High Street summit attracts high level support
Arriva and NOVA are among the local businesses and voluntary organisations to sign up to attend the event.
Hosted by Wakefield Council, the summit on 4 March is the first stage of engagement with local stakeholders, to discuss future initiatives and share with them the work currently being undertaken by the Council.
The summit, at The Hepworth Gallery, is also an opportunity for stakeholders to share ideas and shape a bid for the 'Future High Street Fund'. This is a £675million government fund which is aimed at transforming high streets and town centres.
Councillor Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: "It is fantastic that our summit is attracting interest from different sectors all of whom are showing commitment to taking action on a vital issue that affects us all.
"Our high streets and centres play a pivotal role in encouraging people to visit, live and invest in the district.
"We all have a stake in ensuring that Wakefield prospers and this summit is the first step in setting out our vision and agreeing an approach that will transform our town and city centres."
The summit will consist of workshops, panel discussions and speakers.
The keynote speaker is barrister and author Philip Kolvin QC who is nationally renowned for his work in planning and licensing as well as the night time economy.