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

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 districts reputation as a rising star of the northern region, thriving businesses and commercial hub will take a further boost with its 5th annual business week organised by www.wakefieldfirst.com

Running from 01 – 05 October, the week launches at Unity Hall Wakefield at 08:45 with a presentation focusing on the Economic Strategy moving into a Q & A Panel with key figures in Yorkshire including Councilor Peter Box CBE - Merran McRae CEO Wakefield Council - Margaret Wood MBE founder of ICW (UK) Ltd to design and manufacture specialist industrial and commercial sight and access solutions - Mark Ridgway OBE DL Chairman and CEO of Group Rhodes, a Wakefield headquartered engineering group.  Tom Stannard Corporate Director, Wakefield Council - Roger Marsh OBE Chair of The Leeds City Region and Tom Marley CEO the car buying group, as the panels compere.

Entrepreneurs and organisations from the city are coming together to showcase exactly what the district has to offer when they champion the ambition and potential that the area holds, while sharing in the successes of the world leading organisations who have chosen the city as their preferred place to do business.

The week will hi-light sectors such as, Creative and Digital on the Tuesday 2nd October with High Profile, interactive events at Wakefield’s famous Hepworth Gallery presented by the Internet Giant Google at the UK’s leading open air Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park - presented by Production Park the districts community of studios, businesses and educational facilities, as well as Reflex Arc the collective of award winning and BAFTA nominated developers, working on VR, AR and mobile applications.

Thursday October 4th sees Logistics, Automation and Skills where you’ll no longer feel In The Cold with a tour of NEWCOLD, a worldwide partner in the frozen food supply chain followed by an afternoon bringing together several of our partners and leading skills organisations to discuss and present on Future proofing the districts workforces amidst the introduction of Automation in the Logistics sector.

The Food and drink sector will close a spectacular week including a spotlight on Ossett Brewery an independent brewery specialising in award winning real ales in the heart of West Yorkshire followed by quite simply the only closing party you should attend in 2018, OH YES IT IS! Exit stage left at Wakefield Theatre Royal will round up the Week led by Yorkshires very own Sir Rodney Walker a key figure in Sport, Business and for leading campaigns which have raised over £40 million for a variety of charities and good causes – the evening promises a fun, interactive, musical and Wakefield Gin filled event with a visual round up of the week from Nightingales Gin, Shared Harmonies, Yorkshire Productions & Wakefield Bondholders

Having received critical acclaim for several of its achievements Wakefield is the city of choice for many of the countries global organisations. Manufacturing provides 11.5% of Wakefield’s employment. The logistics sector including Argos, Asda and Next has a turnover of 163M. The district is home to over 8700 active businesses with leading organisations including Coco-Cola Enterprises, Harvard Engineering, Burberry and HARIBO to name just a few.

Wakefield Business Week and the Wakefield Business Conference will bring together those who are passionate about the city and the district within which they work and have chosen to be located.

To book onto the week’s events visit www.wakefieldfirst.com spaces are limited

The week is sponsored by – Sponsored by OE Electrics experts in designing and manufacturing power and data distribution solutions and Aston Barclay experts in Vehicle Remarketing

Events will be held at the following venues across the week

Unity Hall - Wakefield

OE Electrics - Wakefield

The advanced skills innovation centre - Wakefield College

The Hepworth - Wakefield

Yorkshire Sculpture Park - West Bretton

Eitex - Castleford

NewCold - Stanley

Artisan Bakes - Wakefield

Ossett Brewery - Ossett

Theatre Royal - Wakefield

Contact: Kelly Galvin, Business Events Officer: kgalvin@wakefield.gov.uk T: 01924 306320 M: 07717 766018

or Rory Bourke for Wakefield Business conference  rory.bourke@mycci.co.uk