Wakefieldfirst | Latest News Feed http://www.wakefieldfirst.com Latest News from WakefieldFirst Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://www.srcreative.net/ Join us for the first PBLINK networking event in 2018 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/join-us-for-the-first-pblink-networking-event-in-2018-/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/join-us-for-the-first-pblink-networking-event-in-2018-/#comments Fri, 5 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/join-us-for-the-first-pblink-networking-event-in-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 England hosted by the Wakefield Council. This is a great chance to talk about your business plans for New Year and meet other like-minded professionals and the Wakefield Council team that help businesses thrive in the community.

We aim to help you meet new connections, build new relationships, possibly new customers, peer support, potential suppliers, collaborations and partnerships. We will also have two guest speakers – for more details please see below enclosed agenda.

Draft agenda

15.30 Registration
16.00 Welcome from Ewa Jasinska-Davidson, PBLINK representative for the North of England
16.05 The business support available through WMDC and the City Region (The LEP), Pat CoffeyBusiness Development Manager, Wakefield Council
16.30 Top tips to maximise your online visibility through the social media, Jowita Penkala, Managing Director, Uniqua Brand
17.00 Informal networking over a cup of coffee and scones
18.00 Finish

The venue is situated opposite the Wakefield Westgate train station and there is also a multi-storey car parking available. Book your place now and give yourself the opportunity to expand your business network in a relaxed, professional setting.

Free for members – just log in via membership panel. Small fee for non-members (first 10 tickets free to non-members). Tea/coffee and scones included in the price.


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Backstage Academy goes on tour! http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/backstage-academy-goes-on-tour/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/backstage-academy-goes-on-tour/#comments Thu, 4 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/backstage-academy-goes-on-tour/ 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 Backstage Academy roadshow round England and Wales to shine a light on the industry.

Having started selling t-shirts for the Manic Street Preachers he has been on the road with bands and acts including The Thrills, Ronnie Wood, Ginger Baker, Hard-Fi, The Kooks, Magic Numbers, Amy MacDonald and Gareth Gates.  He knows how tough it can be but also how rewarding and how much fun it is.

Now MD of Backstage Academy, the UK’s leading live events university centre based in West Yorkshire, Glen is joining forces with Beat the Streets Tour Bus to visit sixth form colleges in search of the ‘roadie’ talent of the future.

Students will hear from Glen about the two-year foundation (FdA) and three-year degree courses available and then get the chance to quiz him about his own life backstage. Afterwards, they will visit the Beat the Street tour bus and try their hand at loading and unloading a tour trailer in a time trial.

Glen, who even production managed the Pope’s only UK tour, said: “Every music festival, stadium gig and world tour needs an army of highly skilled production personnel to bring them to life.

“Production Managers, Sound Engineers, Lighting Designers, Guitar Technicians, Riggers, Carpenters and Tour Managers are just some of the roles instrumental in creating live events.

“Backstage Academy uniquely trains all these professionals for a career in live events through academic study and work experience.  All our students spend time on location with some of the world’s leading artists getting a real work experience.

“Backstage Academy’s first roadshow aims to give them an insight about the course and the industry they will eventually work in. The added challenge of unloading a tour trailer against the clock will give them genuine hands on experience of the buzz of the live events industry.  At the end of the tour the fastest college will receive £2000 to spend on technical equipment of their choice,” he added.

“Creative industries are booming now contributing £91.8bn to the UK economy.  Importantly, the industry has increased its value by more than 50 per cent in the last five years, with no signs that growth is stagnating.  Working in live events is both highly skilled but great fun and can be very well rewarded,” said Glen.

“Employability is an important feature of all our courses. Recent graduates of Backstage Academy have gone on to careers touring with major musicians such as Robbie Williams and Ed Sheeran or working at events such as Glastonbury or the Radio One Live Weekend. Work experience during their course includes tours and live festivals in the UK and overseas.”

Steve Brown is one of the lead tutors at Truro Academy.  He said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students here at Truro College to see first-hand exactly what is on offer at Backstage Academy. Live events is a thriving industry with plentiful job prospects, we are very proud to link up with Backstage Academy.”

Backstage Academy is planning a second national tour in Autumn 2018.  Colleges and Schools interested in playing host can register their interest at www.backstageacademy.co.uk/tour.

The Backstage Academy Roadshow commences January 22 in Wakefield. Dates and venues include:

Wakefield – Wakefield College Jan 22

Leeds – Notre Dame Sixth Form College Jan 22

Selby – Selby College Jan 23

York – Access to Music Jan 23

Chesterfield – Heritage High School Jan 24

Lincoln – Lincoln College Jan 24

Newcastle – The Sage Jan 25

Liverpool – LIPA College Jan 26

Truro – Truro College Jan 29

South Devon – South Devon College Jan 30

Glastonbury – St Dunstone School, Jan 31

Swansea – Feb 1 Full Day Venue TBC

Cardiff – Feb 2 Full Day Venue TBC

Croydon – The Brit School, Feb 5

Cobham – Cobham Free School Feb 6

Battersea – Harris Academy Feb 7

Purfleet – Backstage Centre Feb 8

Southampton – City College, Feb 9

Rotherham, Hull and Wakefield named Yorkshire’s fastest growing economies http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/rotherham-hull-and-wakefield-named-yorkshires-fastest-growing-economies/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/rotherham-hull-and-wakefield-named-yorkshires-fastest-growing-economies/#comments Thu, 4 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/rotherham-hull-and-wakefield-named-yorkshires-fastest-growing-economies/ 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 Economics and Business Research (Cebr) and provides an estimate of GVA growth and job creation within 45 of the UK’s largest cities 12 months ahead of the Government’s official figures.

The report revealed that Rotherham’s GVA growth of 1.8% across Q3 2017 made it the eighth fastest-growing city economy in the UK. It was joined in the top ten with Hull, which recorded a rate of 1.8%, while Wakefield also had a rate of 1.7% across the same period.

York was only slightly behind on GVA growth of 1.6%, but it took fifth position in the employment league table with growth of 1.1% and has also been predicted to be the region’s fastest growing city in 2018.

However, there was less good news for Leeds and Sheffield, with the two cities lagging behind regional rivals in terms of the Q3 2017 results and forecasts for the year ahead.

Dorrien Peters, partner and head of business legal services at Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield office, said: “The rate of growth seen in Rotherham, Hull and Wakefield is a great testament to the excellent work being done by businesses across Yorkshire.

“The location of the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Rotherham and its success attracting investment from the likes of Boeing and McLaren makes a significant difference to the assessment of Rotherham’s performance against its peers.  While there has been less good news for Leeds and Sheffield, the study has still emphasised that those cities are home to impressive education sectors which contribute a significant amount to their economies.

“Our latest Powerhouse Report shows that Rotherham’s impressive growth is a huge testament to the vision of our universities, together with Rotherham and Sheffield, to build a world class Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District. It is a decision that is supported by the hard economic data that shows the worth of manufacturing and education to the wider Sheffield City Region.”

This edition of UK Powerhouse examines the impact that the education has on city economies across the UK, with Leeds’ education sector being the fourth largest in the UK. Valued at £364.8m, it also grew by 5% between 2012 and 2015 and makes up 7% of the city’s total GVA.

Sheffield took seventh place in the league table with a GVA of £304.3m which has an 11% share of the total city GVA. Both Leeds and Sheffield were also within the top six education employers in the UK, employing 44,717 and 34,948 respectively.

The report notes the education sector makes a major contribution to economic growth within many areas surrounding universities and also offers recommendations on how it can continue to do so. These include:

·         Engaging in the work of Local Enterprise partnerships, particularly in support for innovation
·         Ensuring cities with a strong outflow of graduate age young workers have policies for retaining talent, with the Government also providing incentives for graduate recruiters to hire more in those areas
·         Encouraging cities to improving infrastructure to optimise the movement of workers
·         Introducing large-scale affordable housing projects to appeal to graduates

Refrence: The Business Desk

OFFER- 50% off First Two Months Rent ! http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/offer-50-off-first-two-months-rent--/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/offer-50-off-first-two-months-rent--/#comments Wed, 3 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/offer-50-off-first-two-months-rent--/ 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 Wakefield or Halifax if you sign up before end of January.

Join up now - http://leedsbeckett.ac.uk/eiahub/

FIVE CHEERS FOR WACCL AS 40,000 DONATION IS RAISED FOR CHARITY http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/five-cheers-for-waccl-as-40000-donation-is-raised-for-charity/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/five-cheers-for-waccl-as-40000-donation-is-raised-for-charity/#comments Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/five-cheers-for-waccl-as-40000-donation-is-raised-for-charity/ 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 charities that provide support and guidance to young people.

The lunchtime event, which hoped to generate funds of £32,000 for its three chosen charities; Levi Star, supporting children with brain tumours; My Burns Club, assisting young people with burn related injuries to live a normal and active life and Theatre Royal Wakefield Youth Academy, providing bursaries to allow disadvantaged youngsters to attend classes, exceeded all targets by raising a massive £40,400!

Providing charitable contributions of more than £80,000 in the last four years, this year’s WACCL event exceeded all expectations with local businesses proving that charity begins at home and Christmas is certainly a time for giving. The total funds now exceed £100,000, which has and will continue to make a huge difference to the beneficiaries.

The event, which was over-subscribed for the first time in its history, started with a champagne reception followed by a three-course meal with coffee. Compared by Pete Emmett, those attending also took part in games, a raffle and auction.

As well as the planned activities, an anonymous donation of £10,000 was made during the event, topping the total and giving the committee and charities involved a real cause for celebration. 

Chair of the WACCL committee, Ian Taylor comments: “We always say that Wakefield is closed for business when the WACCL event is on and judging by the number of people that attended this year’s event that was certainly the case. I think we were all overwhelmed by the generosity of the businesses in the room and we really cannot thank those that came along enough.

“This money will make a real difference to these charities, all of which work with young people in our district. I am very proud of what we have achieved but there is no resting on our laurels, our job now is to make next year even bigger and better. Watch this space!”

Further details about the WACCL event can be found at www.waccl.co.uk.

Local volunteers needed to help launch new initiative to widen children’s horizons in Wakefield http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/local-volunteers-needed-to-help-launch-new-initiative-to-widen-childrens-horizons-in-wakefield/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/local-volunteers-needed-to-help-launch-new-initiative-to-widen-childrens-horizons-in-wakefield/#comments Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/local-volunteers-needed-to-help-launch-new-initiative-to-widen-childrens-horizons-in-wakefield/ 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 activities taking place in 14 primary and infant schools across the city in spring 2018. Schools and volunteers from the world of work working in partnership are a powerful force for change!

The exciting new initiative, ‘Inspiring Wakefield’, will be launched on 13th February 2018 at Ossett South Parade Primary School and is designed to raise and broaden the aspirations of children helping them to achieve their full potential, provide a clear link between their learning in school and their futures whilst providing them with a better understanding of the many opportunities open to them.

The intention is that the Wakefield model will form a blueprint for other parts of the country to follow.

Schools already signed up to take part:

Ossett South Parade Primary

Flanshaw Junior Infant and Nursery School

The Mount Junior Infant and Nursery School

Park Junior Academy

Wheldon Infant School and Nursery

Half Acres Primary School

Pinders Primary School

Lawefield Primary

Grove Lea Primary School

Altofts Junior School

Normanton Junior School

Streethouse Primary

Glasshoughton Infant Academy


For primary age children, volunteers from the world of work can help bring learning to life, help them to see the relevance of their learning and how this opens up possibilities for them in later life. Volunteers can also play a key role in providing children with positive role models and tackling stereotyping around both gender and ethnicity that often starts in primary school.

The NAHT, in partnership with the charity Education and Employers, ran a pilot in 2014 that looked at inviting volunteers into primary schools to share their journey through school and into the world of work. The project started in a number of schools including a primary school in Barnsley, situated in the middle of one of Europe’s largest council estates and a former mining community. The impact on many of the children in terms of changing attitudes and raising achievement soon became apparent. The pilot, initially run by NAHT Past President Steve Iredale at his school, has now developed into a national scheme  ‘Primary Futures’ which has already seen over 3200 primary schools register and become involved. The project uses the innovative matchmaking technology ‘Inspiring the Future’ which connects volunteers with schools nationally. Over 39,000 people have so far volunteered from all walks of life - apprentices to CEOs, from all sectors- archaeology to zoology, and in all parts of the country. It is a model that has also attracted international interest and has been replicated from Australia to China! Primary Futures was also referenced recently in the long awaited governments Careers Strategy ………. ‘Excellent programmes like Primary Futures give primary schools access to a wide range of professionals’

Tracey Lake, headteacher at Wheldon Infant School and Nursery who is coordinating the project locally commented ‘It’s fantastic to be involved with such an exciting opportunity to help to raise the aspirations of children in our city. Primary Futures is a really brilliant way to invite willing volunteers into our schools to share their life journeys and to help to encourage the children to aim high and to chase their dreams. The response from local schools, the council and local authority has already been so positive as we all work together to make this happen.  Now we need to find ways to invite more of our local workforce to register as volunteers so together we can inspire the next generation ’

The series of school led events in Wakefield not only aims to inspire the children but also to encourage more local people to volunteer and to see more schools inviting volunteers to inspire their children via the free national Inspiring the Future service, which connects schools and volunteers.

Local employers and volunteers interested in being part of this exciting initiative can sign up on the website www.inspiringthefuture.org call 0207 566 4880 or contact any of the names below for more information.

Media contacts:

Tracey Lake - Headteacher, Wheldon Infants and Nursery School – 01977 553528

Steve Iredale - NAHT Primary Futures manager - steve.iredale@naht.org.uk

Victoria York - Victoria.york@educationandemployers.org

Gillian Wallace- Wakefield Council  -GWallace@wakefield.gov.uk

Free programme for music entrepreneurs in Wakefield http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/free-programme-for-music-entrepreneurs-in-wakefield/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/free-programme-for-music-entrepreneurs-in-wakefield/#comments Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/free-programme-for-music-entrepreneurs-in-wakefield/ 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 innovative idea in areas such as music production and distribution, live events and new immersive technology for audiences.

The scheme is part of the European Regional Development funded AD:VENTURE programme, Music Futures, led by industry leaders Generator. There will be a series of free masterclasses across six months from February 2018 to June 2018 in Wakefield city centre.

The Council-backed programme will also be supported by Production Park and Tileyard Studios, providing advice and mentoring for potential start-ups.

Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “I am pleased this course is encouraging people with an enthusiasm for music to develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in business. 

“Small and medium sized businesses play an important role in helping the local economy and support our aspiration for greater growth and prosperity for our district.”

Jim Mawdsley, CEO of Generator, said: “Generator is thrilled to bring the Music Futures series to Wakefield and the wider Leeds City region. These masterclasses are for recently established and prestart businesses to explore where the opportunities are in technology-led platforms both now and in the future of the music industry. Areas including VR/AR/XR and streaming alongside digitally-led marketing strategies and a more in-depth understanding of the complex myriad of rights within the music industry will be uncovered. With the addition of coaching opportunities from music industry specialists, this series will bolster the capability and understanding of any small business looking to establish a firmer footing within the region.

Karen Watts, Marketing Director of Production Park, said: “Production Park is very pleased to be supporting this great initiative from AD:VENTURE. The live events industry is booming and advances in technology are helping to create spectacular experiences for audiences.  From virtual reality and live video content through to design and automation, we welcome the opportunity to mentor the next generation of live industry professionals.”

The course offers a combination of classroom and one-to-one sessions with industry experts. It aims to equip people with a broad range of skills such as how to develop their business plans, create a pitch and finance their idea.

To find out more and register an interest visit www.ad-venture.org.uk/MusicFutures




Yorkshire fastest among UK regions for job creation in November http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/yorkshire-fastest-among-uk-regions-for-job-creation-in-november/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/yorkshire-fastest-among-uk-regions-for-job-creation-in-november/#comments Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/yorkshire-fastest-among-uk-regions-for-job-creation-in-november/ 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 companies was matched only by the East of England, as Yorkshire firms hired additional staff for the fifteenth month running.

The Yorkshire and Humber PMI registered at 54.9 in November, down from 57.0 in October and the lowest reading for 12 months. A reading above 50 shows growth in the total value of goods and services produced, whereas a reading below indicates decline.

Businesses recorded a rise in new orders, linking this to competitiveness in export markets and marketing campaigns. But the pace of expansion showed little improvement from October’s 11-month low.

The Lloyds Bank Regional PMI, or Purchasing Managers’ Index, is an economic health-check of the UK regions. It’s based on responses from manufacturers and services businesses about the amount of goods and services produced during November compared with a month earlier.

Leigh Taylor, regional director for Yorkshire at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: “Yorkshire and the Humber maintained its position as one of the UK’s main hot spots for job creation in November, with firms expanding as they look to take advantage of new business opportunities.

“The region has generally outperformed the UK as a whole throughout the year so far; however, this was the first month that business activity growth was in line with the national average and firms must now look for new ways to gain an advantage.”

Bdaily Nick Hill

20% Discount off 3M BIC Network Membership for members of the Wakefield Manufacturing Forum. http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/20-discount-off-3m-bic-network-membership-for-members-of-the-wakefield-manufacturing-forum/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/20-discount-off-3m-bic-network-membership-for-members-of-the-wakefield-manufacturing-forum/#comments Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/20-discount-off-3m-bic-network-membership-for-members-of-the-wakefield-manufacturing-forum/ 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 are:-

Use of our hot desk space with free ultrafast Wi-Fi

Access to a shared informal meeting space with tea/coffee facilities

Monthly printing allocation

Access to business support through our Business Engagement Centre

Access to a range of seminars, masterclasses and workshops 

The opportunity to promote your company’s news and events on the 3M BIC website, blog and ColLABorate newsletter

10% discount on 3M BIC services including meeting rooms and technical services

EEF affiliate membership

Prices are as follows:-

Level 1 - Individuals/Sole Traders - Hot Desks - 50 desks per annum - £150+VAT (-20% discount) per annum

Level 2 - Companies with 1 or more employees who wish to widen their network - Hot Desks 100 per annum - £375+VAT (-20% discount) per annum

If you would like more information or would like to come and visit us to see what we are doing and how we could help your business please contact Jill Beckwith on 01484 505639 or jill@3mbic.com 

Lets Talk Real Growth Event Update http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/lets-talk-real-growth-event-update-/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/lets-talk-real-growth-event-update-/#comments Fri, 8 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/lets-talk-real-growth-event-update-/ 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 Innovation, Resource Efficiency program, Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, the Manufacturing Growth Service, Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce.

The Event focused on companies that were looking at expanding in the district from a manufacturing background. The event saw over 50 delegates attend. A big thank you goes to Richard Harris from JLL and David Master MD of OE Electrics for their great presentations. It was a real pleasure to see the development of a home grown Wakefield company expand and grow in the district.

The economic development department are planning a further four events next year relating to expansion and growth with the support of partners in other logistic and distribution hubs around the district.

Thank you for everyone who supported and helped with this event. We look forward to seeing you at our next event.