'Inspiration and Challenge' Brings New Faces to Bondholder first Friday

10 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 Wakefield businesses passionate about the district they work and live in.

Wakefield Bondholders made their first trip to Hatfeild Hall at Normanton Golf Club to network and hear from two great and inspiring speakers, local businesswoman and Unity Works Sales Manager Cat Yaffe and Tom Fitzsimons inspirational speaker, recovering alcoholic and ultra-runner.

With business cards changing hands and bacon sandwiches disappearing from their plates Adrian Spawforth, Bondholder chair welcomed the audience and ran through the work of the group so far and called for members to provide their logos and facts for the now recognisable brand of the Wakefield Wallpaper.

Craig Heppinstall from Wakefield Council provided an economic update showcasing Wakefield’s continuing strong performance in new business starts, GVA growth and decreasing levels of unemployment. Craig was also able to emphasise the work of the Inward Investment team in securing jobs and growth into the district using the example of Poundworld’s brand new distribution facility.

Cat Yaffe from Unity Works gave an inspirational speech covering her move from digital marketer through to journalist and finally Sales Manager at Unity Works. Cat’s story covered the health issues that could have stopped her career but her passion and positivity helped her to overcome these struggles and make her proud to work and live in Wakefield.

Tom Fitzsimons who led delegates through a life story that started with a difficult upbringing in the midst of the troubles in Belfast to finding his teenage self in Wakefield facing discrimination and the death of his father. After a career in the construction industry which led him to drink away £20,000 and damage his health, family and marriage, Tom found the determination to change through running.  After 6 years of sobriety his own challenge to run across the USA seemed crazy…and probably was! But his determination to do this in just 100 days with only pledges of sobriety, his faith and decent trainers to keep him going, saw him confront his own demons and recognise what he could achieve.  Whilst our delegates had not been through Tom’s experience his commitment to find direction in his life, overcome obstacles and see things through had resonance for everyone in the room.

With a return to Hatfeild Hall for the next first Friday on 2nd October the bondholders will be looking to bring more inspirational speakers and premier networking  for anyone passionate about our district.

Watch this space for full details in the coming weeks….