Wakefield Council support Small Business Saturday

28 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 develop.

Small businesses make up a huge proportion of the local economy. The Wakefield district has the fourth largest economy in the Leeds city region, worth over £6.5 billion and 87.5% of the businesses have less than 10 employees.

Cllr Denise Jeffery. Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration at Wakefield Council, said: “Our new economic strategy recognises the vital role that many small businesses play in creating new jobs and opportunities which supports our district’s economy.

“For this reason we are fully behind Small Business Saturday, as we want to encourage new businesses and entrepreneurs to come to our district and thrive and prosper.  We will give them all the support they need to help take them to the next stage of their development.”

One of the people the Council has supported is Tom Martin, Managing Director of Eric Richmond, Meat and Pie Company, who took over the business just over four years ago.

He initially sought advice and guidance from the Council, on the layout of his new production premises, to ensure they were compliant with Environmental Health Standards. Then, afterwards he tapped into other areas of expertise to support his business.

Tom said: “The help I received from the Council has made a significant difference to me.  It helped me with grant support for new equipment, to take on new staff and to boost production.

“I’ve also benefited from strategic support through the Manufacturing Growth Programme, to plan for five years of growth. This helped to increase my turn over and profits by 50 percent in 4 years.

The Council’s Wakefield First Team helps people to get support on issues such as tax, exporting and writing a business plan.

Support for entrepreneurs is also available through our AD:VENTURE programme, which provides expert help and advice in the first three years of trading, as well as helping people planning to start a business.