tim Welton, read more

Engineers acquire 65,000 sq ft development sites

12th July 2017 Civil engineering and plant hire business Peter Duffy has snapped up a former food retail distribution site which it will develop into bespoke facilities. The site was formerly owned by Kepak, a meat processor that read more

STRONG FUTURE FOR THE WAKEFIELD DISTRICT WITH NEW RECRUIT

10th July 2017 Wakefield Bondholders, the not for profit organisation established to support the growth and regeneration of the Wakefield district by promoting it as a great place to visit, invest and live, has appointed Melissa Armitage read more

Safety Checks on Private Residential Blocks

6th July 2017 On behalf of David Fowles, Team Leader Housing Growth and Delivery Dear landlord/managing agent, In the light of the recent fire at the Grenfell Tower the Department for Communities and Local Government has written read more

Acquisitive group strikes for lightning specialist

4th July 2017 A specialist services provider based in Castleford has acquired a lightning protection and steeplejack company in a deal worth up to £20m. Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG) will acquire Brooke Edgeley read more

Acquisition no.2 of 2017 for Conservatory Outlet

3rd July 2017 Wakefield-based Conservatory Outlet Group has announced its second acquisition of 2017 with a deal that welcomes leading North West retailer Clearview Home Improvements to the family, taking the Group’s combined read more

New Peer to Peer Community Launches

3rd July 2017 Businesses in the Leeds City region are to benefit from a unique regional initiative aimed at boosting international trade it has been announced today in Leeds. ExportExchange is an online and offline network, and unique read more

Pro Display open day for local Architects & Interior Designers

3rd July 2017 In the wake of the opening of their state-of-the-art Screen Gallery, Pro Display will be hosting a Technology Open Day for local Architects and Interior Designers on the 20th and 21st July 2017. The event, which will take read more

Record Week for Wakefield Works 2017!

28th June 2017 More than 1,440 people looking for job opportunities took part in Wakefield Works last week, as the annual campaign to boost the employability and skills of local people embarked on a four-day tour of the district. As part read more

Wakefield Council and Pontefract Civic Society pledge to promote Pontefract

27th June 2017 Wakefield Council and Pontefract Civic Society have signed a 'Memorandum of Understanding' which sets out how they will work together to promote the historic town. ​The document is a formal pledge to work read more

Absolute Apprenticeships Recruit Ambassador

26th June 2017 The Absolute Apprenticeships team (providing impartial IAG to support young people and businesses with apprenticeship support) is taking a leaf out of its own book by recruiting an apprentice to support them in engaging read more

MediaCityUK tech hub The Landing to connect scaleups with angel investors

26th June 2017 MediaCityUK-based digital and technology enterprise hub The Landing has unveiled new investment opportunities for scaleups and SMEs. From next month, businesses accepted onto the hub’s three-month read more

Yorkshire business confidence continues to grow

26th June 2017 Business confidence in Yorkshire increased in the first six months of 2017 rising ahead of London and the Midlands, according to new research. The confidence index, compiled by Lloyds Bank, is an average of read more

Pure growth as IT group surpasses £22m revenues

22nd June 2017 IT business the Pure Technology Group has surpassed £22m in revenues in a “fantastic” year. For the year to May 2017, the company posted £22.7m revenues, although accounts have not yet landed read more

From Apprentice to Appointment

22nd June 2017 Yorkshire based fabricator Conservatory Outlet Ltd has appointed its ambitious Business Administration apprentice in a full time permanent role.  Shona Thompson, who began her apprenticeship at Conservatory read more

Wakefield self-storage centre celebrates 2nd anniversary with expansion of facilities

21st June 2017 A Wakefield self-storage centre is celebrating its second anniversary with the fit out of an extra 100 units due to customer demand. McCarthy’s Storage World first opened its doors in May 2015, after renovating read more

Wakefield prepares to record royal record

20th June 2017 Princess of all ages are being invited to help set a right royal record in Wakefield this summer. Trinity Walk shopping centre are teaming up with Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice to attempt to smash the Guinness read more

Award-winning Wakefield interior design business Twenty 5 Design are celebrating their 10 year anniversary!

20th June 2017 After years of helping clients in across Yorkshire bring their interior visions to reality with inspiring kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and build projects, Wakefield based interior design business Twenty 5 Design are read more

CBRE seek tenant for new industrial and distribution facility at Wakefield Europort

19th June 2017 The 142,338 sq ft industrial and distribution unit, Tri-Link 140, based in Wakefield Europort, is now in search of a tenant. Acting on behalf of Kier Property, Maple Grove and Yorvale, CBRE’s read more

Hemsworth and Ryhill residential sites for over 200 homes open up to buyers

19th June 2017 Two residential development sites in the villages of Hemsworth and Ryhill have hit the market. Real estate adviser GVA has been appointed by the Wakefield Property Partnership, a joint venture between Wakefield read more

£9 million boost for business and innovation in Leeds City Region

19th June 2017 £9 million of additional funding to support businesses in the region to grow, innovate and boost productivity was today agreed by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Investment Committee. read more

Wakefield Business Awards 2017 Winners Announced!

16th June 2017 More than 300 people celebrated Wakefield’s businesses this week at the black-tie annual awards. The glitzy ceremony hosted at the Cedar Court Hotel saw more than 50 shortlisted companies vying for the awards across read more

Your chance to win A £2,000 SME Grant from Heathrow!

16th June 2017 Heathrow is offering 20 SMEs the chance to each win a grant of £2,000 to fund trade missions to help them reach new markets. Through our partnership with Exporting is GREAT we can help prepare each successful read more

Work begins on £5m animal referral centre in Wakefield

13th June 2017 Veterinary group Linnaeus has begun work on a £5 million state-of-the-art animal centre in Wakefield. The Group portfolio includes Calder Vets and 12 practices across Yorkshire. The existing referral team read more

Inaugural Children Of Achievement Awards Strikes The Right Cord

13th June 2017 The inaugural Children of Achievement Awards, which took place on Friday evening, welcomed almost 200 business people and individuals from across the Wakefield district. Taking the time out of their busy schedules to read more

Production park supports Katy Perry on The Voice France

8th June 2017 Great work by all who were involved in the Katy Perry show in Paris on Saturday! Production Park company, Perry Scenic Creative created 5 pairs of GIANT knives and forks measuring 7ft tall. These were used as the backdrop to read more

Yorkshire-based vehicle-hire firm provide transport to Wakefield children’s charity

7th June 2017 Yorkshire-based vehicle-hire firm, Arrow Self Drive has donated three new vans to local children’s charity, Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice. Founded in 1988, Arrow Self Drive is a family-run business read more

Wakefield College Looking for new Governors

5th June 2017 Do you have a professional background in areas such as teaching and learning, estates, HR, legal services or business leadership and want to help shape the vision and strategic leadership of Wakefield College? The read more

St Swithins project shortlisted for LABC Awards

2nd June 2017 Spawforths is pleased to announce that their St Swithins Housing project designed on behalf of Bridge Homes Yorkshire LLP has been shortlisted in the New Housing Site category in the LABC West Yorkshire Building Excellence read more

Central Alliance invests in new division

1st June 2017 Central Alliance, one of the fastest growing pre-construction service companies in the UK, since forming just three years ago, has strengthened its geotechnical capabilities with the creation of a new Geo Construction read more

Newly acquired West Yorkshire industrial park to undergo 'high specification' refurbishment

1st June 2017 Ribston, a newly launched property company that specialises in multi-let industrial estates, bought the park, will carry out the works after purchasing Ripley Close Industrial Park. Part of Normanton Industrial read more

Wakefield Business Week FAST APPROACHING!

1st June 2017 With over 1,000 businesses expected to attend from Wakefield and Business across the Leeds City Region, the Wakefield Business Week calendar has something for everyone with range of high profile speakers and networking read more

Wakefield shopping centre wins retail ‘Oscar’

1st June 2017 A Wakefield shopping centre held off stiff national competition to win a retail ‘Oscar’ for the first time. Trinity Walk was handed a Purple Apple Merit Award for one of this year’s best strategic read more

Local Manufacturing group hires new COO

1st June 2017 A Wakefield-based manufacturing and services group has unveiled a new chief operating officer, who will join the business next month (July). High integrity manufacturing and services group Redhall has appointed read more

Newly formed partnership aims to drive business innovation across Leeds City Region

1st June 2017 The West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Innovate UK, the government’s innovation agency, have signed an agreement to help drive innovation and development across read more

Calder Vets seals Calder Park office deal

18th May 2017 Veterinary practice group Calder Vets has agreed a deal for new premises in one of Yorkshire's largest out of town office leasing transactions of 2017 to date. Represented by property consultancy Savills, read more

Junction 32 Acquired by Land Sec in £330 Million Deal

17th May 2017 Junction 32 Outlet Village has been acquired by the owner of Trinity Leeds as part of a wider deal worth more than £330m. Land Securities has acquired a portfolio of three outlet centres from Hermes read more

FDS Corporate finance Advise on Multi-Million Pound Global Acquisition

15th May 2017 Award Winning Wakefield Based Corporate Finance Team Advise on a Multi-Million Pound Global Acquisition of European Leading Manufacturer of Torque Tools fds Director Services, with offices in Wakefield, London and read more

We're Hiring - Business Development Manager

11th May 2017 An exciting opportunity has arisen at Wakefield Council to appoint a Business Development Manager. The post will work within the Economic Growth and Housing Service and will report to the Enterprise and Communications read more

Wakefield Community Foundation hosts first ever “Unsung Heroes” Awards Dinner

11th May 2017 Wakefield District has a very vibrant voluntary community which is rarely recognised. With these times of austerity resulting in further Council cutbacks, this district desperately needs more "Unsung Heroes" read more

Luxury Travel Specialist Invests In Communications

10th May 2017 Designer vacation business North America Travel Service has unveiled a comprehensive upgrade of its telecommunications, with support from Wakefield-based NGC Networks. The bespoke holiday specialist, which was read more

Training Facility Launches to Success

9th May 2017 Excitement filled the air at Hunter Safety's new premises in Glasshoughton as the company launched their brand new multi-purpose training centre. New and existing clients flocked to read more

Doors open for the regions redundancies

8th May 2017 Interserve Learning & Employment is providing a programme of skills and employability support for those affected by or at risk of redundancy, ‘Open Doors’. Working in partnership with the National read more

Parsons and Co on the move to accommodate growing workforce

5th May 2017 Parsons Chartered Accountants has completed a move to larger offices at Silkwood Office Park in Wakefield. The firm, which offers a range of accountancy services, corporate finance and business advice, relocated due read more

NGC Boosts Communications for CDS

3rd May 2017 NGC Networks has won a major contract to supply mobile services to a Yorkshire-based corporate communications company. The business communications specialist is delivering the mobile contract to CDS, which is read more

Wakefield Business Week is LIVE!

3rd May 2017 Wakefield Business Week is back for 2017 after four successful years running with 2017 forecasted to be the best attended yet. With over 1,000 businesses expected to attend from Wakefield and across the Leeds City read more

We're Recruiting - Key Accounts Officer

2nd May 2017 An exciting opportunity has arisen at Wakefield Council to appoint a Key Accounts Officer. The post will work within the Economic Growth and Housing Service and will report to the Enterprise and Communications read more

Construction of YSP new £3.8 million visitor centre has begun

1st May 2017 The building – designed by architects Feilden Fowles and constructed by Yorkshire-based construction company William Birch – will build capacity at the award-winning visitor attraction which attracts read more

Flying high after 40 years

1st May 2017 YORKSHIRE Air Ambulance will be flying high and staying airborne thanks to the generosity of one of the world’s leading manufacturers of working at height equipment. Planet Platforms, Wakefield read more

The Wakefield Eastern Relief Road is now open

1st May 2017 The Wakefield Eastern Relief Road (WERR) has been officially opened by Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council and Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.  The WERR is 5.5km long, boasts the longest read more

Wakefield distribution facility acquired in £11.8m deal

1st May 2017 Wakefield Eurohub, a recently-refurbished 190,000 sq ft distribution warehouse, has been sold for £11.8m. CCLA Investment Management has bought the property from Edinburgh-based Parabola at a net initial read more

Children given centre stage at Wakefield Awards

25th April 2017 The Children of Achievement awards, the only celebration dedicated to recognising the talents and outstanding bravery of young people throughout the Wakefield District, is calling upon organisations, families and read more

Peugeot Wakefield Recruits For New Team

24th April 2017 Local Peugeot retailer, Evans Halshaw Wakefield, is continuing to expand its team of experts, having recently promoted internally to create a new leadership team. Having himself enjoyed a successful career with the read more

Made in Yorkshire opens up route to policy makers for business

24th April 2017 MADE in Yorkshire has set up a lobbying arm to provide a direct route between manufacturers and national policy makers to ensure business in the region has a voice and influence. Already the Council has made links with the read more

Work Completed for OE Electrics

24th April 2017 Work on a new head office for a Wakefield-based global electrical, power and data company has completed. The £6.2m base for OE Electrics is located at Calder Park and has been handed over by Clegg read more

RIDINGS WAKEFIELD GETS £5M FACELIFT AND NEW CENTRE DIRECTOR APPOINTED

19th April 2017 The Ridings Centre in Wakefield announced today, further details of its £5m facelift, which should create around 30 jobs, starting in Spring this year and reaching completion around the same time in 2018. The work, read more

Wakefield 31 Hits the Market

13th April 2017 A 176,000 sq ft warehouse in West Yorkshire, soon to be vacated by TK Maxx, has hit the market. GVA, the real estate advisor, has been instructed to market the premises on behalf of British Steel Pension read more

Pontefract Entrepreneur Puts Chocolate at The Heart of Business

13th April 2017 With a passion for food driving his progression from pot-wash to chocolate pioneer, qualified Chef, award-winning Chocolatier and owner of Coeur de Xocolat, David Greenwood-Haigh, will explain how his discerning palate read more

Doing Business in Wakefield

13th April 2017 Wakefield Business Week is Wakefield’s premier business event designed to inspire and motivate entrepreneurs and established business owners across the district. With over 1,000 businesses read more

GraVity bounces growth plans into action with £5m investment

11th April 2017 GraVity, the trampoline park brand, has received a £5m investment from an EIS fund through Guinness Asset Management, an investment management firm. Headquartered in Castleford, GraVity was founded by read more

Employers: Wakefield Works Needs YOU!

11th April 2017 Wakefield Works, the campaign to boost the employability and skills of local people is back for its sixth year, with a four-day tour of the district which kickstarts on Tuesday 20th June. Last year’s campaign saw read more

Textiles Manufactures Acquired into DMC Group

10th April 2017 Wakefield-based yarn and textiles manufacturer, Sirdar has been acquired by London-based private equity manager BlueGem Capital Partners LLP. Founded in 1880, Sirdar is a supplier of yarn and textile read more

Acquisition creates £25m-turnover for Wakefield conservatory group

10th April 2017 A £25m-turnover group has been created by the merger of two conservatory specialists. Wakefield-based Conservatory Outlet has acquired Newcastle-based Pennine Home Improvements in the deal which will grow read more

WSG announces CIS acquisition

6th April 2017 WSG UK Ltd, a well-established service provider within the worldwide oil and gas market, are delighted to announce that on the 6th March 2017 we acquired a majority share of CIS (Northern) Ltd, a market leader in the read more

Awards shortlisting for NGC Networks

5th April 2017 Business communications specialist NGC Networks has been shortlisted in the national Comms Dealer Sales and Marketing Awards 2017. The Wakefield-based company is shortlisted in the Best Customer Event category for read more

Open Extends Team and Client List

4th April 2017 Open Communications has extended its team with the appointment of Katie Coxall as PR Account Executive, while the straight-talking agency also announces that it has been chosen as preferred PR supplier by Strata, the read more

AD:VENTURE gives growth boost for new and young firms

3rd April 2017 Businesses across the Leeds City Region can now access an exciting new business support programme aimed at helping new and young businesses to grow at a faster and stronger rate. AD:VENTURE offers innovative, read more

Celebrating Children of Achievement - The only awards ceremony dedicated to making a child smile

3rd April 2017 Despite the many events and celebrations that take place across the district throughout the year, there is only ONE that is dedicated to the amazing achievements of the children that live here in Wakefield and throughout the read more

Wakefield Business Week Sponsorship Opportunity

3rd April 2017 Wakefield Business Week 2017 13th – 16th June 2017 “”ASK NOT WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR first, BUT WHAT first CAN DO FOR YOU”” It’s that fantastic time of year when you arrive read more

ABP Appoints Britcon For £2.1m Project At Kings Lynn

2nd April 2017 Associated British Ports (ABP) has appointed building and civil engineering company Britcon to build a new £2.1 million ‘bulk store’ at its busy port in King’s Lynn. The contract includes the read more

Do you wish to develop as a Programme Co-ordinator?

1st April 2017 Common Purpose is a not-for-profit leadership development organization.Our objective is to develop leaders who can cross boundaries. We is currently looking for a dynamic and ambitious professional to join us as read more

Wakefield BID appoints board

28th March 2017 Determined not to let the grass grow under their feet Wakefield Business Improvement District (BID) team has started work straight away. Following the successful vote which was announced at the end of February where read more

Revenues Grow at PTSG

28th March 2017 Today the Castleford-based company has reported revenue growth of 52% to £39.2m for the year to December 2016. Pre-tax profits for the year rose to £7.5m for the year, up from £5.0m the year before and read more

Card Factory greets good results despite decline in profits

28th March 2017 Wakefield retailer Card Factory has seen record revenues this year, but struggled with pre-tax profit decline as it insists the greetings card industry is “resilient”. For the year to January 2017, Card read more

Conservatory Outlet Appoints New Head of IT

28th March 2017 In keeping with development plans for both people and infrastructure, Wakefield based fabricator Conservatory Outlet has appointed a new Head of IT to drive forward the technological systems at the 60,000 sq ft site in read more

Minster Law announces plans for single-site operation in Wakefield

24th March 2017 Wakefield office will become the main hub for Minster Law by November 2018 Yorkshire-based personal injury specialist, Minster Law, has announced plans to establish its current Wakefield office as a single-site hub read more

Hague Print Aquires Berkshire Firm

24th March 2017 Hague Print, the print and IT solutions provider based in West Yorkshire, has completed the acquisition of Solchar Ltd. Established in 2003, Solchar is based in Theale and is a specialist technology company that read more

Terrorist Attack in London yesterday

23rd March 2017 Terrorist Attack in London yesterday Sent on Behalf of Neil Windle - Counter Terrorism Security Advisor, North East Counter Terrorism Unit You will all be aware of the tragic events that took place yesterday in read more

Strata Unveils Agenda Show Home

21st March 2017 Strata, has officially opened its new show home at Agenda, the 116-home development based at Balne Lane in Wakefield. The development has already secured 19 reservations with many more expected over the coming weeks, read more

Nikki Gears up for Charity 10K

21st March 2017 NGC Networks director Nikki Guest is gearing up to run the Fountains 10k in North Yorkshire. The annual race and children’s fun run on 2 April aims to raise £10,000 for new IT equipment at Fountains CE Primary read more

Pontefract Courthouse to be transformed into Antiques Centre

16th March 2017 The 200-year-old courthouse in Pontefract is to be finally brought back into use, with high hopes it could trigger other improvements across the town. The Grade-II listed building on Front Street has stood empty since read more

Getting to know you - Wakefield Bondholder first friday is fast approaching!

15th March 2017 We all know that first impressions count, but, what we often don’t know, is the impact that these have on how we are perceived by others. Help is finally at hand, when nationally respected personal branding expert read more

NewCold Adds McCain to their Client List

15th March 2017 Automatic warehousing technology was the hook NewCold has hung the McCain Foods Australia contract from for its new Truganina facility. The 10-year deal starting in July is part of the foods group’s read more

Yorkshire’s largest ever hydroelectric power plant officially opens in Wakefield

14th March 2017 Over £5m has been invested to launch a new hydroelectric power plant at Kirkthorpe, near Wakefield. The new plant is the largest low-head river hydro plant ever to be built in Yorkshire and the largest plant read more

Wakefield Trinity Launch new Heritage Website

14th March 2017 Wakefield Trinity launched their new Wakefield Trinity Heritage Website www.trinityheritage.co.uk at the Beaumont Legal Stadium on Friday 10th March. Current Trinity captain Danny Kirmond and first team read more

Significant interest in Strata’s Ossett development

14th March 2017 Over 30% of properties have been sold off-plan at Intrigue – the forthcoming 68-home development from homebuilder Strata. Highlighting the demand for homes in the area, the development located off Holly read more

WDH Invests in new homes

14th March 2017 Investing significantly in the local area, WDH recently secured a £15 million government grant through the Homes and Communities Agency to invest in developing 500 Shared Ownership homes between now and read more

Distinction and Examiners Prize for MWA Architect

14th March 2017 Daryl Le-Vine from Martin Walsh Architectural (MWA), one of the region’s leading architectural firms, has been awarded a distinction and the coveted External Examiners Award from Huddersfield University after read more

New £3 million fund available to rural businesses to improve tourism in Leeds City Region

13th March 2017 Over £3 million in European funds for rural businesses has been made available to improve local tourism in Leeds City Region, the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) announces today.  The read more

Manufactured Yorkshire teams up with Made in Yorkshire to provide all year round support

9th March 2017 Manufacturing remains centre stage of everyone’s mind as the economy faces unchartered water. With the UK the world’s seventh leading manufacturer and Yorkshire a key player in the sector Manufactured read more

Packaging group relocates to £2.4m site to Ossett 40

9th March 2017 Simpson Packaging has acquired a £2.4m site at the Ossett 40 development near Wakefield. The purpose-built development was delivered by Evans Property Group. Family-owned Simpson is a 30 year-old business read more

YPO assists with £50m food service contract across London

9th March 2017 YPO, the Wakefield-based public sector buying organisation, is supporting a group of seven London Boroughs with a £50m contract. The contract has been awarded to Thomas Ridley Food Service to provide food for read more

TK Maxx hub completed by Caddick

8th March 2017 Caddick Group has completed construction on the first phase of the £100m distribution and logistics scheme Crosspoint33, located off the M62 near Wakefield. The completed building will be home to the new UK read more

Normanton development opportunity with ‘excellent connectivity’ hits the market

8th March 2017 GVA, AWS and Carter Jonas have all been appointed on the marketing of Photon Park, development opportunity at Normanton, West Yorkshire. The property, owned by Illuminating Investments, comprises three key elements, read more

Initiative to trailblaze Inclusive Growth across Leeds City Region

8th March 2017 West Yorkshire’s Council Leaders used a high-profile national conference in Bradford on Monday to launch an initiative that will drive inclusive growth across the Leeds City Region. Job opportunities for read more

Yorkshire Council Leaders Committed to Exploring White Rose Devolution & Further Collaboration

8th March 2017 Council Leaders from across Yorkshire are meeting in York on Thursday to discuss how they can work together to achieve the best possible devolution and Brexit outcomes for the region and its people. A range of devolution read more

M2r Fly The Wakefield Flag In Bahrain

2nd March 2017 In March,one of Bondholders new members, m2r Education, will be attending the British Schools Middle East (BSME) Head Teachers Conference and Exhibition in Bahrain. As well as promoting their own award winning read more

Wakefield’s Hepworth Riverside Gallery Garden Contract Agreed

2nd March 2017 The Hepworth Riverside Gallery Garden in conjunction with The Hepworth Wakefield, West Yorkshire, is set to be delivered by Dooley Associates. The Manchester-based construction consultancy has been appointed to read more

23 Jobs saved at Wakefield greeting cards publisher

1st March 2017 23 jobs have been saved after a Wakefield greetings cards publisher was bought out of administration. The deal was negotiated by joint administrators Julian Pitts and Bob Maxwell of Begbies Traynor. Founded read more

Free programme for entrepreneurs launches in Wakefield

1st March 2017 A free programme to help entrepreneurs, with an interest in technology, to launch their  business is taking place in Wakefield. The FutureStart course aims to help people who have a bright idea which they want to read more

WAKEFIELD VOTED YES

1st March 2017 Wakefield businesses have voted to back plans for a Business Improvement District (BID), giving companies in the BID area a say in how their city centre operates. Businesses across retail, leisure, hospitality, read more

Solid Sheds Appoints Experienced Business Woman Jo Haigh To Its Board

21st February 2017 Multi-award winning Jo Haigh, CEO of fds Director Services Limited has been appointed as the Non-Executive Chair of Solid Sheds, a market leading manufacturer and retailer of quality timber buildings from storage sheds to read more

College work placement team on a mission

21st February 2017 Wakefield College’s newly appointed Work Placement team is on a mission to bring students and the region’s businesses closer together.   With many employers stating that young people entering the read more

The third Shopify Meetup Leeds event has been announced for Wednesday 8th March

20th February 2017 The third Shopify Meetup Leeds event has been announced for Wednesday 8th March at The Adelphi in Leeds and run by local Shopify Experts, Statement. The expert agency continues to host their successful Shopify Meetup read more

Ossett based business wins Independent Cider Retailer of The Year

20th February 2017 Ossett based specialist drinks retailer Bier Huis (Beer House in English) has scooped the top prize of Independent cider retailer of the year at the Drinks Retailing Awards on Tuesday 7th Feb at the Dorchester hotel in read more

Kevin Sinfield signs with Yorkshire Legal People

20th February 2017 Chadwick Lawrence Solicitors has recently announced a long-term partnership with Leeds Rhinos and England rugby league legend Kevin Sinfield. Over the next 12 months the rugby star will act as an ambassador for the firm read more

Company eyeing big growth on both sides of Atlantic in 2017

20th February 2017 Indie publisher outfit Team 17 have just announced a series of hires in the United States and the UK that they are hoping will aid their goal to grow both Team17 jumped back into independant publishing in 2013, and since then read more

Why Visit spotlight for Wakefield

16th February 2017 Amid the news that Wakefield’s Cultural Consortium has been awarded £223,000 through Arts Council England’s Cultural Destinations initiative, Bondholders first Friday will be looking at what read more

New Digital Support Funding for SMEs in the Leeds City Region

7th February 2017 Businesses in the Leeds City Region are set to benefit from a major new support programme that will help them invest in new technology and learn new digital skills. Launching today, the £8.5 million Digital read more

Wakefield boutique recruitment firm celebrates ten-year milestone

7th February 2017 A Wakefield-based recruitment firm is celebrating its tenth year in business. Bagnall Hopkins will mark the milestone occasion with friends, family, and business peers at an evening event in Wakefield on 11 February read more

BID chair rallies business

7th February 2017 BUSINESSES in central Wakefield could miss the chance to take control of how their money is spent on additional services unless they back the Wakefield Business Improvement District (BID). The stark warning came from read more

NGC boost communications for mobile beauty specialist

2nd February 2017 A mobile beauty business that provides a 24/7 personal service to customers around the world has invested in the latest devices and connectivity for its team of beauticians and therapists. Perfect 10 Mobile Beauty read more

10-acre development site sale keeps 250 jobs in Wakefield

2nd February 2017 Property development and investment company Eshton has sold its 10-acre site in Wakefield to civil engineering, utility and construction company Peter Duffy, a move which keeps 250 jobs in the area. Leeds-based Eshton read more

City set to propel evening economy above Yorkshire rivals

2nd February 2017 Wakefield's evening economy is set for a radical shake up that will see it oust nearby regional rivals as the Yorkshire destination for a great night out. If successful the plan to achieve Purple Flag status for read more

LEP Launches Support For Businesses to Become More Resource Efficient

2nd February 2017 ·         £2.65m to support businesses become more efficient with their resources ·         read more

BizEd Connected is back - Exhibition stand bookings now open!

1st February 2017 This time last year, Wakefield First, Wakefield College and Copiserv teamed up to deliver an event that gave the Wakefield District businesses and schools the opportunity to build links and stronger connections. We read more

Fairstone Group looks to Yorkshire for new growth

1st February 2017 Fairstone Group, one of the UK’s largest Chartered Financial Planning firms, has entered into a downstream buyout agreement with Wakefield based Lofthouse Gate Ltd. Founded in 2005, Lofthouse Gate offers read more

Wakefield Bondholders promoting collaboration for business and charity

1st February 2017 Wakefield Bondholders Newburn Power Rental and Farmer Copley’s, joined forces over the festive season in support of the Prince of Wales Hospice thanks to Bondholders First Friday. Newburn Power read more

New Appointment for Sutcliffe Play

1st February 2017 The UK’s only employee-owned playground manufacturer Sutcliffe Play has made a new appointment to its business development team. The Upton based company has appointed Simon Sharp as an interim Area Sales read more

Bright future for glazing firm with new MD

1st February 2017 Specialist industrial and commercial glazing firm ICW (UK) Ltd is looking to a bright future with a secure succession plan. As founder, Margaret Wood, MBE, prepares to ease out of the business she started 25 years ago the read more

The Ridings Welcomes Unique Jeweler to Craft Fair

1st February 2017 From tree surgeon to jeweller, a local crafter who specialises in creating handmade necklace pendants from all types of wood and natural materials, will be exhibiting at The Ridings Shopping Centre’s Craft Fair for read more

Wakefield included in share of £67.5m government fund allocated to Leeds City Region

30th January 2017 On the 23rd January Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled her Industrial Strategy, in which she announced a £556m boost for the Northern Powerhouse initiative. £156.9m of this Northern Powerhouse fund will read more

Card Factory rolls out 51 new store openings

26th January 2017 Card Factory, the Wakefield-headquartered specialist retailer of greeting cards, dressings and gifts, has released a trading update for the 11 months ending at 31st December 2016. The company experienced an increase read more

Ebsford Environmental wins National Apprenticeship Award

25th January 2017 Ebsford Environmental was revealed as the Unilever Small Employer of the Year at the National Apprenticeship Awards at an exclusive ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House on Friday night. The Awards, now in their read more

Housebuilder contributes over £230,000 to projects in Pontefract

24th January 2017 Local housebuilder, Barratt Homes Yorkshire West, is to donate over £230,000 to support local projects and community improvements in Pontefract as part of its upcoming Ashmeade Park development. The read more

Fisher Productions Welcomes Multi Award winner & Best Selling Author As New Chairman

24th January 2017 Fisher Productions has announced the appointment of Jo Haigh as Chairman. She succeeds Dennis Woods who stepped down after achieving three years of transformational change. Jo Haigh is CEO and founder of fds Director read more

New Construction Director Makes Build Quality His Priority

23rd January 2017 Redrow's new construction director in Yorkshire is looking to develop a team of award winning site managers and boost customer satisfaction. Wayne Morris has joined the Wakefield-based business after 10 read more

Going back to school pays off for Yorkshire Engineering firm

20th January 2017 Investment in training has been so successful for a specialist Castleford engineering company that they have outgrown their existing factory and are moving to larger premises to accommodate the sales boost. Yorkshire read more

Local Production Company Continues To Go From Strength To Strength

20th January 2017 Wakefield based Production Company DSM Productions event production specialists have continued to show good growth after building a stronger working relationship with its current clients and securing large contracts read more

Regeneration plans for Wakefield’s Civic Quarter

20th January 2017 Wakefield Council is taking the next step in its redevelopment plans for the city centre's historic Civic Quarter.  As part of the plans and subject to planning permission, the Council will demolish Rishworth read more

£210m shopping centre celebrates milestone in style after record year

19th January 2017 Trinity Walk shopping centre rounded off 2016 in style after a record year which saw it smash its annual footfall record. The £210m centre in Wakefield, which is celebrating its fifth birthday, welcomed around read more

Castleford’s PTSG expands electrical division with £1m acquisition

18th January 2017 PTSG, the Castleford-based niche specialist services provider, has acquired Nimbus, a designer, installer and maintainer of lightning protection and earthing systems based in Nottingham. The firm completed the read more

National Gym Operator Xercise4Less Opens Renovated Wakefield Gym

18th January 2017 Award-winning national gym operator Xercise4Less has recently re-opened in Wakefield following a total refurbishment of the gym. Nearly £250,000 investment has gone into the work, which includes a new read more

Wakefield BID plans to galvanise city business

18th January 2017 Wakefield Business Improvement District (BID) officially launched its plan on Tuesday evening in the grand surroundings of the city’s cathedral on a platform to attract new visitors and encourage existing users to read more

Academy Group Invests In Multi-Site Comms Solution

16th January 2017 An academy group is investing in telephony and internet solutions to deliver improved communications across its eight schools in Leeds. The GORSE Academies Trust (TGAT) is implementing a phased programme of IT read more

Wakefield Business Woman Invests in Makeover of East Ardsley Beauty Salon

13th January 2017 After 6 years independently in the beauty industry as a mobile beauty therapist. Local businesses woman Catherine Heptinstall has invested in her own luxury salon, Mulberry House. After purchasing the property with read more

Architect firm win £320k project to bring new flavour to Yummy Yorkshire

13th January 2017 Martin Walsh Architectural, the Dewsbury-based architectural firm, has won a £320k contract to transform Yummy Yorkshire’s café and ice cream parlour. After a period of continued growth, Yummy read more

Suits and Vinyl Returns!

12th January 2017 Suits & Vinyl, the unique and vastly popular free networking event that brings together like-minded professionals to share their passion for business and music will take place on Thursday 9th February at The Hop, read more

Aldi set to create 4,000 jobs across the UK

11th January 2017 Aldi is to recruit 4,000 new permanent workers in stores and warehouses across the country, as part of the supermarket giant’s plan to open around 70 new shops this year. The German retailer, which already employs read more

Barratt Homes’ new West Yorkshire developments to support 300 jobs in 2017

11th January 2017 Barratt Developments Yorkshire West, which includes both Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes, has announced plans to open seven new sites in 2017, creating a total of 900 new homes across the region. The new sites will read more

Arts Council awards funding for Wakefield Cultural destinations!

11th January 2017 Wakefield Cultural Consortium, consisting 16 local organisations, has been awarded £223,000 from Arts Council England’s Cultural Destinations initiative, for a three year programme, to enhance local read more

WDH Care Link invests in new lifting equipment to improve service

10th January 2017 WDH’s Care Link Team has invested in the Raizer Emergency Lifting Chair to help improve the service for Care Link customers. The new state of the art lifting chair makes lifting customers who have fallen quicker and read more

Combined Authority backs almost £7m of investment for leeds city region transport and development schemes

6th January 2017 Almost £7m of investment in local schemes was backed by this week’s meeting of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Investment Committee. These West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund and Growth read more

Wakefield Offers a Slice of Comfort as New Stonehouse Pizza & Carvery Opens

4th January 2017 Stonehouse Pizza & Carvery are delivering an exciting new look and dining experience for all who visit its Wakefield restaurant; the Cock & Crown Inn. Located on Doncaster Road the remodelled Cock & Crown, read more

Wakefield Cathedral Backing the BID

4th January 2017 Wakefield Cathedral has welcomed the Business Improvement District, hopeful it will boost its role as a cultural centre and focus for community work and the opportunity to unite local businesses. Tony Robinson, Bishop read more

Castleford based Entrepreneur hits £1million turnover within first two years of trading

4th January 2017 After facing redundancies Stacey Dennis wasted no time in starting her business from scratch, Designing and making greeting cards. Working from the kitchen table, with a combined approach of hard work and a wicked sense read more

Freaks of Nature to serve up jobs bonanza at new blending site

3rd January 2017 A new award-winning company making indulgent plant-based desserts has announced that it will be launching a specialist 14,000 sq ft blending facility in Ossett, Wakefield. Freaks of Nature read more

Peter Duffy Working to Increase skills in Wakefield

3rd January 2017 Wakefield Company, Peter Duffy Limited, has recently launched their sixth Skills Academy programme, a venture jointly established with local Jobcentres. The Company has a positive track record with the Skills Academy read more

Wakefield’s Arena Group acquires North Wales printing business

3rd January 2017 Wakefield-based office equipment supplier Arena Group has acquired Docucentric Holdings Ltd (DHL), a printing and photocopying firm based in North Wales. Extending its print services further across North Wales and read more

Finance Yorkshire £5m investment fund extension Thanks to LEPs

2nd January 2017 Finance Yorkshire's investment fund has been extended following an injection of fresh capital from two of the region's local enterprise partnerships (LEPs). Funding totalling 5m has been allocated to read more

Wakefield businesses invited to join successful Enterprise Adviser Network

2nd January 2017 Wakefield Council and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) are urging local businesses to ensure Wakefield’s young people are leaving school with the right skills by joining the LEP’s read more

The Car People makes £7.2m investment in Wakefield branch

2nd January 2017  The Car People has invested £7.2m in significantly expanding its Wakefield branch. With an additional four acres square footage, the showroom, based at Calder Island, now features over 1,000 display cars, read more

Merry Christmas from Wakefield first!

22nd December 2016 Well 2016 has been quite a year!  With Brexit, Trump and the new style Toblerone bar causing outrage, it’s been controversial, it’s been political and yet still a positive time for growth for business read more

Pontefract business to transform Guisborough foundry in £3.5 deal

15th December 2016 Construction firm Harris CM has landed a contract to deliver the retail phase of a £24m mixed-use development in the North East of England. The £3.5m contract will see the Pontefract-based company build read more

Creative England's Greenshoots Fund Re-opens to Applications from Games Developers

15th December 2016 Through the Greenshoots programme, funding is available for independent games studios to develop new games for consoles and mobile devices. Microsoft and Creative England are offering support to help studios develop read more

Future-proofed Darklight internet connectivity for schools & businesses in the Wakefield region

13th December 2016 DarkLight is possibly the last Internet connection you’ll ever need to install for your business or school. Exa Networks have been providing high quality internet connections to schools and businesses for over a read more

Winning Streak continues for Lockyers

13th December 2016 Hot on the heels of being recognised as ‘Independent Broker of the Year’ at the recent Broker Network conference in London, Lockyers are delighted to have become the FIRST brokers to have read more

Ho, Ho, Homeless Calls Upon Wakefield Business Community to Make A Difference This Christmas

12th December 2016 Ho, Ho, Homeless, a seasonal initiative to support those sleeping rough throughout Yorkshire, launched in 2015 following a chance meeting between Geoff Shepherd, a Leeds based entrepreneur, and a homeless man, Kevin, who read more

Release of new European Regional Development Fund, for Yorkshire and Humber Region to support exporters

12th December 2016 The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), part of the European Structural and Investment Funds programme (ESIF) provides funding to support economic growth in England. The programme focuses on strengthening the read more

Trio of senior hires for storage firm

9th December 2016 YORKSHIRE-based McCarthy’s Removals and Storage has appointed three senior members of staff. Trading since 1970, McCarthy’s is a family business primarily known for its private and commercial removals read more

Wakefield’s Mobile Media joins with Hype Live Media

9th December 2016 Wakefield-based out of home specialist Mobile Media has joined forces with experiential agency Hype Live Media under the MMedia Group (MMG) banner to become one company. Mobile Media pioneered Mobile Out of Home read more

Abbey Industrial Solutions’ acquisition of Preston-based ATN creates £5m turnover business

8th December 2016 Abbey Industrial Solutions, the Wakefield-headquartered independent provider of industrial power tools and small plant equipment, has acquired industrial tool company, ATN. NatWest provided funding to support read more

Marketing Apprentice Joins the Ridings

8th December 2016 The Ridings Shopping Centre in Wakefield has appointed Isabelle Todd as Marketing Apprentice. Isabelle, who joins the centre’s team following her attendance at Woodkirk Academy Sixth Form, will support The read more

How would you save £24m million from the Council’s Budget?

7th December 2016 We are expecting to make savings of £24 million in the next financial year, on top of the £146 million savings that have been made since 2011. This is a total saving of £170m at the end of the next read more

Wakefield Bondholder first Friday close the year at Farmer Copley’s

7th December 2016 The morning event hosted by the Bondholders and Wakefield First was like being in our own little world at the beautiful Farmer Copley’s. Venturing into the newly built and furnished event space on top of the famous MOO read more

Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents Art by Email from the Middle East and North Africa

7th December 2016 Due to political situations and immigration conditions it can be difficult to invite artists  from outside the UK to work at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP). Beyond Boundaries: Art by Email, a collaboration between YSP read more

LEP supports Wakefield firm expand expertise in app development

6th December 2016 The training grant has allowed Contedia to accelerate the skills and services it offers by funding the training in new areas of developing bespoke IT applications. Future business expansion Founded in 2001, read more

Next phase of the country’s largest growth deal settlement now heading into delivery

6th December 2016 £1bn Leeds City Region Growth Deal is the largest such devolved investment programme in the UK overall and per capita.   Deal is set to create 36,000 jobs in the North   This read more

Employee of the Year announced!

6th December 2016 Each year Wakefield Council gives their staff the opportunity to nominate colleagues for a Pride Award, to celebrate the hard work and dedication of thier collegues in delivering excellent service to residents and in this read more

Ossett Based Start-Up Launches Training Academy Showing A Promising Year Ahead

2nd December 2016 Delivering workplace training, event medical  cover & ambulance services nationwide, Heart Medical has shown increasing high growth potential after a positive initial start to their first year in business with read more

Polish delegation praise their visit to Wakefield

2nd December 2016 A delegation from Konin who visited Wakefield to promote economic cooperation between the cities has praised the district. Business leaders, Konin’s mayor and a  university representative from the read more

Response to the publication of the West Yorkshire Area Review

2nd December 2016 Responding to the publication of the West Yorkshire Area Review, Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Chair of the Local Steering Group overseeing the review in West Yorkshire and Leader of Bradford Metropolitan District Council read more

Expansion continues for The Ecology Consultancy with the launch of new Wakefield office

2nd December 2016 The Ecology Consultancy has expanded its regional operations into the north of England with the launch of a new office in Wakefield. This announcement follows on from the opening of The Ecology Consultancy’s read more

Prestigious award given to Wakefield Council

2nd December 2016 Wakefield Council is the first local authority to be recognised in the Princess Royal Training Awards, delivered by the City and Guilds Group. The Council was commended for its commitment to training and skills read more

Small Business Saturday is fast approaching!

1st December 2016 Well it’s that time of year again… Small business Saturday is back, Saturday 3rd December. What are you are doing to support your local businesses? Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, read more

Wakefield First Board – Call for applications for new chair

1st December 2016 Wakefield First is a strategic Board made up of key decision makers from both the public and private sector in Wakefield district. Its core vision is to “monitor, support and drive economic growth in the Wakefield read more

Horbury-based independent boutique, Origin Naturals, embraces digital retail technology ahead of Small Business Saturday

1st December 2016 Local communities, especially in Wakefield and the surrounding areas, love to support independent retailers and boutiques, and Small Business Saturday is a great day to celebrate and embrace all things small read more

LEP partnership to supply new funding service

1st December 2016 Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has entered a new agreement which is designed to fuel small business growth and job creation across the region. Up to £2m a year will be available to businesses in read more

Candlelighters Lunch Raises Over £2,500

1st December 2016 November Yorkshire’s Legal People joined forces with Leeds Rhinos Rugby Club to host a charity lunch, successfully raising a total of £2,500 for local children’s charity, Candlelighters. Key read more

Knottingley-based 4R Group celebrates 10 years of trading and 810,000 tonnes of carbon-savings

1st December 2016 A decade of recycling ‘wastes’ to land and saving carbon has been celebrated by Knottingley-based 4R Group. The company, founded in 2006, recycles ‘wastes’ to agricultural land and has also read more

NGC To host mobile management class

24th November 2016 Businesses will receive expert advice on how to manage their mobile devices at a breakfast forum with IBM. Business communications specialist NGC Networks has teamed up with IBM for the Mobile Device Management event at read more

Production Park New Aquisition

23rd November 2016 Production Park invests in visual design services and support for emerging technical trends Production Park announces the acquisition of consulting firm, AspectUnlimited and the integration of their media design read more

Yorkshire Sculpture Park wins Large Attraction of the Year at 2016 White Rose Awards

22nd November 2016 Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) was announced Large Attraction of the Year in last night’s White Rose Awards, the biggest tourism awards in the UK. Fighting off strong competition, YSP – one of the read more

Avant Homes to deliver 225 new homes in Yorkshire across two new developments

22nd November 2016 Housebuilder Avant Homes has revealed plans for two new developments in Yorkshire with a combined value of £65m.Based in Wakefield, Avant Homes Yorkshire is an operating company of the Avant Homes group. The new read more

Over 5,000 training courses for employees bring skills boost to the region

21st November 2016 More than 5,000 training courses have been undertaken by employees across the Leeds City Region since February 2015 with support from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP).  Businesses have read more

Poundworld reaches £750,000 charity milestone

18th November 2016 Poundworld has hit a significant fundraising milestone with its charity partner Marie Curie. The Normanton-based retailer, which has close to 400 stores across the UK, has now raised a total of £768,206 for the read more

Hat trick of appointments at NGC Networks

17th November 2016 Wakefield-based business communications specialist NGC Networks has strengthened its team with the appointment of three new members of staff. Andrew Linley joins as commercial manager, Lisa Hepple as technical read more

Fast-growing digital motor firm wins prestigious young business award

16th November 2016 A start-up digital motor firm has been awarded a prestigious regional award. The Car Buying Group, which formed in 2014, has been awarded Young Business of the Year at the Yorkshire Post's Excellence in Business read more

Calder Cuts Keys to Cope with Crime

15th November 2016 £250 donated to restorative justice charity, Remedi UK Throughout October, every time Wakefield security firm, Calder Security, cut a key it donated 40p to Remedi UK – a Yorkshire based charity that helps read more

Card Factory on track for 50 new stores

15th November 2016 The chief executive of Wakefield BasedCard Factory said the general retail environment has "remained challenging" but the business remains on track to open about 50 new stores in the current financial read more

Leeds City Region’s information technology sector to see 15% growth, according to new report

15th November 2016 The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP’s) new labour market research reveals that the information technology sector has one of the fastest forecast rates of growth of around 15% or 4,000 read more

New signings for Wakefield Agency

15th November 2016 A Wakefield based Public Relations has signed a glut of new Yorkshire businesses all ambitious to grow beyond their traditional territories and utilize strategy and consultancy. Carmel Harrison PR, which is read more

New digital growth scheme launching for Leeds City Region businesses

14th November 2016 Companies located within the Leeds City Region are now eligible for financial support to invest in technology to grow their businesses. ‘Digital Enterprise’ is a new government backed scheme offering up read more

Glen Rowe becomes managing director of Backstage Academy

14th November 2016 Muse tour director and Cato Music founder Glen Rowe has been appointed MD of Backstage Academy, the Yorkshire-based live industry centre of excellence for future generations of touring pros. Rowe brings 'roadie read more

NYSE-listed company buys label manufacturer

11th November 2016 AJS Labels, a manufacturer and supplier of self-adhesive labels and stickers, has been acquired by New York Stock Exchange-listed Multi Packaging Solutions (MPS). Established more than 40 years ago, AJS specialises read more

Fall in love with Wakefield again

11th November 2016 The businessman leading the Wakefield Business Improvement District (BID) said it was time that people fell back in love with the city. And David Owens, the chair of the Wakefield BID steering group, said if they did they read more

Knight Frank takes new Normanton distribution warehouse to the market

10th November 2016 A brand-new distribution warehouse at the Trident Park development in Normanton, near Wakefield, is hitting the market. Knight Frank’s industrial agency team in Leeds has been instructed as the sole agents to read more

Access platform specialists set their sights high with £45k business grant and new jobs

10th November 2016 Normanton based company Horizon Platforms is investing in new facilities with the help of a £45,100 grant from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), alongside the creation of ten new jobs to meet read more

Wakefield Businesses in the Market for Skills Support

10th November 2016 Businesses across the Leeds City Region are training their staff thanks to the support and funding through the LEP skills service. One firm that has benefited is Wakefield based Our Agency in the North, a small design and read more

Leeds Beckett and AW Hainsworth join forces to launch new creative business hub

10th November 2016 A new hub to provide a dynamic and supportive co-working environment for new and growing creative, fashion and textile companies is set to be launched by Leeds Beckett University and specialist Leeds textile company, AW read more

Techmonkeys get into the swing with growth plans in Wakefield!

8th November 2016 Local IT Support Company Techmonkeys are forecasting high growth potential as they move into larger premises and continue to recruit into their expanding team. Techmonkeys, the Wakefield based IT support and read more

Stadium naming rights up for grabs at wakefield trinity!

7th November 2016 Back by popular demand for the second year running, the Trinity Business Partnership will once again give new and existing sponsors the opportunity to get their hands on some amazing prizes at Wakefield Trinity. Last read more

New Office for West Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company

7th November 2016 West Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company (WYCRC) will relocate one of its regional offices to 1 Burgage Square at Merchant Gate in Wakefield, in one of the largest lettings to conclude in the city this year. The office read more

Popup business advice café comes to Pontefract

7th November 2016 Businesses in Wakefield are encouraged to attend a Popup business event on 24th November at the King’s Croft Hotel in Pontefract, where they will find local experts waiting to give practical answers to questions on a read more

Wakefield announces ambitious BID plans

3rd November 2016 WAKEFIELD businesses have placed pride, passion and partnership at the heart of a four point plan to boost the city centre and make it the go to destination for careers, shopping, leisure and entertainment. Launched by read more

An Explosive Halloween for Suzi Digital

3rd November 2016 Suzi Digital, Ryhill based business specialising in the creative & digital industry has just had the opportunity to show off their Special Effects skills, working alongside Future Effects to deliver loads of read more

Doogood Recycling Celebrates its 1st Birthday in Wakefield

2nd November 2016 DooGood recycling, a computer and WEEE recycling firm in Ossett, are celebrating their 1st birthday in Wakefield after relocating from Batley to Ossett last year. The company relocated in November 2015 and since then read more

Wakefield District - A tale of contrasts…The story continues!

2nd November 2016 On the 30th September the Community Foundation for Wakefield District held a packed out networking luncheon to unveil their plans for re-invigorating the Community Foundation and increasing its impact on communities read more

Martin Walsh Architectural Celebrates 40 Years Of Excellence

2nd November 2016 Martin Walsh Architectural, a Dewsbury based business that originally started out in a back bedroom, is celebrating four decades of growth. Originally launched in 1976 the family-run business, which spans two read more

Success! fds wins prestigious industry award; Most Innovative UK Deal Negotiator 2016 & The AI One to Watch in Corporate Finance

2nd November 2016 Business support company fds Director Services Limited, which is based in Wakefield with offices in London and Birmingham, has won the Acquisition International 2016 M&A Awards - Most Innovative UK Deal Negotiator read more

Managing Partner Scoops Prestigious Award

1st November 2016 Yorkshire’s Legal People, Chadwick Lawrence, are celebrating another award win from last week’s Yorkshire Legal Awards. Organised by Barker Brooks Communications, publishers of Leeds & Yorkshire read more

Manufacturer makes six-figure investment in Normanton site

1st November 2016 SIPBuild UK the insulated panel manufacturer has invested six-figures in a new manufacturing plant in Normanton. SIPBuild UK created three jobs with the expansion after a record year and growing demand. The read more

Technology group on the acquisition trail

1st November 2016 Pure Technology group is looking to acquire other businesses in the IT sector as part of an ambitious growth plan. The Pure Technology Group, previously known as the Pure Data Group, is looking to acquire more businesses read more

Finalists announced for Dragon’s Den style ‘Pitchfest’

1st November 2016 Innovators and entrepreneurs from across Yorkshire have been whittled down to just five finalists in a Dragon’s Den style investment pitch competition, which will ultimately be decided by a panel of four Yorkshire read more

NPL SME Manufacturer Measurement Network

1st November 2016 On 18th October NPL North of England launched it’s SME Manufacturer Measurement Network at an evening event in the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre in Huddersfield. The network has been created to help smaller read more

Lockyers win “Independent Broker of the Year”

1st November 2016 Lockyers were presented with this prestigious award at the recent Broker Network conference in London. Broker Network is a UK leading network for independent insurance brokers with over 600 members, the Awards ceremony is read more

New Wakefield Business is working to Reduce Health Risks across the UK

1st November 2016 Did you know that Radon Gas is the second largest cause of lung cancer?  It’s a statutory requirement that companies make sure that they have carried out the appropriate risk assessments on their properties for read more

Featherstone exhibition firm stays centre stage thanks to Superfast Broadband - Broadband speeds now more than 30 times faster

1st November 2016 Exhibition stand design business Alfa has been saved from having to move out of its Featherstone offices thanks to the Superfast West Yorkshire and York project. The company said existing broadband speeds at its base on read more

NGC Networks builds education client portfolio

1st November 2016 Business communications specialist NGC Networks has added to its growing number of education clients with work for an academy in the North East. The Yorkshire-based company provides business telecommunications and read more

Approval secured for 150 new homes development in Castleford

1st November 2016 Kier Living has secured planning approval to build 150 new houses in Fryston, near Castleford.  The new development, off Wheldon Road, will feature a range of two, three, four and five bedroom homes adjacent to the read more

International programme boosts business opportunities for Wakefield businesses

26th October 2016 Wakefield Council is taking part in an innovative programme aimed at increasing networking and collaboration opportunities for Wakefield businesses, boosting exports and protecting and growing jobs and business across read more

Fast-growing motor firm shortlisted for prestigious award

24th October 2016 A start-up motor firm has been shortlisted for a prestigious regional award.  The Car Buying Group, which formed in 2014, has been shortlisted in the Yorkshire Post's award as Young Business of the read more

Statement sees success with client YTL’s enhanced customer service – using the power of digital

24th October 2016 Yorkshire Telecommunications Limited, known as YTL, is a Wakefield-­‐based telecommunications provider offering a range of phone systems, internet solutions and mobile integrations. Despite operating in a read more

Discover the Future Consumer

20th October 2016 Global mega trends and customer insight, gleaned from billions of pounds worth of industry-led research, will be dissected and delivered by Andrew Revel from the Retail Institute, at Wakefield Bondholders’ first read more

£200m VC fund on the hunt for tech talent

20th October 2016 The former boss of LoveFilm and Mothercare is on the hunt for more early-stage regional technology businesses to invest in, backed by a £200m venture capital fund. Simon Calver is one of the three founding partners read more

Appointment of Commercial Director at Growing Wakefield Business Support Company

20th October 2016 Business support company fds Director Services Limited, which is based in Wakefield with offices in London and Birmingham, has expanded its team yet further with the addition of Gillian Van Laarhoven as the company’s read more

BPC Building Products creates jobs with £500k investment

20th October 2016 Builders’ metalwork manufacturer BPC Building Products has announced a £500k investment project to upgrade and expand its Wakefield warehouse and manufacturing facility, creating up to 10 jobs in the read more

Doors open to major residential sites following Harworth sale

19th October 2016 PROPERTY investment company Harworth Group has sold two major residential sites in Doncaster and Pontefract. The first, to Taylor Wimpey, includes 96 plots at Torne Park at the former Rossington Colliery site in read more

Exciting New Website Signals the Next Step on the Journey for Wakefield Based fds

19th October 2016 Wakefield based business support company fds Director Services Limited has launched its brand new website www.wearefds.com. The website signals the beginning of an exciting stage for fds on their journey as a growing read more

Hinkley Point C is 'potentially very significant' for Wakefield group

19th October 2016 THE Government's decision to go ahead with Hinkley Point C is "potentially very significant" for specialist manufacturer Redhall Group. The Wakefield-headquartered group has submitted a number of read more

Local Business Owner wins National Women in Business Award!

19th October 2016 Joanna Stephenson, from PHD Marketing and Strategy in Ponterfact, won the Start-Up Businesswoman accolade in the 2016 regional finals at a celebration lunch in Newcastle upon Tyne. She will now be invited to appear read more

BDM Autocentre under new ownership

18th October 2016 BDM Autocentre in Wakefield is under new ownership with funding support from NatWest. Located on Leeds Road, the centre offers services for cars and small commercial vehicles. Mechanic Devinder Sipsal has purchased read more

Topic UK Announces Charity Partner

18th October 2016 TopicUK Wakefield’s business to business magazine has announced their annual charity partner for 2017. Throughout 2017, TopicUK will be working alongside Penny Appeal, who are based on Wood Street in read more

Card Factory opens 34 new stores as revenue and profits continue to grow

18th October 2016 Card Factory, the Wakefield-headquartered specialist retailer of greeting cards, dressings and gifts, has reported “further growth in both revenue and profit” for the six months ending 31 July read more

Topping Out’ Ceremony for new Advanced Skills and Innovation Centre

18th October 2016 The signing of a beam and laying of bricks marked the ‘Topping Out’ of Wakefield College’s new £6.8M Advanced Skills and Innovation Centre (ASIC) at a special event last week.  Senior College read more

Second Castleford Beer Festival is 'Made In Castleford'

18th October 2016 Festival partners Mark Seaman, Director of Revolutions Brewery Company and Alison Drake MBE, Chair of Trustees at Castleford Heritage Trust, Castleford Bridge (1 Aire St, Castleford WF10 1JL), with a great view over Queens read more

Putting Digital Wakefield on the Map Wakefield Digital Business Runner Up in National Awards

17th October 2016 A gathering of project teams from across the UK celebrated the results of the O2 NextGen 2016 Digital Challenge at a prestigious dinner event hosted by The Earl of Erroll at the House of Lords in London. The event was the read more

Schofields The Deli Invests in Castleford Town Centre!

17th October 2016 Originally founded in 1876, one of Yorkshire's oldest family run businesses has relocated from Castleford’s indoor market and invested in their first ever high street shop in Castleford Town centre. R M read more

Local Marketing Agency Expands with Business Growth Fund

17th October 2016 Wakefield based marketing agency Northern Media, has relocated offices with the help of the Business Growth Fund, to keep up with their rapid growth, which includes gaining a number of new clients as well as making new read more

£1.5m turnover business acquired by Normanton firm

14th October 2016 Normanotn -based print and IT solutions provider Hague Print has completed the acquisition of Custom Forms, a trade supplier based in Leicestershire which specialises in accountancy forms. Hague Print, which read more

A Fresh New Look For The Hop to Ignite The Wakefield Bar Scene

14th October 2016 Having closed its doors on 25th September and set to reopen to the public from 4pm on Friday 28th October 2016, The Hop promises to bring an exciting new development to Bank Street by investing £250,000 on a full read more

Topic UK Launches in Leeds

13th October 2016 TopicUK the popular free business to business magazine is to launch its fifth edition in Leeds. After launching just three and a half years ago in Wakefield, quickly followed with editions in Kirklees & read more

Horbury Village Partnership are delighted to announce that the brand new website for Horbury is now live!

13th October 2016 Horbury Village Partnership are delighted to announce that the brand new website for Horbury is now live! After 6 months of hard work, gathering information, collating facts and meeting with the large number of read more

Have your say ... 5 Towns Leisure Consultation

13th October 2016 Have your say on proposals to build the district’s largest ever leisure and wellbeing centre in Pontefract Park. The £14.8m flagship facility would provide state-of-the-art amenities designed read more

Martin Walsh Architectural Brings a New Spin to Networking In Wakefield

13th October 2016 Martin Walsh Architectural, in association with Wakefield Bondholders, is bringing the unique and vastly popular networking event, Suits and Vinyl, to Wakefield for the first time. Boasting nearly 800 members, from a read more

A healthy workforce is an essential part of running a productive business.

13th October 2016 Most working age adults spend approximately 8 to 10 hours a day at work, this means there is a large proportion of each working day where the workplace can either positively or negatively influence employee health and read more

Ebsford Environmental Wins at National Apprenticeship Awards 2016 Regional Ceremony

12th October 2016 Ebsford Environmental Ltd has been announced as a winner at the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber National Apprenticeship Awards 2016 regional ceremony. The Awards, now in their thirteenth year, are run by the read more

Educated Yorkshire 2016!

12th October 2016 Already hundreds of education leaders have registered to attend Educated Yorkshire (EY16) which will return on Thursday 10th November at Leeds United Centenary Pavilion. Website now live for registrations read more

Wakefield Careers Event introduces young people to Construction Industry

12th October 2016 Over 1,000 people attended the annual Career Options event in Wakefield! The annual Wakefield Options event showcases apprenticeships across the district and provides young people with information and advice about read more

Accountancy firm Parsons completes £330k purchase of Silkwood Park office in Wakefield

12th October 2016 Wakefield Accountancy firm Parsons has acquired  an office building at Silkwood Office Park in Wakefield for £330k. The Leeds office of property consultancy Knight Frank advised the vendor, Dorset-based read more

Businesses cut chocolate for Trussel Trust

12th October 2016   A WAKEFIELD business woman with a sweet tooth is giving up chocolate in November and is calling on other professionals in the city to do the same. Carmel Harrison who runs a PR agency in Unity Works is appealing to read more

Wakefield Bondholder First Friday BIGGEST Event Yet!

11th October 2016 You’ll probably already know about First Fridays, and Bondholders like to get out and about across the district for these fab networking events. This October we were given the fantastic opportunity to hold first read more

NGC Networks Appoints Head of Mobile

11th October 2016 Business communications specialist NGC Networks has appointed Steve Tipper as its new head of mobile. Steve joins the Wakefield-based business with more than 20 years’ experience in the civilian telecoms read more

Mint Support Exceeds Growth Expectations!

10th October 2016 Local IT Management support service Mint Support has seen continuous month on month growth of over 30%! Mint Support work alongside businesses and Schools across the Leeds City Region and has recorded a high increase in read more

The Light goes on in Trinity

10th October 2016 Wakefield is set to be transformed, with yet another regeneration boost, as the deal to bring a new multi-screen cinema to the city centre is agreed.Wakefield Council and Sovereign Centros, together with the owners of the read more

Innovation Leads to New Site & New Talent for Wakefield Engineering Firm

10th October 2016 Following on from a series of new contract wins and investment in state of the art technology, engineering firm Well Services Group have not only moved into their new premises in Normanton, they are also training their next read more

£17 Million Revamp for Knottingley Factory!

10th October 2016 Stölzle Glass Group has undergone a £17m revamp to support jobs and increase production in their Knottingley factory. Including building a new furnace the factory has also undergone read more

Pharmaceuticals Business Sold in £600M Deal with Castleford based Business

6th October 2016 The UK and Ireland generics business of pharmaceutical company Actavis has been sold in a £600m deal by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries. Intas Pharmaceuticals, through its wholly owned subsidiary Accord read more

Onward Invests in Prime Site to Boost Northern Supply Chain

6th October 2016 Family-run business Onward Holdings continues to invest into the Wakefield District and show confidence in the distribution and manufacturing sector. Onward Holdings specialises in operating read more

Wakefield Telecoms Business NGC Networks Hits £4.5m Turnover Mark

6th October 2016 NGC Networks, the Wakefield-based telecoms specialist, has achieved £4.5m turnover after a strong performance across its products and services. This year’s financial results are up £500k read more

Northern Stars 2016: Last chance to apply!

6th October 2016 Northern Stars are looking to discover the most promising early-stage tech companies in the North of England…including the lesser-known, undiscovered startups – we know you’re out read more

Eddisons sells Featherstone warehouse in £2m deal

6th October 2016 Eddisons has sold a 39,000 sq ft warehouse investment at Featherstone’s Green Lane Industrial Estate near Wakefield for almost £2m. The building, home to NHS supplier Healthcare at Home, has been sold to read more

LPA Eyes Normanton Relocation in Early 2017

5th October 2016 AIM-listed manufacturer LPA Group has said it expects to relocate its LED-based lighting activities to a larger facility in Normanton in early 2017. LPA is a Saffron Walden-headquartered designer, manufacturer and read more

Check out this Canadian Export Opportunity for Wakefield Businesses

4th October 2016 Look at these exciting global opportunities being promoted by UKTI, the specialist Government agency that supports UK businesses to export their goods and services across the world. For more information about read more

Wakefield business triples Pre Tax Profits

3rd October 2016 Profits have increased by 57% at Premier Technical Services Group, as it looks to acquire to expand the business. For the six months to 30 June 2016, PTSG reported revenues of £18.5m up from £11.7m in the read more

Owners of historic buildings in Pontefract urged to apply for grants

3rd October 2016 Owners of historic buildings in Pontefract are being urged to apply for grants which can help to breathe new life into shops, offices and homes. The Pontefract Townscape Heritage Initiative, which is funded by Wakefield read more

New UKIE and NESTA Games Map looking good for Wakefield District CDIT sector - But are you coded correctly?

2nd October 2016 Ukie, the trade body for games and wider interactive entertainment in the UK, have partnered with innovation foundation, Nesta, to launch The UK Games Map, the UK’s first real-time and interactive read more

Fully let Wakefield 41 reflects a strong and competitive North

2nd October 2016 Wakefield 41, a 32,500 sq ft business park, is now fully let after specialist recruitment business Taskmaster agreed a lease, M7 Real Estate has said. M7 Real Estate said it has secured more than 12,800 sq ft of new lettings read more

Will the Council of the North redress the imbalance of power in England

1st October 2016 ANDY Burnham, the Leigh MP who will stand as Labour’s mayoral candidate for Greater Manchester, has said he is involved in the creation of a Council of the North that will redress the imbalance of power in read more

Famous Hepworth sculpture to take a Trinity Walk

1st October 2016 A famous Hepworth sculpture will move to a new home just yards away from where the renowned sculptor was born. Trinity Walk shopping centre, in Wakefield, will play host to Barbara Hepworth’s read more

Building confidence continues to grow in Yorkshire

23rd September 2016 HOUSEBUILDER Redrow Homes has said success in Yorkshire has been “pivotal” to the company’s growth as it reported record results with turnover of more than £1.38bn. The company said read more

Wakefield District a Tale of Contrasts

22nd September 2016 The Community Foundation for Wakefield are holding a networking luncheon at the end of September to explain our plans for re-invigorating the Community Foundation and its impact on communities throughout Wakefield read more

Bernard Matthews buyout by 2 Sisters Food Group Chief Exec

22nd September 2016 Ranjit Singh Boparan, Chief Executive of Wakefield based 2 Sisters Food Group has purchased Europe’s largest turkey producer and global brand name, Bernard Matthews. Despite initial reports saying 2 Sisters read more

Community Business Bright Ideas Fund to Open 30 September

22nd September 2016 Do you have a local community asset that you’ve saved but don’t know what it could be turned into? Do you have a community business idea that you don’t know how to get off the ground? If you are a community group read more

Statement launches a free webinar to help business owners understand the changing B2B buying behaviour

22nd September 2016 Statement are launching a free webinar, titled ‘How B2B Buying Behaviour Is Changing’, to help business owners understand how the B2B buying behaviour has changed and what they need to do to adapt and win more read more

Pontefract Park to be home to district’s flagship £14.8m leisure centre

22nd September 2016 The district’s biggest ever, state-of-the-art, multi-purpose leisure and wellbeing centre will be built, in Pontefract Park - if the proposals get the green light from senior councillors. On Tuesday 27 read more

New Law qualification on offer at Wakefield College for 2016

21st September 2016 In addition to the wide range of courses already provided by our Business School, we are pleased to be working with market specialists, CILEx to launch: Certificate in Law and Practice The part-time, level 3 read more

Wakefield District leading the race to close skills gaps

21st September 2016 August has been a bumper month for LEP skills applications in the Wakefield District, with a fantastic £65,000 in grant funding for eligible training being approved. The Skills Service funding is available for read more

Lindens Health & Nutrition doubles size of factory and warehouse in order to fulfil ambitious growth plans

19th September 2016 Ossett-based health and nutrition company, Lindens, has doubled its factory and warehouse space in a bid to increase its annual turnover by developing its online reach.  Lindens Health & Nutrition Limited, read more

Blacker Hall Farm Shop Wins International Award

19th September 2016 Blacker Hall Farm Shop has had a taste of success after picking up an international award. The venue has been named The Great Taste Shop of the Year award after impressing judges, who described it as a ‘family-run read more

Wakefield firm helps complete £3 million project to historic English park

13th September 2016 A Wakefield-based firm has facilitated the completion of a renovation project of a long-standing English park worth £3 million. Featherstone-based Route One has completed the decorative surfacing at Mary read more

River Ecology Is Winning Contract

13th September 2016 Ebsford Environmental is awarded a significant contract in Scotland crucial to improving the aquatic ecology and long-term ecological gain of Old Mill Burn and Tarff water in Dumfries and Galloway. The West Yorkshire read more

Sutcliffe Play Home Show Success

13th September 2016 Earlier this month, Upton-based Sutcliffe Play once again opened its doors to customers for its fourth annual Home Show exhibition. Customers were invited to attend the two day event which included a series of read more

First Flair4Retail Christmas Jobs Fair a huge success

9th September 2016 The Flair4Retail Christmas Jobs Fairs is off to the perfect start, with more than 350 jobseekers attending the first of three events. Last Friday’s event, held in The Ridings Shopping Centre, offered more than 400 read more

Have you got a textile industry related project in the pipeline?

9th September 2016 The Textiles Growth Programme is a £97M initiative, backed by £19.5M from the Regional Growth Fund (RGF), which aims to support the national revival in textiles. The sector is demonstrating significant read more

Holy Trinity School in Ossett runs to London in the race to beat cancer

9th September 2016 On 23rd/24th September, four tenacious teachers will be running from their school in Ossett to the Macmillan office in central London. Setting off early on the Friday morning they hope to arrive in London read more

Statement Retail hosts free networking event for independent retailers to maximise Christmas trading

8th September 2016 For customers, it may seem like it starts earlier every year, but Christmas planning has already begun for Wakefield’s independent retailers – which is why Statement Retail is inviting retailers and read more

Thornes Park Development – Working together to provide for all

8th September 2016 Wakefield College and Panacea Property Development are currently considering future options for the soon to be vacated Thornes Park Campus, and both are keen to engage with local people as a part of this process. They read more

£16.5 Million Investment Helps Local Game developer Grow

7th September 2016 Wakefield-based games developer and publisher Team 17 has secured a £16.5m investment to fuel its expansion. The firm, which has been developing, publishing and retailing games for 25 years, creates and sells a read more

Input into Transport Strategy for West Yorkshire

7th September 2016 The West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) is developing a Transport Strategy for West Yorkshire. The new plan will be a twenty year vision for developing an integrated transport network that supports the Leeds City read more

Leeds Victoria Business Boost competition

1st September 2016 Wakefield District Entrepeneurs....you still have time to apply for the Leeds Victoria Business Boost competition. The competition is looking for new, innovative and exciting business ideas from young read more

Wakefield Apprenticeship Hub Launches Wakefield 100

1st September 2016 Wakefield Council's Apprenticeship Hub has launched an ambitious campaign to support 100 local businesses to recruit apprentices in 100 days. The 'Wakefield 100' campaign has started this week and aims read more

TechTrade launches in Yorkshire

1st September 2016 Book your spot at the inaugural TechTrade Yorkshire (TY16) event, which will take place on 8 September at Elland Road, Leeds.  Focussed on how tech can transform organisations’ productivity, efficiency read more

Promote your vacancies at Wakefield Districts Jobs Fairs In Sept and Oct!!

1st September 2016 Christmas Jobs Fairs return for 2nd year – book your place! Wakefield’s Christmas Jobs Fairs are making a return this year – with hundreds of jobs being advertised at businesses across the read more

Constructing young careers through Apprenticeships

1st September 2016 The Wakefield Apprenticeship Hub are hosting our first ‘Construct Your Career’ event as part of the annual Careers Progression Event at Cedar Court Hotel (Junction 39 of the M1) on Wednesday 28 September, read more

#GetInGoFar - Can an Apprenticeship help your business?

1st September 2016 The summer exam results season is here and young people will soon find out if they have passed their GCSE or A Level exams and will begin looking to their future careers. A Level results will be known on 18 August, and GCSE results read more

Can you support your staff and help prevent Domestic Abuse?

1st September 2016 Domestic Abuse is a key priority for Wakefield Council and its Partners. Our aim is to prevent domestic abuse from occurring in the first place but equally where people do fall victim we want to protect and support them and read more

Wakefield Cyber firm finalists for top industry Awards

1st September 2016 Wakefield based Agenci announce another success as they are shortlisted for the “Cyber Security Product” Award. The nomination is in recognition for the ‘Cyber Recovery’ read more

Ebsford Environmental shortlisted for Apprenticeship Award

1st September 2016 Ebsford Environmental Ltd based at Nostell Priory has just received recognition for their commitment to apprenticeships & developing young people in Wakefield District. The company, founded 5 years ago with an read more

Leeds City Region to receive £84m of European funded projects

25th August 2016   Over £84m of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) activity is set to move across the Leeds City Region following assurances from the government on the future of EU funding. Contracts read more

Statement host second Shopify Meetup North

25th August 2016 The second Shopify Meetup in Leeds for retailers and agencies will be held at The Adelphi in Leeds and hosted by expert agency, Statement. Earlier this year, expert agency, Statement, hosted a successful Shopify Meetup read more

YPO Cleaning up at The Energy Live Consultancy Awards 2016!

24th August 2016 The Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation (YPO) has taken home two awards, including one for its commitment to outstanding customer service. The Wakefield based firm won the accolade for best customer service at read more

Navigation Pub Fights Back The Flood with Help of Grant Funding

18th August 2016 During the Christmas Floods that swept across the region the Navigation Pub was one of the many businesses affected. After being flooded twice in the space of a fortnight, The Broad Cut Road alehouse, which is based near the read more

Give your input into the West Yorkshire Transport Strategy

12th August 2016 Transport Strategy for West Yorkshire West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) is developing a Transport Strategy for West Yorkshire. The new plan will be a twenty year vision for developing an integrated read more

Castleford Based Pharmaceutical Group Expands with $30BN Deal

8th August 2016 A pharmaceutical group with its UK headquarters in Castleford has expanded with a £30bn deal. Teva is an Israeli business which has its UK headquarters in Castleford. It has paid Allergan $33.4bn (£25.1bn) read more

Pre Construction Specialist Expands Team Following Offfice Move

4th August 2016 Wakefield based pre construction specialists, Central Alliance, are flying high after making seven key appointments to strengthen the technical and business teams. And to celebrate the company move to larger read more

Sister City Agreement Signed in China

2nd August 2016 Wakefield Council led a trade delegation trip to Xiangyang in China last month, to help boost Wakefield's economy and improve international links.  During the visit, the Council formalised its link with read more

Management Buy Out at MTS Nationwide

29th July 2016 Wakefield plant hire and sales business, MTS Nationwide Ltd has been acquired in a management buyout. MTS, which is based on Flanshaw Way operates throughout the North of England and Scotland, read more

Protective Film Solutions chairman appointed to university leadership role

28th July 2016 Protective Film Solutions (PFS) chairman Mark Williams has been appointed to a leadership role at the University of East Anglia (UEA). Mark has been unveiled as the university’s new treasurer and brings with him a read more

World Heritage Site Project Scoops Award

28th July 2016 Ebsford Environmental win the Heritage Award at the 2016 Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards for their work on world heritage site Fountains Abbey. The ceremony, held at the New Dock Hall conference read more

£3.6m Contract Awarded to South Elmsall Firm

22nd July 2016 South Elmsall construction company Harris CM has started work on a £3.6m contract which will see a mixed use scheme created at the former Reg Vardy Renault dealership, just outside Leeds city read more

Could Normanton Business be First in Region to Secure Post Brexit European Deal?

21st July 2016 Cross-channel talks are underway which may lead to the establishment of the first trading partnership between a Yorkshire and EU company since the EU referendum result. Senior staff from German cleaning products read more

New Business Leaders Join Leeds City Region LEP

21st July 2016 The LEP welcomes 3 new private sector members to the Board alongside further new business leaders who will sit on the Panels overseeing work on skills, business support, innovation and the resource efficiency read more

Castle Café to be Run by Wakefield Business Award Winner

20th July 2016 Award winning local catering company Asparagus Green is to run the new café at Pontefract Castle. The company has a commitment to using locally sourced produce and employing locally based staff and is expected to read more

Complete Office Solutions Signs Six Further Acquisitions

20th July 2016 Complete Office Solutions (COS), the Ossett based business supplies and service specialist has completed six more acquisitions and added five more strategic locations throughout the UK. COS has now read more

New Funding Scheme for Business to Go to Cabinet

20th July 2016 Wakefield Council is proposing to provide £315k of funding to attract investment into its city and town centres. A report to the Council's Cabinet, is seeking approval for £315k of the New Homes Bonus read more

New Enterprise Zones Proposed for South Kirkby

20th July 2016 ​Proposals to create Enterprise Zones for South Kirkby Business Park and the Langthwaite Business Park extension are to be discussed by senior councillors next week.  The report to the Council's Cabinet read more

New Vehicles Get Featherstone Firm Going Green

19th July 2016 Route One, the Featherstone based construction and civil engineering business, is revolutionising its fleet of company cars and vans as it aims to reduce its carbon footprint. The firm have announced read more

Joint Venture Agreement Unites West Yorkshire Colleges

19th July 2016 Colleges in West Yorkshire have signed a Joint Venture Agreement that unites the region’s further education sector. The Agreement, signed at Kirklees College, symbolises the commitment from FE Colleges in West read more

Two Weeks Left for Greenshoots Applications

19th July 2016 Businesses have only two weeks left to access funding through the Greenshoots programme, for independent games studios to develop new games for consoles and mobile devices. Microsoft and Creative read more

750 Jobs Promise as Manufacturer Expands

13th July 2016 Normanton based Really Useful Products, is preparing to undertake its next expansion with the help of Lambert Smith Hampton. Work has commenced on a  brand new 13.3 acre purpose-built facility in read more

Forward Funding Deal Guaranteed for Snowhill

13th July 2016 Snowhill Retail Park has been given a boost of £13.7m in a forward funding deal for the ten-unit scheme totalling more than 48,000 sq ft. Kier Property, part of listed property, residential, read more

LEP Apprenticeship Programme Supports Over 2,000 Businesses to Recruit Young Talent

12th July 2016 A LEP programme to help small and medium sized businesses to offer apprenticeships has supported 2,941 businesses, creating 2,367 new apprenticeships for 16 – 24 year olds. The LEP’s apprenticeship read more

Wakefield Responds to Latest HS2 Report

11th July 2016 HS2 have revealed a new route through South Yorkshire and confirmed proposals to build a Sheffield city centre station. The newly proposed route will run east towards the M18 before re-joining the original route south of the read more

Snow, Jedi, Princesses and Pirates heading for Wakefield

11th July 2016 Real snow sledging, a Guinness World Record attempt and Jedi school are all set to entertain families this summer in Wakefield. Trinity Walk shopping centre is hosting nine major free events to celebrate its fifth read more

Help for Landlords to comply with Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Regulations

7th July 2016 Wakefield Council has a supply of battery operated smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to give to agents and landlords for fitting in privately rented homes where they are not present. The supply is to assist landlords read more

Wembley Stadium uses Proton’s Guardian for cleaning its beer lines

6th July 2016 Wakefield based manufacturer Proton Group has been delighted to collaborate with Daniel Clark, Director of Catering Services for DNC the primary catering contractor at Wembley stadium in the use of Proton’s read more

Laying the foundations for the first new homes at City Fields

6th July 2016 Regenerating the east side of the city, work has officially begun on first new homes at City Fields in Wakefield where 118 new homes will be built in the first phase of the project. To celebrate the occasion Cllr Peter Box read more

PTSG expanding with two new acquisitions

5th July 2016 Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG) is delighted to announce that the business will be expanding with two new acquisitions. The first being UK Dry Risers (UKDR), a specialist in the installation of dry and wet riser read more

Devastating Fire Hits Wakefield Business

4th July 2016 Wakefield was hit by one of the biggest fires it has seen in a decade on Sunday the 3rd of July in Outwood.  All the way from Doncaster, a pillar of black smoke could be seen emerging on the horizon. Just off junction 41 of read more

Wakefield Bondholder First Friday Event

4th July 2016 Following on from the great success of Wakefield Business Week in June, we kicked off July with a very exciting First Friday morning with the aptly titled “Construction Industry – Building a Wealth of read more

Keepmoat Committed to Kinsley Development

1st July 2016 Keepmoat has been granted planning permission to build 100 new homes in Kinsley, Wakefield, marking another milestone in West Yorkshire for the housing and community regeneration specialist. The firm, which recently read more

Wakefield Blind Owners Welcome New Owners

30th June 2016 Wrenthorpe based Dearnleys, a supplier of commercial blinds has changed hands as part of a management buy-in backed by Enterprise Ventures. The deal allows Rod Roberts-Dear to take control of Dearnleys in read more

Wakefield Continues to Build Xiangyang City Links

29th June 2016 Wakefield Council is set to lead a trade delegation to China in July of this year.  Wakefield first visited Xiangyang City, within the Hubei Province of China, in 2012 and were joined by a number of local businesses. read more

Saltaire Architects Honoured at Wakefield Hosted LABC Awards 2016

28th June 2016 Hosted at Unity Works Wakefield the Local Authority Building Control Awards celebrated the best of the construction and building industry across Leeds City Region. There were winners across the area and the ceremony itself read more

Skills Help Local Business Ensure Quality

24th June 2016 Businesses in Wakefield and across the Leeds City Region are benefitting from over £2 million worth of training grants thanks to the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The funding has supported the read more

Going Global Message For Business Week Launch

24th June 2016 Wakefield’s global ambition kick-started Wakefield Business Week 2016 on Monday (13 June) when more than 100 delegates joined a panel of experts to discuss the benefits of international trade and inward investment read more

Raising a toast to retail and hospitality

24th June 2016 Retail and hospitality is a growing sector within Wakefield, with opportunities presented by The Bid and also news of a multi-million-pound investment in The Ridings Shopping Centre, we weren’t surprised to see an read more

A Focal Point For Business Week

24th June 2016 The MY Conference, for many, is at the heart of business week. Set mid-way through the week-long celebration, it always promises a diverse mix of exhibitors alongside informative speakers. This year was no different and read more

Tax Relief For Innovators

24th June 2016 Local businesses at the forefront of innovation could be missing out on thousands of pounds’ worth of tax relief and cash back from HMRC, according to Wakefield based Sanders Geeson. Speaking at Wakefield read more

Customer Service with a Smile

24th June 2016 In today’s fast paced business world, we all rely on our technology to be there when we need it.  Whether it be our email, internet or mobile phone.   When things go wrong though, do you actually care what it read more

Why Wakefield

23rd June 2016 Skills gaps, apprenticeships and Wakefield’s retail offering were key issues debated at Why Wakefield, a panel discussion staged at the MY Conference in support of Wakefield Business Week. Creating debate read more

Rutland Mills Developers – Wakefield Is Open To Business

23rd June 2016 City & Provincial Properties PLC, the developers responsible for completing the regeneration of Rutland Mills at the city’s historic Waterfront, has unveiled why it has chosen to invest in Wakefield to create read more

Logistics Center Creates Ferrybridge Jobs!

21st June 2016 Packaging company Taylor Davis, which is based in Wiltshire and specialises in producing metal and plastic containers for food and other uses, has opened its first northern logistics centre at Ferrybridge in West read more

Social Enterprise Creates 78 Jobs as Expansion Moves Forward

9th June 2016 78 jobs to be created as Fresh Pastures constructs new facility at Link 62 Distribution Park Fresh Pastures CIC has acquired 2.7 acres of land earmarked for development at Catalyst Capital’s Link 62 Industrial and read more

Further Expansion Plans for TopicUK

3rd June 2016 Following a successful 2015 with the launch two new magazines for TopicUK covering South Yorkshire and Soho, 2016 is shaping up to be just as successful with a further business magazine planned for Leeds this Summer. This will read more

Fantastic Development Opportunity

2nd June 2016 read more

Indycube Choose Wakefield for England Debut

24th May 2016 One of the world’s leading coworking and creative office space business IndyCube is opening in Wakefield - the first in England. It pioneers new ways of providing office space for small businesses, freelancers read more

WDH Retains Prestigious Industry Accreditation

24th May 2016 The Wakefield based landlord, WDH, has retained a sought after industry accreditation which recognises its continued commitment to resident involvement. The landlord and homebuilder received its fourth read more

Plan to Create 36,000 New Jobs In Leeds City Region Unveiled

24th May 2016 The bodies charged with delivering economic growth in Leeds City Region have unveiled a new economic plan with 10 big impact initiatives that will transform the economy and create thousands of extra jobs over the next 20 read more

Event Mission is to Boost Growth

23rd May 2016 Martin Avison is a man on a mission.  The business growth expert is frustrated at the lack of funding opportunities for ambitious SMEs in the region but rather than standing back he has teamed up with a range of read more

Wakefield Businesses Get Increased Access to Amsterdam

17th May 2016 This week has seen the start of a fourth additional weekday service between Leeds Bradford Airport and Amsterdam, as KLM Royal Dutch Airlines increase their capacity to provide an additional read more

Viamaster Training Launches Job Finder Service For Newly Qualified Truck Drivers

12th May 2016 Castleford based Logistics Training Provider Viamaster Training have entered into a partnership with recruitment company “The HGV Recruitment Company”  to offer a job finder service to newly read more

Triple Success for WDH’s Gas Team

12th May 2016 An in-house team that carries out gas safety checks in over 31,000 homes across Wakefield has achieved national recognition for the quality of their management systems. WDH’s Gas Team achieved the award read more

Bank Lending Helps Hospitality Venue Expand

12th May 2016 The historic West Yorkshire-based Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel has announced expansion plans with funding from Barclays. Originally built in 1610, Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel is located in Badsworth, Pontefract and is owned read more

m2r Education Join forces with TVET UK to Deliver Mauritania ESL Project

4th May 2016 Wakefield based education recruitment company, m2r Education, have successfully completed a challenging project to supply a team of English Language Teachers to work at the Higher Institute of English, a brand new read more

Brewing Business Engineers Its Own Future

4th May 2016 Yorkshire is celebrated for its craft beer movement, presenting a multitude of breweries that create some of the finest ales enjoyed across the UK.  Leeds City Region is no exception, with MD Engineering Solutions read more

Bardsley Construction to Deliver £5m Advanced Skills & Innovation Centre

28th April 2016 A £5m Advanced Skills and Innovation Centre (ASIC) is set to be delivered for Wakefield College by the Yorkshire office of Bardsley Construction. In what is the firm’s second major scheme for the College, read more

Have You Entered the National Apprenticeship Awards?

27th April 2016 Has your apprenticeship scheme provided unprecedented benefits? Has your apprentice gone above and beyond your expectations? The National Apprenticeship Awards are now open for entries and we are looking for read more

WDH Community Initiative Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

26th April 2016 An initiative that’s supported more than 1,500 local young people to raise their aspirations is celebrating its 10 year anniversary. Launched in 2006, WDH’s Community Leadership Programme offers read more

Arts Organisation Beam Move to Wakefield’s Art House

26th April 2016 Wakefield-based arts organisation Beam moved into new premises at the beginning of April, becoming part of the well-established creative community within The Art House, Wakefield. Beam, which, in 2016, celebrates 30 read more

Wakefield Works Returns with Call for Employers to Get Involved

25th April 2016 Following the huge success of our Wakefield Works Employer Event of 2015, Wakefield Works is back to help candidates understand local businesses recruitment experience.  Hosted once again by Jobcentreplus the read more

Work Begins on New Horbury Homes Development

22nd April 2016 Housebuilder Mandale Homes has commenced work on a new gated development of eight homes on a one acre village site at Horbury near Wakefield. The ‘Calder Green’ scheme of high-spec, four-bedroom houses, read more

New Beginnings for Sutcliffe Play's Design Director

21st April 2016 Sutcliffe Play’s Design Director Dave Brady is stepping down at the end of this month and has made his first goal of retirement to cycle around the coast of the UK!  Dave has been with Sutcliffe Play since 1988 and has read more

116 New City Centre Homes for Wakefield

20th April 2016 Yorkshire housebuilder Strata has agreed a deal with English Cities Fund (ECf) to deliver 116 new homes as part of the Merchant Gate masterplan in the centre of Wakefield. The new residential development, located close read more

Innovation in Packaging from Normanton Firm

20th April 2016 Normanton based packaging manufacturer, Parkside, has developed a new packaging solution ideal for the transportation of high value, delicate items in a compact format. Working with their Advanced Packaging Expert read more

Statement Take Lead in #Shopify North Leeds Meetup

20th April 2016 The first Shopify Meetup North is to be held in Leeds and will be hosted by expert agency, Statement. Many eCommerce retailers will be familiar with the Shopify platform and may use it on a daily basis to manage read more

Leeds Bradford to Newquay Routes Now Confirmed

19th April 2016 Leading regional airline, Flybe announces details of fourth new route under UK Government’s Regional Air Connectivity Fund. Operating three times a week from 28th October, 2016, this is the fourth and read more

Engaging Education Launch New Website

19th April 2016   Engaging Education the Wakefield based social enterprise who provide a comprehensive creative agency specialising in education alongside bespoke workshops delivering on key Ofsted read more

Opportunities for Young People at Wakefield Careers Evening

19th April 2016 Wakefield Council is holding a Careers Evening to give young people the opportunity to speak to employers, get career advice and see what apprenticeships are on offer in the district.  The Wakefield Careers read more

Leading Light Launches New Brand

19th April 2016 Harvard, world leader in the design, development and manufacture of energy saving wireless lighting control solutions, has unveiled its exciting new brand – Harvard Technology. For more than 20 years Harvard read more

WDH’s Homebuilder Team Build On Their Success at the Considerate Constructor Awards

19th April 2016 An in-house construction team in Wakefield has won a prestigious national award for a development in Crofton. The national Considerate Constructor Awards, held in Manchester, saw WDH’s Homebuilder team take read more

M2R Education Go Live with Online Courses

18th April 2016 Wakefield based education and training recruitment service has partnered with two leading UK companies to provide online English Language Courses and support to run your own business. Providing flexibility so that study read more

Harris Partnership expands into London

18th April 2016 Wakefield-based architects The Harris Partnership has expanded into central London after opening a new office in the capital. The new office in St Christopher’s Place W1 follows a period of continued growth read more

National Retail Expert puts Spotlight on Wakefield Businesses

15th April 2016 A national retail and commercial expert will be offering valuable insight and advice to local businesses on Wednesday 20th April as part of Welcome to Yorkshire’s Lights, Camera, Action business workshop taking read more

Printing Company Creates Jobs with New Investment

13th April 2016 Ossett-based printing company, Kuhnel Graphics, has invested in its production line, creating five new jobs after securing funding worth £345k from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. Kuhnel read more

Five Towns Park Open Up Opportunities for Local Business

12th April 2016 Local businesses have been offered the chance to provide goods or services to Castleford’s Five Towns Park development, at a special ‘Meet the Buyer’ event. The £135 million development will read more

Business Growth Brings a First Class Expansion

6th April 2016 Station managers Virgin Trains East Coast unveiled their exclusive new waiting room this week with a little help from singer and TV presenter Jane McDonald. The first-class lounge on the Westgate platforms could read more

Expansion Helps to Deliver Record Year

5th April 2016 Wakefield’s Card Factory has seen revenue climb towards a £400m record year. With 50 new shops opening across 2015 the retailer can now count more than 800 stores UK wide. Alongside its more recent online read more

Aspiring, Dedicated, Employable - Change100

4th April 2016 Change100 is a programme of paid summer work placements and mentoring opportunities for disabled students and recent graduates and is part of a national initiative to help kick start the careers of talented read more

Discussions Started on Ideas for Future of the District

31st March 2016 A new initiative has been launched to seek out residents' and business people's ideas about the future of the district. People in Castleford were asked to share their ideas of what they believe the area needs to read more

Wakefield Council backs Campaign to Tackle Child Abuse

25th March 2016 Wakefield Council is urging people to be aware of the signs of child abuse and to help tackle it by reporting any concerns. The ‘Let’s Tackle Abuse Together’ campaign highlights that everyone read more

YPO Makes Sunday Times 100 Best Not for Profit Organisations to Work For

24th March 2016 YPO has been named in the Sunday Times 100 Best Not for Profit Organisations to Work For list for the second year running. The Wakefield firm moved up ten places from last year to 61st. The Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation read more

Work Begins on Brand New Development for Ossett

24th March 2016 Gregory Property Group has started on site with the speculative development of two new industrial/warehouse properties at Ossett 40, located just off Junction 40 of the M1. This is the first speculative commercial read more

Castleford’s Queen’s Mill Project Gets Financial Boost to Secure Match Funding

24th March 2016 Refurbishment plans for one of Castleford's important historic buildings have been given a significant boost by Wakefield Council.  A £50k grant has been awarded to Castleford Heritage Trust for the read more

250 Jobs to be Created as Work Starts on New Wakefield Retail Scheme

17th March 2016 Developer Kier Property has appointed Henry Boot Construction to design and build eight mixed-use units of different sizes, totalling 46,600sq ft. The scheme will comprise an Aldi foodstore, five further retail read more

Business Leaders Urge Chancellor To Complete A Missing Piece In The Northern Powerhouse

16th March 2016 Ahead of the Budget, over 60 business, further and higher education leaders have signed an open letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer calling for a devolution deal for the Leeds City Region declaring it as the “only read more

New Website Launched to Help People Find Retail Jobs

15th March 2016 Wakefield's first dedicated retail recruitment website – www.flair4retail.co.uk – has been launched in partnership between Wakefield Council, Jobcentre Plus, Trinity Walk and The Ridings read more

Step Forward for Knottingley Energy Project

15th March 2016 Work on the next phase at St Paul’s Developments’ 110 acre former Oxiris chemical works site in Knottingley, Wakefield has begun. The property development firm is carrying out a major remediation and read more

College Celebrates Apprentice Achievements

11th March 2016 Apprentices and employers will tread the red carpet to celebrate the National Apprenticeship Week. Wakefield College will host apprenticeship employers and apprentices across Yorkshire to come forward and show how read more

Café business opportunity at Pontefract Castle

10th March 2016 An exciting new business opportunity is on offer to run a café in a popular local tourist attraction.  Tenders are being invited from businesses to operate a café in the new visitor centre at read more

Help for small firms under pressure with pension auto-enrolment

10th March 2016 As tens of thousands of small business owners approach their ‘staging date’ for pensions auto-enrolment, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is assuring small business owners that help is at read more

De Lacy Academy Embraces Apprenticeships

9th March 2016 De Lacy Academy is a mixed secondary school and sixth form in the City of Wakefield. The academy is ranked third of DfE League tables and have a 100% pass rate in A-Level and BTEC qualifications. The Academy’s career read more

WDH Apprentices Prepare New Training Facility for 2016 Intake

2nd March 2016 Aspiring bricklayers and joiners have been putting their on-the-job training to good use after creating new facilities for WDH’s 2016 intake of trade apprentices. Six WDH apprentices recently built internal read more

Peabody Chooses EyeNut Lighting Controls

2nd March 2016 Peabody, one of the largest operators of affordable housing in the UK, has started to install the EyeNut monitoring and management solution for interior lighting from Harvard, world leader in the design, development and read more

The Evolution of Snug

2nd March 2016 Sutcliffe Play has given Snug, the large scale, flexible, loose parts play system a comprehensive makeover with a new name, a new colour scheme and a new piece of equipment. Working with Snug & Outdoor, the original read more

Creative Hub Set to Transform Wakefield Waterfront

1st March 2016 Wakefield could become the 'creative hub' of the North as over 100,000 sqft of derelict buildings are set to be transformed in a landmark deal, which will see the City's historic Waterfront regeneration project read more

Heritage Honoured at Pontefract Civic Society Design Awards

25th February 2016 1 Market Place and Suzi’s Boutique were amongst the winners at Pontefract Civic Society’s Design Awards. Winning the Improvement Award, 1 Market  Place was recognised for; “Returning read more

Ridings Shopping Centre Set For Multi-Million Pound Investment

25th February 2016 The Ridings Shopping Centre based in Wakefield has announced plans for a multi-million pound investment following its sale to NewRiver Retail, the retail property investor. The plans include significant works and read more

LEP Invests Over £1.5m Into Training Local Businesses

24th February 2016 The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) have invested over £1.5 million into funded training for businesses through their pioneering skills service. One business benefitting is D E Ford, a Yorkshire read more

Join Future Cities Catapult and UKTI on a trade delegation to Brazil

18th February 2016 Future Cities Catapult has launched a competition for Small or Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to be included in a UK Government delegation to Brazil. The mission, which will take place from 27th March to 1st April read more

Stada Group Aims to Put Wakefield on the Map with Tech-Driven, Consumer-Focused Vision for Future

18th February 2016 After attracting local investment after unprecedented growth in 2015, Stada Group has laid down bold plans for the future of the region’s multimedia industry, announcing its strategy for 2016 to match the rising read more

Over 1,000 hygrometers provided to WDH tenants

18th February 2016 More than 1,000 hygrometers have been handed out by WDH as part of the landlord’s proactive work to help its tenants identify and manage damp and condensation in their own homes. WDH received 1,085 complaints read more

Wakefield Welcomes Hospitality Newcomer

12th February 2016 Wakefield’s well known and vibrant evening economy scene has just received another boost with the opening of a continental-style beer cafe. Wakefield Beer Exchange has opened on the Bull Ring by four read more

Print Business Achieves ISO27001

12th February 2016 Printforms Ltd, a design, print and fulfilment company, based in Wakefield, are proud to announce that they have successfully achieved their ISO27001 certification! Printforms have been providing print and read more

Construction Company Brings Jobs to Castleford

11th February 2016 Construction company Interserve has invested a "significant" amount in its Castleford offices, as it commits to the Yorkshire market.  The investment has improved facilities for read more

Retailer Creates 250 Jobs

10th February 2016 A major new retail scheme in Wakefield is set to create 250 jobs. Wakefield Council have given approval for a brand new £12m development, anchored by discount retailer Aldi,  which will form a read more

Council Aims to ‘Build Wakefield’ With Help of Housebuilders

9th February 2016 Wakefield Council is working to tackle the housing shortage by building better partnerships with the region’s small and medium-sized housebuilders, starting at an event later this month. The ‘Build read more

Record Year for Wakefield Shopping Centre

4th February 2016 A Wakefield shopping centre has had a record year after a wave of new lettings, campaigns and events. Trinity Walk smashed its highest footfall record in 2015 after seeing 11.22million shopping visits throughout read more

Third Apprentice Signals Strong Year Ahead for Wakefield Clothes Supplier

28th January 2016 Xamax, the work wear and sports clothing specialist, has expanded its skilled workforce with the addition of a new apprentice. Dominic Jones, aged 20 from Hall Green, has been offered a Trade Counter Sales read more

Greens Power into New Era With MBO

27th January 2016 A historic Wakefield based supplier of heat transfer, economiser and industrial boiler products has been acquired in a management buyout (MBO) backed by investment firm Rcapital. Management has acquired read more

Manufactured Yorkshire Merges Old with New for 2016 Line Up

25th January 2016 Manufactured Yorkshire has looked to the region’s industrial heritage for its 2016 line up that will see more exhibitors and delegates to a new bigger venue. Alongside the traditional heavy industrial read more

£5m To Help Flood-Affected Businesses In Leeds City Region

21st January 2016 The West Yorkshire Combined Authority Investment Committee has endorsed a £5m fund to help small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) across Leeds City Region recover from the effects of recent read more

Double Century for The Hub

20th January 2016 Over 500 Wakefield SMEs have now committed to taking on an apprentice through Wakefield Apprenticeship Hub. This commitment represents the massive success of the current scheme which continues to work with local employers read more

Faith in TopicUK leads to first UK Franchise

19th January 2016 TopicUK the community B2B magazine, first launched in 2013, is delighted to announce its first franchisee; Brighouse business couple Carl and Stefanie Hopkins. The pair who run public relations firm Faith PR and also read more

20th Anniversary Brings Creative Rebrand for Wakefield Energy Company

18th January 2016 Energy Services, one of the nation’s leading business energy consultants, are celebrating 20 years in the industry with a complete company rebrand, unveiling a new brand identity to help mark their anniversary with a read more

Training Facility Added for Local Homebuilders

18th January 2016 A 30,000 sq ft state-of-the-art construction training centre and trade store has been opened by WDH. The store, based on the Trident Park industrial estate in Normanton, represents a £1.5 million investment and read more

Property Event a First For Wakefield

18th January 2016 Wakefield’s home grown estate agent Holroyd Miller are launching Wakefield’s only comprehensive residential and commercial property event on Wednesday 20th of January, 4.00pm at the firms Northgate read more

Forza AW and Kober Bought Through Normanton Based Firm

13th January 2016 ASDA’s Normanton based subsidiary International Procurement and Logistics (IPL) has bought two meat manufacturing businesses that are both major suppliers to the supermarket chain. Sister companies Forza AW read more

Ink Dries on Deal for Normanton Family Firm

12th January 2016 Gardiner Colours a Normanton-based manufacturer of specialist printing inks, sealers and varnishes has been acquired from its founder in a family deal. James Gardiner, the son of founder Ray Gardiner, has acquired read more

Flood Defence Receives a Route To Lasting Solution

12th January 2016 East Yorkshire based C R Reynolds awards Route One Highways with a specialist contract as part of Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council’s commitment to investing in environment improvement. The read more

Looking Into The Future of Eye Health

7th January 2016 Eye health and patient care are in focus for an award winning Wakefield opticians store after it invested in new cutting edge technology as part of a refurbishment. Valli Opticians in Outwood has installed a read more

Experienced Retail Director Set to Take Card Factory Helm

6th January 2016 An experienced retail sector executive who has worked in senior roles at Asda and B&M is to take over as chief executive of Wakefield Headquartered Card Factory after it was revealed that Richard Hayes is to step read more

Wakefield’s Drains Aid Gets Derby Contract

5th January 2016 Wakefield-based DrainsAid, the specialist drainage and sewer rehabilitation division of Peter Duffy Ltd, has been awarded a place on Derby Homes Ltd specialist supplier framework for sewer connections and associated read more

Wakefield’s Ridings Shopping Centre Bought in £108m Deal

4th January 2016 NewRiver Retail, the retail property investor, is set to acquire four shopping centres, including the Ridings Shopping Centre in Wakefield, and two retail warehouses, for £108m. NewRiver has exchanged read more

WDH Secure Further ISO 14001 Certification

4th January 2016 WDH has successfully secured the continuation of their ISO 14001 certification until February 2017. ISO 14001 is an environmental management system; it is an internationally recognised standard which demonstrates read more

100 New Jobs as Business Expands into Wakefield

23rd December 2015 Bibby Distribution has continued to invest in its Yorkshire operations with a new flagship depot in Wakefield, creating 100 jobs. The new 280,000 sq ft facility located at G Park at Junction 31 on the M62 will read more

WDH Help Source Local Talent for Software Company

21st December 2015 A man from Normanton found his dream career following a referral from a WDH work club.  Attila Gyokos, 21, spent six months working at WDH as Project Support Assistant which helped him gain skills to aid his future read more

The Wonder of Wakefield

18th December 2015 The Wakefield City Centre Partnership (WCCP) has created The Wonder of Wakefield brand to highlight and celebrate the wonderful things happening in Wakefield city centre this Christmas. This covers retail, arts, dining, read more

Finance Agreement Brings Jobs to Farmer Copley's

17th December 2015 Pontefract-based Farmer Copley’s is set to construct a new 150 seat café and restaurant after securing development funding from Royal Bank of Scotland. These new plans will also create 19 new jobs, read more

Expansion Plans After Just Seven Months in Wakefield!

17th December 2015 A Wakefield self storage facility is set to undergo an expansion only seven months after first opening. After opening in May, McCarthy’s Storage World only converted a section of the two story, 40,000 sq ft read more

Homebuilder Pays Homage with Coal Mining Museum

17th December 2015 With five active home schemes on former collieries, housing and regeneration specialist, Keepmoat has teamed up with the National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield to launch the Miner Memorial Gardens and pay tribute to those read more

BizEd Connected Delivers Positivity and Collaboration

17th December 2015 Wakefield First, Wakefield College, Inspiring Skills and Copiserv came together on 15th December at the College’s Thornes Park Campus to host a day of workshops, speakers, exhibitors and networking for both schools read more

Wakefield McDonald's Set to Unveil Brand New Digital Offering

16th December 2015 McDonald’s on Dewsbury Road has undergone an exciting transformation following local franchisee Anne Wainwright’s investment in improving the experience for local customers. These major developments read more

Tour De Yorkshire Confirms Wakefield Return

10th December 2015 Wakefield Council is welcoming the Tour de Yorkshire back to the district as the race returns for its second year, next April. Welcome to Yorkshire has today (Wednesday 9 December) confirmed the details of the race route. read more

National Award for Wakefield’s Kirkgate Station

9th December 2015 Groundwork Wakefield last week won a National Railway Heritage Award for the £5.6 million project that saw Kirkgate Station brought back to its former glory. At a ceremony at The Merchant Taylors’ Hall in read more

Chadwick Lawrence Get Into the Panto Spirit

9th December 2015 Staff at Yorkshire law firm Chadwick Lawrence have entered into the spirit of the season by holding a mock trial of the rats, the infamous villains from pantomime Dick Whittington. A seasonal favourite, Dick Whittington read more

Polyurethane Progress Becomes Polyglobal

8th December 2015 In response to the demands and opportunities of the markets it supplies, from 1st December 2015, Polyurethane Progress Ltd will operate under the new name of PolyGlobal. This will help develop its work in the world’s read more

Most Recognised Legal Brand in the US Strengthens UK Presence

8th December 2015 LegalZoom Legal Services Ltd (‘LegalZoom UK’), the UK arm of the leading US legal brand, today announced an agreement to acquire Beaumont Legal, an award-winning law firm based in Wakefield, read more

Free WiFi Deal for Wakefield Tenants

8th December 2015 WDH, the social landlord, has partnered with CommunityUK.net to introduce a free WiFi Broadband Network across the Wakefield district. WDH aims to help all of its 60,000 tenants to get online by 2020 and is now working read more

Rent Reductions and Ambitious New Build Growth Plans for WDH

4th December 2015 WDH is planning further growth through an ambitious additional new-build investment programme in support of local communities.  The social landlord and home builder is negotiating additional funding of some read more

Small Business Saturday 2015

3rd December 2015 Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their read more

£1m to Support Leeds City Region SMEs

2nd December 2015 Businesses within the Leeds City Region are benefitting from LEP support and grants totalling over £1m to invest in skills and training of staff.   The funding has supported the training of over 2,000 read more

The Art House Starts an Exciting New Chapter

2nd December 2015 The Art House celebrates an exciting new chapter as it breathes life into Drury Lane library following a major £3m development funded by European Regional Development Fund, Wakefield Council and Arts Council read more

Wakefield Included in New Enterprise Zones

1st December 2015 Responding to the news that the Leeds City Region has secured a second Enterprise Zone in the region, LEP Chair Roger Marsh OBE said: “We submitted a robust and strong case to Government for a second Enterprise Zone read more

University Centre plans move a step closer...

30th November 2015 A brand new £6.25 million Advanced Skills and Innovation Centre (ASICS), which will become the new home of the University Centre at Wakefield College, has been given the go-ahead. The Centre, based at the read more

Group Rhodes CEO - One of Manufacturing's 'Most Inspirational Figures'

30th November 2015 Group Rhodes CEO, Mark Ridgway OBE, DL has been named as one of the manufacturing sector's most inspirational figures for 2015. The 2015 list, unveiled at an awards ceremony at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery on read more

Pandora Opens At Trinity Walk

24th November 2015 Major international jewellery brand, PANDORA, has made a move into a brand new store at Trinity Walk shopping centre in Wakefield city centre. PANDORA has opened its brand new 1,275 sq ft unit – operated by read more

Fashion retailer Bonmarché sees the fruits of its labour

23rd November 2015 Cheif executive of fashion retailer Bonmarché Beth Butterwick has said she is "pleased" with the progress of the firm as it invests in its digital channels and marketing. Bonmarché's read more

Beaumont Legal and Richard Kendall team up to support Wakefield Hospice 10K

23rd November 2015 Beaumont Legal Solicitors and Richard Kendall Estate Agent have teamed up to support Wakefield Hospice’s 2016 Wakefield 10K, as the annual “RUN for FUNds” officially opened its discounted Early Bird read more

£100k Grant Helps to Safeguard 50 Jobs in Castleford

20th November 2015 Imexpart Ltd, the Castleford-based vehicle parts distributor, has expanded its offices, warehouse and secured the futures of 50 local jobs due to support from Barclays and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership read more

New Store Is The Works for Trinity Walk

20th November 2015 National retailer, The Works, is now open at Trinity Walk Shopping Centre in Wakefield city centre this week. The latest addition to the current line-up for shoppers now means Trinity Walk is now more fully-let than ever read more

Entrepreneur Inspires With Tale Of Rags To Riches

19th November 2015 First Friday, the district-wide networking event hosted by the Wakefield First Bondholder Scheme, will inspire the district’s business community with a journey of rags to riches on 4th December, when they are joined read more

Statement & Trinity Walk Announce New Digital Partnership

17th November 2015 Statement are delighted to announce that we have been appointed by leading regional shopping centre, Trinity Walk, as their new digital partner. Trinity Walk opened in May 2011 and boasts 550,000 sq ft of prime retail, read more

Network Rail Hire Wakefield Firm

16th November 2015 DrainsAid, the specialist drainage and sewer rehabilitation division of Peter Duffy Ltd, has successfully secured a two year contract with Network Rail for the management of the company’s septic tank assets on the read more

BP Gets Ultrablast Accomodation

16th November 2015 Wakefield manufacturer Thurston Building Systems has signed a £3m contract with Amec Foster Wheeler for BP. The company, which makes modular and portable building manufacturer, have signed a deal to supply the read more

Sale Increase for Wakefield's Card Factory

13th November 2015 Card Factory has seen sales growth of 7.9%, for the nine months ending 31 October 2014, as it continues its ambitious plans to roll out 50 new stores in the current financial year. The Wakefield-based greetings card and read more

A Tailored Approach To Accounting

12th November 2015 With over 27 years of accountancy and bookkeeping experience Allison Taylor was providing a high quality service to an ever growing client base. Allison prides herself in offering a tailor made service to each clients read more

Developing Talent is Key to Business Growth

12th November 2015 Route One Highways develop its administration team staff into Operational and Commercial roles as a strategic part of the company’s growth and expansion into the highways and rail maintenance markets. Danielle read more

Wakefield Security Firm Donates to Victim Support for National Home Security Month

11th November 2015 At the start of National Home Security Month, which ran throughout October, Wakefield security company, Calder Security Ltd, pledged to donate money to Victim Support for each home installation and service conducted read more

£50m Funding Boost to Wakefield Discounter

11th November 2015 Poundworld has doubled the level of funding from its bank to £50m to support its aggressive growth plans to add more than one store a week. The value retailer was bought by TPG Capital in May for £150m and has now read more

Castleford Firm Continues Acquisitions in Run up to Christmas

11th November 2015 PTSG has continued its pre-Christmas shopping spree with its third acquisition in six weeks, buying a West Midlands electrical safety testing company. The Castleford business, which floated on the stock market in read more

School Campaign to Support Safer Streets

10th November 2015 A campaign created by Made in Leeds and Xamax, the leading supplier of branded clothing, has launched and will see 1,500 West Yorkshire based school children handed FREE high-visibility vests worth read more

Burberry Safeguards Jobs Across Yorkshire

5th November 2015 British global luxury brand Burberry has revealed plans to develop a new state-of-the-art manufacturing and weaving facility in South Bank, Leeds. The proposed development reflects an initial investment of over read more

Manufacturer Brings 13 Jobs to South Kirkby Business Park

5th November 2015 A brand new shredding site has opened its doors, marking the completion of a £1m investment by PHS Data Solutions in their facilities. PHS has created 13 permanent full time jobs with the investment and predicts read more

Backbone of Britain Gets Route One Repairs

4th November 2015 The back bone of Britain, the M6 motorway, recieves specialist treatment from Route One Highways as they are awarded a sub-contract from Cubby Construction as part of the Highways England major roads improvements read more

Local Firm Big Winner at Yorkshire Legal Awards

2nd November 2015 The Yorkshire Legal awards have recognised local firm Chadwick Lawrence with two great awards. Scooping double victory in the Residential Property and the Employment Law Award the firm with Offices in Wakefield, Leeds read more

TopicUK Expands Into Barnsley

30th October 2015 TopicUK Wakefield’s premier B2B magazine, launched over two and a half years ago in the city, is set to launch a third edition in Barnsley. The new publication will be unveiled on 13 November at The Oakwell Stadium, read more

Castleford Group Storms Ahead with Essex Acquisition

30th October 2015 Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG), based in Castleford, has completed the  acquisition of JW Gray, a designer, installer and maintainer of lightning protection and earthing systems, for a total read more

Regus to Open First Wakefield Centre

30th October 2015 Regus, the global workspace provider, is to open its first centre in Wakefield.   Regus now have more than 20 centres in Yorkshire, reflecting the strong demand for flexible, cost-effective workspace in the read more

Consent Given for £300m Knottingley Power Station

29th October 2015 Planning has been granted for a joint venture, Multifuel Energy, to start work on a £300m Knottingley power station. Multifuel (MEL) is a joint venture between SSE and WHeelabrator Technologies, and the site will read more

WDH Achieves Europe’s Highest Business Award

28th October 2015 WDH has been named as one of Europe’s best businesses after winning the EFQM Excellence Award. EFQM is recognised across Europe as the benchmarking framework for major businesses across the continent and beyond, with read more

Real Bread Company On the Rise

28th October 2015 The Real Bread Company setup by Pontefract Family Centre has opened a brand new Café on Gillygate.  The new café will take bread from the now established bakery and make it available to the hungry people of read more

Wakefield Apprenticeship Hub…Probably the best Apprenticeship Hub in the world

28th October 2015 Wakefield Apprenticeship Hub has exceeded their target to create 300 apprenticeships at the end of the summer, making them the first Apprenticeship Hub in the region to achieve all of their targets. Wakefield read more

Wakefield Welcomes Pandora

27th October 2015 Major international jewellery brand, PANDORA, is taking a 1,275 sq ft unit at Trinity Walk Shopping Centre in the heart of Wakefield city centre. The PANDORA store will be operated by locally-based jewellers, Hugh Rice, read more

Berryman Glass Secure £24.5m Financing Deal

27th October 2015 South Kirkby based glass recycling company, URM, which trades as Berryman in the UK, has agreed a £24.5 million financing deal with the Royal Bank of Scotland. The firm operates three treatment and recycling read more

Golden Triangle Go from Strength to Strength

26th October 2015 Golden Triangle Inventories, setup by local entrepreneurs; Dan Crosland and Stephen Dobbins has gone from strength to strength over the past 12 months. With a rapidly expanding client base, Golden Triangle work read more

New Head of Wills & Probate Expands Beaumont Legal’s Offering

26th October 2015 Beaumont Legal, one of the fastest growing law practices in the UK, has announced Libby Holding as its latest recruit, joining the firm as Head of Wills & Probate. Based in Wakefield with a turnover exceeding £5 read more

QA Unveils the UK’s First Ever IT Degree Apprenticeships

26th October 2015 Award-winning IT apprenticeship provider, QA, has today unveiled the UK’s first work-based degree programme for IT apprentices. These ground-breaking programmes now offer young adults unrivalled progression read more

£800,000 Goes To Upskill Business

26th October 2015 The LEP skills service has now committed over £800,000 to local businesses, enabling over 250 businesses to invest in training. Some more unusual training requests have been supported through the skills service read more

Wonder of Wakefield Launches with Food Trail

22nd October 2015 The Wonder of Wakefield (WoW), the celebration of all things wonderful in Wakefield this Christmas held its launch at the Hepworth Art Gallery last Thursday, 16 October, with an exciting and exceedingly tasty food read more

Monkeyfinger Custom Paint Dips into New Market

22nd October 2015 Monkeyfinger’s Gavin Moore was both experienced and passionate about custom paint and design work.  After several years working for other people he thought his talent would be better used in his own business, read more

Quittance Gains New Directors

20th October 2015 Jeremy Garside and Howard Willis have been appointed as directors of Quittance Personal Injury. Quittance Personal Injury is a national claims management company. Jeremy Garside is a partner and former managing read more

Hype Grows For Third Store

20th October 2015 Clothing retailer Hype, based in The Ridings Shopping Centre, has opened a third retail unit in the Centre following more than ten years of successful trading of its sister stores, Hype Kids and Hype Menswear. Hype read more

Leeds City Region Commit to Build on What Works

19th October 2015 West Yorkshire council and business leaders have reaffirmed their commitment to pursuing a devolution deal with government for the Leeds City Region ahead of a larger geography. A devolution proposal including all of read more

Wakefield Council Commit to Moving Forward on Development Sites

19th October 2015 A successful bid by Wakefield Council has unlocked £50k from the Government’s Site Delivery Fund to assist house building across the district.  Owners of sites with planning permission can now access read more

Eric’s Pie Wings Its Way To Victory

15th October 2015 Yorkshire born Eric Richmond believed his greatest triumph was being the youngest-ever Lancaster Bomber pilot in World War. But two years after his death a pork pie recipe he devised 70 years ago has won a top award. Eric read more

Wakefield Council ‘Highly Commended’ at Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony

13th October 2015 Wakefield Council has been 'highly commended' for its apprenticeship programme - which gives opportunities to young people from across the district to learn new skills to develop their careers. The read more

Business Growth Continues Above the National Average

9th October 2015 The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has welcomed significant progress in the rate of business growth, as new figures place the city region ahead of the national average. The latest growth data, released read more

Card Factory Set for Store Increase

6th October 2015 Wakefield-headquartered Card Factory, the specialist retailer of greeting cards, dressings and gifts, has reported growth in both revenue and profit in its financial results for the six months ending 31 July 2015. The read more

Sutcliffe Play Strengthen The Team

6th October 2015 Play equipment designer and manufacturer Sutcliffe Play has strengthened its sales team with two appointments. The employee-owned company has promoted Andrew Love to Sales and Marketing Director. Andrew has worked in the read more

Avoid Your Business Being Penalised

1st October 2015 A free event is being organised by Wakefield first and SFB Sanders Geeson Chartered Accountants to ensure Wakefield small businesses avoid facing fines of up to £500 a day if they fail to act under government plans for read more

New Look Stores at The Ridings

30th September 2015 Two leading retailers within The Ridings Shopping Centre are undergoing major store refurbishments to offer customers an improved shopping experience. Mobile telecommunications provider Vodafone, in addition to read more

Design Agency Gets Skills Boost!

30th September 2015 Wakefield Businesses are benefitting from skills funding and support thanks to the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Through the LEP’s skills service, small and medium sized businesses within read more

Great Success As Vacancies Filled

30th September 2015 Jobcentreplus in partnership with Wakefield Council teamed up with the management suites at Trinity Walk and The Ridings Shopping Centre last week and hosted the first Wakefield City Centre jobs fair. Both days were jam read more

Local Law Firm Continues to Invest in Future Leaders

28th September 2015 Following their award for Business of the Year at the Wakefield District Business Awards, Chadwick Lawrence are continuing to move forward, placing a huge amount of importance on the development of its younger employees and read more

Wakefield Council Comes In First!

25th September 2015 The Council scooped the top award at the Insider Media Yorkshire Property Awards for its work to support development, drive growth and aid commercial operators to complete developments across all sectors. Accepting read more

Collaboration Removes Risk for Pedestrians

23rd September 2015 Featherstone based Route One Highways rail division partners with Story Contracting to develop a safe crossing for pedestrians at high-risk level crossing on behalf of Network Rail. Identified as one of the top ten read more

Forward Funding Sees Major Development Move Forward

23rd September 2015 A huge distribution centre being built by Caddick Developments for TK Maxx in Knottingley and set to support up to 2,700 jobs has been acquired in a deal worth £59m. Tritax Big Box REIT has completed the land purchase read more

Wakefield Makes the Shortlist!

23rd September 2015 Wakefield Council is delighted to have been shortlisted for the Business Insider Yorkshire Property Industry Awards, Local Authority of the Year.  With over £60M of grant funding having been brought into the read more

Wakefield Discounter Breaks Record

15th September 2015 Wakefield headquartered Poundworld has seen unprecedented success this year as operating profits rose 130%. For the year ended 31 March 2015, Poundworld's operating profit increased to £14.6m The read more

Beaumont Legal Launches Online Fixed Fee Commercial Property Calculator

11th September 2015 Beaumont Legal, one of the fastest growing law practices in the UK, has launched a bold new online commercial property quote calculator to allow businesses to gain legal fee estimates at any time of day or night – an read more

Step Closer to South Wakefield Redevelopment

11th September 2015 Wakefield Council continues to transform and improve the city with several major regeneration projects moving towards completion. The Council has been working on a series of projects in the south of the city, which in read more

LC Industrial completes £290k revamp of South Elmsall industrial property

11th September 2015 LC Industrial, a joint venture Lumina Real Estate Capital & Leeds-based Citivale, has completed a major refurbishment of one of its flagship industrial buildings in South Elmsall. LC Industrial bought the South read more

'Inspiration and Challenge' Brings New Faces to Bondholder first Friday

10th September 2015 Over 60 delegates attended last week’s Wakefield Bondholder first Friday at Hatfeild Hall.  This established top class event attracted a host of new faces to what is fast becoming the go to networking event for read more

Wakefield College Business School Open for Business...

9th September 2015 The Business School at Wakefield College was officially opened at a special event at the College’s City Campus last week. Senior staff from the College were joined by local business leaders, representatives from read more

Wakefield Kirkgate station completes £5.6m restoration project

9th September 2015 Wakefield’s original rail station, which first opened in 1840 is to be officially re-opened on Monday 14 September. Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council and Chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority read more

Wakefield to Support West Yorkshire Devolution Bid

8th September 2015 Wakefield Council's Leader, Cllr Peter Box, has confirmed that the region's Council leaders have submitted a bid for devolution Alongside the neighbouring Council Leaders, Cllr Box has confirmed that his read more

Work to Begin on Pontefract Castle

27th August 2015 Work on the £3.5 million Key to the North project will start on site at Pontefract Castle at the beginning of September. William Anelay Ltd., one of the country’s oldest construction companies which read more

Wakefield House Builder Secures Major Public Sector Contract

26th August 2015 Britcon has secured a £2m design and build contract to transform the site of a former derelict pub into council homes.   The Wakefield based office of Britcon won the contract via tender process through read more

Ice Supplier J Marr Group Goes Green with Major Investment

26th August 2015 ICE supplier and temperature-controlled storage firm J Marr Group has created 38 jobs with the help of a grant as part of a major green investment. Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership granted the firm read more

Skills Service Helps to Deliver the Whole Package

25th August 2015 Wakefield businesses have continued to be successful when applying for funding to deliver tailored training thanks to the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The LEP skills service can help businesses read more

JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!

25th August 2015 A host of Wakefield’s biggest brands including Marks & Spencers, Debenhams and BHS are looking to recruit 100s of people from across the district. In response to a high level of demand from retailers, Trinity read more

Get Your Grant Before the Funding Runs Out

21st August 2015 Almost 5,000 Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) across Yorkshire and the East Riding have now secured vouchers worth over £8m from the Government’s SuperConnected Cities scheme, which received its latest read more

Faye Set for Purple Patch

21st August 2015 Local artist Faye Johnson, Purple Faye, is opening the doors to her new studio in Pontefract. Purple Faye transforms ordinary cardboard and modroc into beautiful 3D acrylic paintings. Creating everything from family read more

Enhancing The End-to-End Journey

21st August 2015 Innovate UK is to invest up to £10 million in collaborative R&D projects to catalyse innovation to improve the efficiency and experience of the end-to-end journey for people and freight.   We are seeking read more

FREE WiFi Launched at Trinity Walk

19th August 2015 Wakefield’s Trinity Walk Shopping Centre has launched a new free WIFI service for shoppers who can now get online on their smartphones, device and laptops quickly and easily while in the centre with just a click of a read more

Open Communications Picks Up Tasty Brief

17th August 2015 Open Communications, the straight talking PR and marketing communications agency, has been appointed by Calbee UK, the first European subsidiary of Calbee Inc, the £1.2bn Japanese savoury snack supplier, to read more

Exports Made Easy With The Great British Store

17th August 2015 GreatBritishStore.com is a unique global platform for British design, innovation and quality. Supported by UK Trade & Investment, GreatBritishStore.com is an easy, entry-level exporting solution for read more

Wakefield Discounter Opens the Doors to TV Cameras!

17th August 2015 One of Yorkshire's most successful entrepreneurs has again allowed TV cameras access behind the scenes at his thriving retail empire with store expansions, million-pound deals with Disney and price wars featuring in read more

£170m to Benefit Businesses in the Leeds City Region

17th August 2015 European funding totalling more than £550m and targeted at local enterprise partnership areas is to be made available to companies across Yorkshire and the Humber in a shift to more localised spending as the read more

Yorkshire Lads Launch County Themed Clothing Website

13th August 2015 Two young, Yorkshire entrepreneurs with a passion for the county have launched a new e-commerce business that offers 100’s of original t-shirts and merchandise products, all with a Yorkshire theme. Kristian read more

Government announces 3 million UK premises can now surf superfast as a result of its roll-out

12th August 2015 Superfast West Yorkshire has now completed the first phase of its rollout to bring fibre broadband to 97 per cent of West Yorkshire. Since the roll-out begin in January 2014 the partnership has made the new technology read more

£2,000 available to help take on an apprentice

12th August 2015 Small and medium-sized businesses in West Yorkshire and York can now benefit from a grant of up to £2,000 to help take on an apprentice and grow their business. The LEP’s Apprenticeship Grant for Employers read more

Optalysys could shape the future of computing technology thanks to LEP grant

6th August 2015 A £68,000 grant from The LEP has been instrumental in the creation of a revolutionary prototype being developed by optical technology business, Optalysys.  Pioneering research The money has allowed read more

Bonmarché Continues to Move Forward

5th August 2015 Bonmarché, the Wakefield based women’s clothing retailer, continues to show solid financial results as quarter two concludes. For the quarter ending 27th June 2015, the retailer’s sales read more

Urgent Bridge Works Awarded To Route One

4th August 2015 Ensuring connections between North and South Devon are secure is Route One Highways as it is awarded a £235 thousand contract from South West Highways to repair Devon’s largest bridge. The 40 year old Teign read more

Yorkshire gets share of £123m BGF fund

4th August 2015 The Business Growth Fund has marked a milestone with its 20th investment in Northern businesses, as it reaches the £30m mark in its investment in Yorkshire. A Leeds office-led deal in precision firm Altec Engineering read more

Expansion Move for Clifton Quality Meats

3rd August 2015 A wholesale catering butcher, with outlets in West Yorkshire and Lancashire, is set for expansion after investing in new premises to accommodate business growth in the North of England, with support from Yorkshire read more

Ferrybridge Multifuel 1 becomes fully operational

31st July 2015 The Ferrybridge Multifuel 1 (FM1) project has successfully completed its commissioning phase and has now entered full commercial operation. FM1, a 50:50 joint venture project between SSE and Wheelabrator read more

Confidence and Performance on the Rise in the Leeds City Region

29th July 2015 An independent survey of over 3,000 companies in Leeds City Region confirms business confidence is on the rise with employment, investment and business growth all increasing. The survey, conducted on behalf of the LEP, read more

Cyber Security: Apply now for Business Funding

29th July 2015 Innovate UK is offering businesses Cyber Security Innovation Vouchers worth up to £5,000. They can use these vouchers to pay for an external expert to give them advice on protecting their business against cyber read more

Route One Highways Secure £1m Contract to Fill in the Gaps

28th July 2015 West Yorkshire structures and road maintenance company win a million pound contract to replace expansion joints on the M42 as part of a major re-surfacing works programme. Featherstone headquartered Route One read more

Pioneering IT Traineeships for Young People Launched in Wakefield

28th July 2015 Young people across Wakefield have the opportunity to step up to the plate for a career in the lucrative IT sector thanks to Baltic Training Services, the company which recently launched the UK’s first IT read more

55m Projects and Progammes Confirmed Through LEP Deal

27th July 2015 West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) confirmed that £55m has been approved for projects and programmes agreed as part of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP’s) Growth Deal with read more

Boston Healthcare Set for Brand Growth

23rd July 2015 Wakefield based Boston Healthcare, is planning to boost its impact on the Over the counter (OTC) market after launching new products with the support of a major television advertising campaign. The firm’s growth read more

Over 700 Staff to Benefit from LEP Skills Service £250,000

22nd July 2015 Over 100 employers in the Leeds City Region will be able to upskill 700 staff following a major investment from the LEP. The £250,000 which will be made available to employers in the region will be delivered by the read more

Your Chance To Win An Ipad With Superfast West Yorkshire!

22nd July 2015 If you're a small or medium sized business based in West Yorkshire here is a great opportunity to have your say on the future of Superfast West Yorkshire business support in the region by completing the following survey read more

Wakefield Joins ‘Healthy High Streets’ Programme

17th July 2015 Wakefield Council and Wakefield City Centre Partnership have been selected to take part in the national ‘Healthy High Streets’ programme which aims to create jobs, reduce empty shops and read more

Coca Cola Tour Launches Wakefield Manufacturing Forum Website

17th July 2015 Wakefield Manufacturing Forum held a successful launch event for its new website at Coca-Cola Enterprises on Wednesday 1st July. The forum, which exhibited at the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce MY Business read more

Harvard Bolster Management Team

16th July 2015 Normanton-based Harvard Engineering has announced the appointment of Paul Hussey as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Hussey joins Harvard from Strix Ltd, where he led the private equity backed read more

LEP Outlines An International Vision

15th July 2015 Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) now has a dedicated team to focus on international investment and the coordination of trade support across the city region. The former members of Leeds and Partners inward read more

Poundworld to Create 4,400 Jobs

9th July 2015 Wakefield-based value retailer Poundworld has announced the creation of up to 400 new jobs in Wakefield and a further 4,000 throughout the country with a new Wakefield warehouse development. A 524,000 sq ft read more

Planet Platforms Gives Yorkshire Rows a Step-Up

9th July 2015 Wakefield manufacturer, Planet Platforms, has supplied the Yorkshire Rows crew with a set of purpose built steps to help visitors view “Rose” their boat. The team of four mums are taking part in the Talisker read more

Hello, Hello, Hello, Xamax Shows Support for Wakefield Central NPT

8th July 2015 Xamax, the work wear and sports clothing specialist, has shown its support for Wakefield Central Neighbourhood Policing Team by supplying hi vis vests for an educational activity which allowed pupils from Flanshaw Junior read more

Wakefield Warehouse Prepares for Poundworld Expansion

7th July 2015 Development is underway at a new distribution centre for Wakefield based Poundworld.  The development worth £39.4m has a targeted completion date of Autumn 2016. Mark Ward, property director at read more

Economic Development Team Triumph

3rd July 2015 Wakefield Council’s Economic Development team are celebrating after picking up two awards during the first round of the Council’s annual pride award campaign. The awards celebrate the hard work and read more

Could Your Business Save Money on Electricity?

2nd July 2015 Check if your business could save by using more electricity outside peak periods. The way electricity suppliers buy energy and pay to transport it to some business consumers is changing. This creates new opportunities read more

Busy-ness Week

1st July 2015 The third Wakefield Business Week has been hailed as a roaring success with over 900 businesses and entrepreneurs participating across the week.  Truly a Busy Business Week!! Delivered in partnership between read more

New £40 Million Loan Fund Opens to Support Small Firms' Growth

1st July 2015 The Enterprise Ventures' SME Loan Fund was launched in June 2015 and provides loans to established and growing SMEs in all sectors and across all areas of the UK, with a particular focus in the North West, Yorkshire and read more

Thousands More to Get Superfast Broadband

1st July 2015 A new multi million pound contract between West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and BT has been signed to make superfast fibre broadband available to tens of thousands more households and businesses across West read more

Wakefield College Art Festival

24th June 2015 Running alongside the action packed Wakefield Business Week 2015, Wakefield College Art Festival will provide a fantastic opportunity to view some excellent student artwork as you head towards events! Running till read more

Card Factory Directors to Sell Shares

23rd June 2015 Wakefield-based Card Factory has announced its directors are to sell £26.6M-worth of shares in a time-limited fundraising offer. The card retailer is now valued at £1.2bn after seeing strong growth in read more

Haribo Delivers A Sweet Surprise as Sales Soar

22nd June 2015 Pontefract Based Haribo has pushed sales The business behind one of the UK's most popular brands of sweets has pushed sales up close to £160m. Dunhills (Pontefract), which makes the Haribo and Maoam brands, read more

Wakefield Works On Tour 2015

16th June 2015 Wakefield Works, the campaign to boost the employability and skills of local, young people aged between 16 and 25, is back with a brand new four day tour of the district, which kick-starts on Monday 15th June. Working in read more

Wakefield Apprenticeship Hub helps 250th Apprentice.

9th June 2015 Timmy Gauntlett is a happy man after securing an apprenticeship with local firm CDA, based in Beancroft Road, Castleford. Timmy is the 250th apprentice placed by the Wakefield Apprenticeship Hub, run by Wakefield read more

Artwalk Showcases National Print Exchange

26th May 2015 The Art House will play host to a national touring exhibition of creative prints. The annual 20:20 Print Exchange Exhibition visits Wakefield later this month (27th) to coincide with May’s Artwalk. Work from 20 of read more

VIPs Gather for IndiaCoco Opening at Trinity Walk

21st May 2015 The new IndiaCoco shop at Trinity Walk Shopping Centre officially opened on Thursday 14th May 2015 with a very special VIP event. The event, which coincided with the company’s third anniversary, was a huge success read more

Group Rhodes Ranked in Sunday Times SME Export Track 100

20th May 2015 Wakefield based engineering Company, Group Rhodes, was ranked 29 in the Sunday Times top 100 SME exporters in the UK. It was 1 of only 8 companies in Yorkshire to be listed in the prestigious league of top performing private read more

Success at Show Brings in Jobs

19th May 2015 Totali Timber Solutions, based in South Kirkby, Pontefract, are recruiting for new team members following great success at the Homebuilding and Renovating Show at the NEC Birmingham, in March 2015. Totali Timber read more

Calling Barbers, Bakers & Model Makers

12th May 2015 The Old Library on Drury Lane is preparing to reopen as part of The Art House following a £3m restoration project and transformation into creative studios– but space is not just for traditional artists, read more

Primark Completes Expansion In The Ridings

8th May 2015 Value fashion powerhouse Primark opened the doors to its newly extended 29,075 sq. ft. (retail) store within The Ridings Shopping Centre yesterday, Wednesday 6th May. It follows a deal secured with owner Moorfield Real read more

IndiaCoco Set for Trinity Walk Move

5th May 2015 IndiaCoco, Wakefield’s independent childrenswear retailer, is marking its third birthday with a move to a brand new store in the Trinity Walk Shopping Centre. The existing Wood Street shop will close on Saturday read more

Could You Provide Mobile Marketing for Two Great Business Events?

1st May 2015 Wakefield Business Support Programme will be holding two events large this year, one on the 14th May at Rogerthorpe Manor, Badsworth on the theme of Business Growth and Wakefield Business Week on 22nd- 26 read more

Optalysys Technology Ready to 'Turbo Charge' Processors

30th April 2015 Hemsworth based optical processing business Optalysys Ltd, has announced that they have successfully developed a demonstrable prototype that can process mathematical functions optically in a scaleable, lensless read more

Premier Technical Services Group gets First Class Sales Results

28th April 2015 Castleford-headquartered Premier Technical Services has posted a 30% rise in sales in the first figures released since floating on the London Stock Exchange. The company which is now weighing up a potential read more

Getting Kids Coding!

23rd April 2015 A campaign to put an after-school Code Club in every single primary school across the Wakefield District is appealing to local schools and potential volunteers to get involved and find out more at a special event taking place read more

Increased Figures As Visitors Come for Moore

23rd April 2015 Winner of the 2014 Art Fund Prize for Museum of the year, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) welcomed more than 400,000 visitors last year, a record number since it opened 37 years ago. Over 500 acres of historic parkland and read more

Pinhole Wizard at the Art House

23rd April 2015 Wakefield district’s very own Pinhole Wizard and local photographer Bob Clayden, will be helping adults and families to create and use a pinhole camera as part of Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day on Sunday 26th read more

Finance Yorkshire Ready to Boost Boost Business Growth

23rd April 2015 Finance Yorkshire has announced today that its successful investment fund will reach even more growing businesses, thanks to further support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and match funders. To read more

Poundworld Adds Value

22nd April 2015 Normanton based discount retailer Poundworld has entered the online e-commerce market with its brand new, 'Poundworld Plus.'  Poundworld has become the first family-run discount store to sell its products read more

Key Celebrations!

17th April 2015 Key Security Ltd has now settled into their bespoke Head Office and Control Room Suite in Ossett after an eventful few months during renovation. Managing Director Kieran Montgomery invited their staff, friends, valued read more

Arriva Sapphire Sparkles In Yorkshire!

16th April 2015 Local bus company Arriva Yorkshire is pleased to announce the launch of Yorkshire’s first ever Sapphire service. These 17 new premium Sapphire buses sparkled into service on the 110 route today, as part of a read more

Civic Quarter Benefits from Academic Expertise

10th April 2015 Two academics from Leeds Beckett University are providing support in the development of an Urban Design Framework for Wakefield’s historic civic quarter. The proposed transformation of the city’s read more

Small Business Sunday Win for Pebble Grey

8th April 2015 Pebble Grey, a local bathroom accessories company with an innovative twist, were the lucky winners of Theo Paphitis’ #SBS (Small Business Sunday). Picked by the Dragon himself, their carefully crafted tweet was read more

Could You Support Business Growth?

7th April 2015 To celebrate and encourage the growth and success of SMEs in the region, the Wakefield Business Support Programme is delivering a series of four Seminars in one day on the theme of Business Growth. The workshops will be read more

Peter Duffy Ltd Joins List of 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain

1st April 2015 Wakefield based company Peter Duffy Limited is delighted to announce that it has been included in the London Stock Exchange’s 2015 report, 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain. The 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain read more

Shortlist Success for the Ridings

27th March 2015 The Ridings Shopping Centre based in Wakefield has been shortlisted for a BCSC Opal Award for its Grand Boot Bazaar initiative. The Opal Awards are the only UK award programme to recognise and reward commercialisation within read more

Marylebone Town Hall Gets A Touch of Cas!

25th March 2015 Marylebone Town Hall the venue renowned for hosting the weddings of the stars has collaborated with Castleford based CSD Print as it undergoes a £60m refurbishment. The town hall is now the home of 156 full colour read more

Card Factory Gifted A Record Breaking Year

25th March 2015 Wakefield headquartered Card Factory has posted record results, continuing  to be a leader in the greeting card industry. Revenues topped £353.3m a rise of 8.1% up to the end of January 2015.  Like for read more

Leeds City Region Launch Additional £340m Funding For Businesses

25th March 2015 Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership has launched its European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) programme, providing £340m to invest in projects that will support business growth and create jobs in the read more

Job Opportunity with Wakefield Bondholders

25th March 2015 Wakefield’s Bondholders Scheme is a private sector led group supported by Wakefield Council that generates funding to invest in marketing the Wakefield district to a national and international audience. As read more

Unity Works Could Secure £25,000 Thanks To Enterprise Awards

23rd March 2015 Unity Works, the recently refurbished creative venue at the heart of Wakefield for individuals and businesses, is celebrating after finding out that it has been shortlisted for a national award that could see it secure read more

Funding available to businesses to provide a One Page Website

23rd March 2015 Through the Wakefield Business Support Programme, RCP21 are seeking suppliers to provide a one page website for Small to Medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that currently do not have a website or have a low quality online read more

Tour De Yorkshire

23rd March 2015 Tour De Yorkshire! How local Businesses and Organisations can get involved! The Tour de Yorkshire is set to be one of the biggest international cycle races in Europe in 2015. As with the Grand Départ of the Tour read more

Budget 2015: A Brief Summary of the Key Facts

19th March 2015 On 18 March 2015, Chancellor George Osborne revealed his 2015 Budget.  See how it could affect your business and the district below: Economy • GDP growth forecast to be 2.5% this year and 2.3% next year and read more

Xamax Make Third ‘Grand’ Gesture To Syria

18th March 2015 Xamax, the Wakefield based branded work wear and sports clothing specialist, has supported UK registered charity SKT Welfare for the third time with a £3,000 donation of children’s clothing, bringing their read more

Big Social Media Show - A Big Sucess

17th March 2015 Over 200 small businesses and SMEs from across Yorkshire joined Superfast West Yorkshire and Microsoft at the ‘Big Social Media Show’ on Monday 9th March. The event saw digital skills specialists and read more

Central Wakefield Boosted to Superfast Speeds

17th March 2015 Home and businesses in central Wakefield can now benefit from superfast speeds thanks to Superfast West Yorkshire. Ten new fibre cabinets have been installed in the Yorkshire city, enabling more than 1,000 homes and read more

YESSS Electrical Turns On New Site

16th March 2015 YESSS Electrical has created another six jobs in the district following the opening of its 86th branch.  Its new store on Ings Road with a 5,820 sq ft space is now its 14th new branch within Yorkshire and is conveniently read more

Switalskis Set for Expansion with Yorkshire Bank Backing

13th March 2015 Switalskis Solicitors a law firm founded in Wakefield with offices across Yorkshire is seeking to expand with the possibility of acquisitions with the support of Yorkshire Bank. The solicitors which read more

The LEP’s 1,000 Apprenticeship Starts Success

13th March 2015 The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has seen over 1,000 young aged 16 to 24 have started an apprenticeship as a direct result of the LEP Apprenticeship Programme in the City Region.   Roger Marsh, read more

The Wakefield Wallpaper

12th March 2015 If you are interested in becoming part of Wakefield's story by featuring on the Wakefield Wallpaper contact: onaroll@wakefieldbondholders.com   read more

MIPIM Puts Wakefield On the Map

11th March 2015 MIPIM 2015 will see Leeds City Region unveil six key "investment-ready" opportunities, including sites in Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, Wakefield and York. The sites have an estimated total value of read more

Power Station Plans Given Green Light

11th March 2015 The Department for Energy and Climate Change has given consent for the development of the Knottingley Power Project, providing 1000 construction jobs and 50 permanent jobs on completion The former Oxiris Chemical read more

Council and Private Sector Work Together to Boost Economy

10th March 2015 Wakefield’s economy has grown significantly with a boost to local jobs and reduction in unemployment according to a new report, published today. As a part of the annual report from Wakefield first – a public read more

Roadshow Opens on National Apprenticeship Week

9th March 2015 Wakefield Council is inviting people to come along to the first ever Apprenticeship Hub Roadshow to find out more about apprenticeship opportunities across the district. During National Apprenticeship Week from 9-13 read more

Wakefield SMEs UK Trade Show Support Offer

9th March 2015 The Wakefield Business Support Programme is offering Wakefield District SMEs support towards the costs of attending a UK trade show. Trade events and exhibitions are extremely valuable because they allow read more

Get Involved In National Apprenticeship Week

4th March 2015 National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 2015 is taking place from 9-13 March. The Week will celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy. There are various read more

Inspiration Ensures Library Is No Longer A Closed Book

3rd March 2015 The historical architecture of Wakefield’s Drury Lane library and the social history of the area have formed the inspiration behind a series of limited edition engraved decorative wall pieces, created by nationally read more

Xamax Help Bring Back Mystery Dramas In The City

3rd March 2015 Xamax, the work wear and sports clothing specialist, has shown its support for Theatre Royal Wakefield in their bid to secure further funding from Arts Council England, to showcase a major production of The Wakefield read more

New Picnic and Play Area to be Built in Pontefract

3rd March 2015 Wakefield Council is about to start work on a new play area designed and installed by Upton based Sutcliffe Play. Work starts on the £60,000 play area at Friarwood Valley Gardens in March and will create a natural read more

Guide Dot You Brings Change with Wakefield Business Support Programme

3rd March 2015 After a long Civil Service career, Phil Parramore wanted to use his skills and experience to move in a new direction. Helped by Jobcentre Plus, Phil was able to identify a potential route into self-employment and, read more

Work Due to Start on New West Yorkshire Archive

27th February 2015 Construction will soon commence on a multi-million pound archive building in Wakefield, which will become the new home of regional, national and international historical records. Kirkgate will host The £6.4m read more

Five Reasons to Take On a Trainee

26th February 2015 Introduced in 2013, traineeships are helping thousands of young people across England to become work-ready. Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service, outlines the role that small businesses in read more

McCarthy’s Secure Space in Wakefield

23rd February 2015 The centre of Wakefield will soon welcome a new £2m self-storage centre.  McCarthy's Removals and Storage has chosen Wakefield for its largest ever centre. The McCarthy's Storage World Wakefield read more

Sales Sucess For Xamax

16th February 2015 Xamax, the Wakefield based branded work wear and sports clothing specialist, has announced its strongest monthly figures to date, increasing its turnover by 60% in December 2014. With comparable sales of read more

Ridings Car Boot Initivative To Become Permanent Fixture

16th February 2015 The Ridings Shopping Centre will be continuing with their Grand Boot Bazaar initiative in 2015 – a unique concept that was introduced last year to increase footfall and drive custom and sales. The move to read more

Trinity Walk Reports Record Winter

16th February 2015 Footfall at Wakefield’s Trinity Walk Shopping Centre reached record levels in the run up to Christmas 2014, bucking falling national footfall trends. At the same time, retailers at the shopping centre reported read more

£10m Secured for Business Investment from Regional Growth Fund

13th February 2015 The sixth round of the Regional Growth Fund has secured £10 million of funding through Finance Yorkshire for investment into business across Yorkshire and the Humber. The full investment of £90m supported read more

Future plans for your towns and open spaces & Community Infrastructure Levy: – Have your say!

13th February 2015 Wakefield Council would like to hear your views on the charges proposed on new residential, retail warehouses and large supermarket developments, to be paid by developers and landowners. The money raised would help pay for read more

Harvard Engineering Expands to New Site

13th February 2015 Harvard Engineering is due to bring hundreds of new jobs when it moves to its new 83,000 sq ft site in Normanton. Additional investment will bring the development of further accommodation for businesses with the read more

Trade Show Support Offer - Sign and Digital UK

13th February 2015 Opportunity for Wakefield SMEs to exhibit at the UK’s top Sign and Digital Event! Would you like to attend this fantastic show and showcase yourself to a national and international audience? We are looking for read more

Internet Windfall for Wakefield Businesses as Superconnected Scheme Expanded

12th February 2015 Around 8,000 small businesses in Wakefield have become eligible for a grant of up to £3,000 to help them boost their internet connectivity, after the extension of the government-funded Superconnected Cities scheme read more

Ossett Trading Estate Now Fully Occupied

11th February 2015 St Modwen a regeneration specialist has now completed a ten year lease with Dale Hardware at the Sandbeds Trading Estate in Ossett. Ossett based Dale Hardware already occupies a 22,000 sq ft site.  It will now occupy read more

UKCES Futures Programme Launches Fourth Competition: Skills for Innovation in Manufacturing

5th February 2015 The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) is inviting new and ground breaking proposals to boost the skills and business practices needed to maximise the value of UK innovation. The competition is focused on the read more

£17.5 million Boost to Skills in Leeds City Region

5th February 2015 A Funding supplement of £17.5 million has been secured from the Government, by Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for the Employer Ownership of Skills Pilot (EOP). SMEs will be eligible for read more

Google Juice Delivers Fruitful Outcome for Business

3rd February 2015 Wakefield’s Google Juice Bar was a resounding success and saw over 180 people come through the doors of Unity Works to listen and engage with one of the world’s most recognisable brands and their digital read more

Castleford Based Business to Launch on AIM

29th January 2015 Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG) is to launch on AIM next month as it looks to continue its strong growth. The Castleford-based group employs 200 people and provides access and safety services, specialising in read more

Growth Deal Gets Increased Investment

29th January 2015 Leeds City Region has received a welcome £54.6m boost to the £572.9m announced last July, for a range of projects and development across Leeds City Region. Roger Marsh, chairman of the Leeds City Region read more

New Centre Manager for The Ridings

28th January 2015 The Ridings Shopping Centre in Wakefield has appointed Eileen Holroyd as its new Centre Manager. Eileen, who was previously Centre Co-ordinator, has worked at The Ridings for more than 30 years having joined the read more

European Funding Available for the Development of Video Games

27th January 2015 The 2015 Call to support the Development of European Video Games under the MEDIA sub-programme of Creative Europe is now open. The objective of the Call is to increase the capacity of European video game producers to read more

Xamax Promotions Mark Start Of Ambitious Year Ahead

26th January 2015 Local personalised clothing manufacturer, Xamax, has started the New Year with the announcement that two key members of staff have been promoted to senior positions within the company in support of its ongoing strategy to read more

Wakefield Business Support Programme Offer of Trade Show Support

26th January 2015   The Wakefield Business Support Programme is offering Wakefield SMEs can demonstrate potential for growth in Wakefield the amazing opportunity to exhibit at the International Food & Drink Event 2015 (IFE read more

Card Factory continues to Build on Success

22nd January 2015 The Wakefield based leading specialist retailer of greetings cards, gift dressings and associated gift and party products continues to report growth in both revenue and the opening of new stores. As of 31 December 2014, read more

Golden Triangle Get Boost From Wakefield Business Support Programme

20th January 2015 Identifying a gap in the market local entrepreneurs Daniel Crosland and Stephen Dobbins used their experience in the property industry to start Golden Triangle Property Services, the first company in the Wakefield read more

Print Charity to Help Plug Skills Gap

19th January 2015 The Printing Charity is looking to plug a skills gap for 16-30 years old in a rapidly changing industry where many workers are heading towards retirement. Applicants are now being sought for Print Futures, a programme to read more

Wakefield Company Celebrates 40 Years In Business!

15th January 2015 This year Copiserv, a Wakefield based business who supply award winning photocopiers, printers & print management software to businesses across the Yorkshire area, are celebrating their read more

Bonmarché Experience Growth in Sales

15th January 2015 Wakefield based Women’s clothing retailer Bonmarché has seen a significant increase in like for like sales up till the week ending December 27 2014.  Sales increased by 3.8% for the 13 weeks, bringing the read more

New Digital Innovation Competition Offers £30,000 for Innovative UK Business Ideas

15th January 2015 The BT Infinity Labs SME Award: Digital Innovation in the Public Sector Competition is intended to enable businesses to share ideas about how to do things differently through imaginative digital products and services. This read more

Pugneys Provides Great New Business Opportunity in Wakefield!

14th January 2015 We’re transforming Pugneys Country Park - If your business has something to offer, could you be a part of it? Pugneys Country Park is a 250 acre site located near junction 39 of the M1.  Previously an open cast read more

Young People and Businesses Given Headstart To Future Success

13th January 2015 Groundwork Wakefield is helping the district’s young people into jobs and providing businesses with free support to recruit local talent.   The Headstart scheme led by Groundwork Wakefield in partnership read more

Top Tips for Trade in Germany

9th January 2015 In November 2014 the Wakefield Business Support Programme led an introductory trade mission to Berlin, helping a number of local businesses understand how to enter and manage the German market. The trip was a great success read more

Recycling Firm Boosted by Increase in Finance

8th January 2015 Castleford based plastics recycling company, REGAIN Polymers, has had a new year boost of £2.5 million in equity from its owner Chamonix Private Equity which has secured £2.5m of new equity finance from its read more

Local Energy for Local Business

7th January 2015 The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (the LEP) along with its partner local authorities have moved a step closer to realising their ambition of supplying low cost heat to businesses and residents across the read more

Resolve to Learn Something New in 2015

5th January 2015 Start your year off by expanding your business skills with your local Chamber. The Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce is holding a range of training events in January and February to make sure you are clued up on topics from read more

Season's Greetings from Wakefield first!

22nd December 2014 2014 was another busy year for business in Wakefield and we want to take this opportunity to wish you season’s greetings and to highlight some of what has been delivered this year. In January the ‘State of the read more

Blacker Hall Farm Shop On a Roll

19th December 2014 In its fifteenth year of existence the family run Blacker Hall Farm Shop has again been recognised as a leader in the food and farm business after receiving the retailer of the year award at the Farm Business Food and Farming read more

Beaumont Legal Staff Raise More Than £6,000 For Charity

18th December 2014 Staff from Wakefield-based law firm Beaumont Legal are celebrating this Christmas after raising more than £6,000 for charity in 2014. Throughout the year the 150-strong law firm raised money for good causes that read more

District to Benefit from £1.4bn Regional Transport Improvements

17th December 2014 The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has agreed a £1.4bn programme of transport improvements for West Yorkshire and York, with the potential to create an extra 20,000 jobs.  More than 30 projects are read more

Innovate UK Announces Business Models Competition for 2015

15th December 2014 Innovate UK are looking to invest in projects that explore commercial models for a circular economy of goods in which resources are kept in productive use for longer following primary production - ideally at the same read more

The Car People Report Revenue Rise as Confidence Grows

12th December 2014 Wakefield-based chain of car showrooms, The Car People, continues to reach new heights as its turnover soared to £153.8m in the year to April.  This represents a real increase from the read more

Superfast Boost for Leeds City Region Small Businesses

11th December 2014 Small and medium sized businesses in the Leeds City Region will benefit from further digital skills support as an additional £100,000 is secured by the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Superfast read more

Beaumont Legal Rounds Out “Most Successful Year” With Further Awards Accolade

11th December 2014 Yorkshire’s largest residential conveyancing firm - Beaumont Legal - is celebrating its most successful year after clinching a Bronze Award for its conveyancing services at the Estate Agency of the Year awards, in read more

Energy Entrepreneurs Fund Enters Fourth Phase

11th December 2014 The fourth phase of the Energy Entrepreneurs Fund scheme has now opened to applications with an additional £5 million now available for projects up to 31 March 2016.  Up to £2.5 million of this will be read more

Deadline Extended For Budding Movie Makers

10th December 2014 Budding movie makers throughout West Yorkshire still have time to submit their three minute master pieces to the MCard film competition as the deadline has been extended to Sunday 11 January. Amateur film producers and read more

Lift Off For Aviator’s Treehouse

8th December 2014 It’s not every day that an architect is asked to design a building that creates the impression of actually flying in an aircraft, but that is the essence of the latest commission delivered by Wakefield firm, The Harris read more

Roman Marches Back Into Trinity Walk

4th December 2014 Trinity Walk Shopping Centre in the heart of Wakefield city centre has welcomed back family-owned womenswear retailer Roman. Roman originally moved into the centre’s Teall Way in 2013 as a temporary retailer, read more

Berlin Familiarisation Mission Hailed a Success!

4th December 2014 A successful trade mission to Berlin led by the Wakefield Business Support Programme with support from UK Trade & Industry (UKTI) helped to build contacts between local businesses and European enterprises forging read more

Wakefield Westgate is Europe's Greenest Station

4th December 2014 As Wakefield Westgate station nears its first birthday, Wakefield once again leads the way in innovation as it is recognised as Europe’s greenest station building.  Already awarded with a BREEAM Excellent read more

Innovation Hub the Result of Exciting New Partnership

4th December 2014 A new and exciting partnership between Wakefield Council and Leeds Beckett University has created the new Enterprise and Innovation Hub, the first of its kind in the city, and with the aim to widen and create opportunities for read more

Card Factory Welcomes the Head of Marketing at Twitter to its Board

1st December 2014 CARD Factory has welcomed the head of content marketing at Twitter to its board. Paul McCrudden has joined the Wakefield-founded business as an independent non-executive director. He is currently EMEA head of content read more

Harvard launches LED Solutions

1st December 2014 Harvard, the leading designer, developer and manufacturer of energy saving lighting solutions, has launched its new LED Solutions brand at Lux Live 2014. LED Solutions combines Harvard’s industry leading LED read more

The Art Of Gifting This Christmas

28th November 2014 Up-and-coming designer-makers from across Wakefield will be showcasing a selection of original art and distinctive Christmas gifts at the launch of Show.Now - a unique exhibition taking place at Unity Works on Saturday read more

Yorkshire Growth Survey

26th November 2014 This year Insider is launching our first-ever Yorkshire Growth Survey in the hope of measuring the confidence of the region's businesses - and we want your views. Did your business grow last year? Are you confident of read more

From Handmade To Hand-Baked – Created In Yorkshire Expand Offering

24th November 2014 Created in Yorkshire, the co-operative craft store based at The Ridings Shopping Centre in Wakefield has expanded its offering to include hand-baked breads by welcoming local bakehouse Time Bakery. Adding another read more

Book Your Place in Wakefield's History

21st November 2014 A team of librarians, who clocked-up 91 years working at the old Drury Lane Library, have kick-started a fundraising drive to support the refurbishment of the Grade II Listed building. The campaign will see supporters set read more

Beaumont Legal Celebrates National Award Win

21st November 2014 Beaumont Legal, Yorkshire’s largest residential conveyancing firm, has received a national award for the quality of its work and commitment to staff training. The firm scooped the ‘Best Conveyancing read more

Local Wakefield Company Supports Charity

21st November 2014 Copiserv Helping To Raise Funds For Wakefield Hospice This year Copiserv are really getting into the 'Season of Goodwill'. As part of our ongoing support to Wakefield Hospice we are delighted to announce read more

Open Clean Up With Astonish(ing) Account Win

20th November 2014 Open Communications, the straight talking PR agency based in Wakefield, has added a further client to its extensive portfolio following its appointment as preferred lead PR and marketing communications agency to support read more

Lord Chancellor Rewards Graduates At Beaumont Legal

20th November 2014 Beaumont Legal, one of the fastest growing law practices in the UK and largest residential conveyancing firm in Yorkshire, has welcomed the support of Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor, who read more

Harvard Breaks Ground of New Facility

13th November 2014 Harvard Engineering, world leader in the design, development and manufacture of energy saving lighting solutions, is pleased to announce that construction work has started on its new 80,000 sq ft custom built read more

Graduate Showcase Joins The Artwalk

13th November 2014 A trio of fine art graduates, who are taking part in a much-sought after residency at The Art House, will showcase works inspired and influenced by their month-long stay in the city during the November Artwalk. The work of read more

Beaumont Legal Promotes New Crop of Solicitors

12th November 2014 Yorkshire-based Beaumont Legal, one of the fastest growing law practices in the UK, has rewarded four existing employees with a coveted training contract, as the firm looks to establish itself as the sector’s leading read more

Chamber supports Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014

10th November 2014 The Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce is supporting Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 17th – 23rd November. Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship. read more

Talent Show Stars To Light Up the Ridings

10th November 2014 Stars from two of our top talent shows, The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, will help The Ridings Shopping Centre to start the countdown to the festive season by officially switching on their Christmas read more

Xamax Supports Schools With Launch Of Road Safety Campaign

7th November 2014 A local clothing manufacturer based on Roundwood Industrial Estate in Wakefield has put road safety firmly on the agenda, thanks to a donation of 3,000 hi visibility waistcoats worth £10,000 that the organisation is read more

British Gas Energy Efficiency Fund

6th November 2014 The British Gas Energy Efficiency Fund is designed to help micro-businesses manage their energy costs in the long-term, by providing free expert advice and energy efficiency measures. The fund has been created by read more

New course is backed by local creative industries

29th October 2014 An exciting new course has received the seal of approval from the region’s digital and creative industries. The Level 3 Creative and Digital Industries diploma, to be delivered by Wakefield College, will prepare school read more

Acxiom Put Spotlight on Digital Community

29th October 2014 Acxiom IT, the Normanton based IT Services & data analytics firm recognised for supporting some of the world’s best known brands, is inviting local business leaders to take a tour of their state-of-the-art data read more

Vote the Art House

22nd October 2014 The Art House is appealing for online votes to help secure a £10,000 donation. The Wakefield based visual arts and disability charity has been shortlisted for the Yorkshire Building Society’s Lasting Legacy read more

South Elmsall Town Council Invitation To Tender

21st October 2014 South Elmsall are currently in the process of developing business units on the first floor of the Westfield Centre, Westfield Lane, South Elmsall. Works to include replacement internal doors, replacement read more

Country Music On The Menu At The Ridings’ Fair

20th October 2014 Country and Southern Rock music will be heard at The Ridings Shopping Centre on Sunday 2nd November as the centre has secured Wakefield band Red Dog Country as one of its headline acts for the Craft Market and Music Fair. The read more

Minister Visits Growing High-Tech Company

17th October 2014 Harvard Engineering, world leader in the design, development and manufacture of energy saving lighting products, was delighted to receive a visit from Simon Hughes, Minister of State for Justice and Civil Liberties, on read more

Harris Hits Thirty On High

16th October 2014 Wakefield head quartered commercial design and planning group, The Harris Partnership (Harris) celebrates its 30th anniversary this month with record year-on-year growth The group expects to post turnover of read more

Monarch Airlines Announces Summer ’15 Programme at Leeds Bradford

14th October 2014 Monarch Airlines announces summer ’15 programme and flight schedule from Leeds Bradford Airport – including new routes to Alicante and Naples (Luton, UK –14 October 2014) – Monarch Airlines read more

New Business Finance Product Launched in Wakefield

13th October 2014 Wakefield-based invoice finance expert, Graham Cooper, has launched a new business finance fund with the backing of a UK plc. The new venture, Spot Factoring UK, is aimed at owner-managed businesses seeking to raise read more

Xamax Founder Named One of Britain’s Greats

13th October 2014 Graham Thompson, founder and managing director of Xamax, the personalised clothing and sportswear specialist based in Wakefield, is celebrating after fending off hundreds of nominees to be shortlisted as a finalist in the read more

Chamber QES Shows Slowdown in Recovery and Less Confidence from Businesses

13th October 2014 Chamber QES shows slowdown in recovery and less confidence from businesses Chamber Head of Policy Steven Leigh commented: “The Mid Yorkshire Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) reports that a number of our read more

Hotly-Tipped Band Skinny Living To Perform At The Ridings

8th October 2014 An up and coming band from Wakefield who are set to support Jake Bugg at the Leeds first direct arena will be performing live at The Ridings Shopping Centre’s Craft Market and Music Fair on Sunday 2nd November. Skinny read more

New Chief Executive For The Art House

8th October 2014 The Art House, Wakefield has announced that Stuart Tulloch will become Chief Executive of the organisation in January 2015.  Stuart joins The Art House from his position as Curator, Ikon, Birmingham, bringing read more