Why Wakefield?


Wakefield has been named as the fastest growing economy in Leeds City Region by the Office for National Statistics with a 91% increase in GVA between 1997-2012.


The district is located in the heart of the UK and is one of the most accessible places in the country. Three of the UK’s main road networks meet in the district and Wakefield is on the main trainline to London. We are also on the West-European Economic Corridor linking us directly to the continent by air and sea and we have 5 major airports located nearby.

Global Brands

Global powerhouses such as Burberry, Coca-Cola Enterprises, DHL, Haribo, Warburtons and many more call Wakefield home. We are also home to thousands of SMEs that also make our economy what it is.


Like the economy, the landscape has significantly changed in recent years with a wide range of high quality regeneration taking place throughout the district creating a unique and successful environment to live and work. The modern regeneration complements the area’s history and heritage and has not compromised the beauty of the region with 70% of residents living within 1 mile of open countryside.

Live & Work

As a business location Wakefield has a flexible workforce, with 2.7M people living within 20 miles of the city, and extensive land and property options with good choices in education, training and housing. Excellent healthcare facilities and some of the UK’s most unique and popular cultural attractions such as The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park all help to make the district a unique and thriving destination.

If you are interested in investing or locating your business to Wakefield we can help! Contact us on 01924 306008 or email info@wakefieldfirst.com

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