Wakefield to host 6th annual business week

10/06/2019, PR-9075

A week of high-quality business events designed to showcase cutting edge developments and available support to help local business grow and develop opens on 17 June.

Hosted by Wakefield First and partners, the 6th annual Wakefield Business Week features seven learning and development events across the district, covering everything from skills development to exporting.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration said: "Our Economic Plan was launched at business week last year. Since then we have made excellent progress towards this five-year strategy. We have carefully pulled together events and speakers that will share best practice and encourage businesses to help address some of the district's challenges whilst supporting their organisation to grow.

"Over the past 12 months, our employers have invested millions of pounds and created good quality employment and skills opportunities for our residents. Business Week is a great opportunity to highlight such businesses and offer support and advise to other employers across the district.

"I am delighted to say we are in our sixth year of Wakefield Business Week. It continues to be hugely successful and we will continue to work with our key partners such as the Chamber of Commerce and the Department for International Trade to support our businesses to grow and be prosperous."

Merran McRae, Chief Executive of Wakefield Council, said: "Wakefield Business Week is a must-attend for all those who are ambitious and want to grow their business. The week will deliver a packed calendar of events with subjects that relate to the key challenges in the economic strategy. There will be a number of inspirational speakers and critical information across a wide range of topics. The week celebrates some of our highest achievers and is an important platform for facilitating peer to peer learning and encouraging innovation. I'm always inspired by how active and engaged our local business community is and this week showcases that every year." 

Merran McRae, Chief Executive of Wakefield Council

The topics for the learning and development sessions include how to embed innovation as a culture in business, how to build a 'future-proof' workforce and developing more gender-balanced tech start-ups.

For companies currently exporting or wanting to export, a special session has been laid on Exporting Made Simple. Bosses will have the chance to meet experts who will reveal exporting opportunities and demystify common misconceptions and mistakes.

There will also be insights into the latest developments of digital technologies while another session will delve into how to maximize return on investment through media advertising.

Two of the district's newest and most renowned industry stars will be guest speakers on business growth. Raskik Parmar from IBM and Oliver Winstanley from Relations Torque will reveal how their businesses grew and how the operations were transformed.

The week begins with the ever-popular launch event at The Hepworth, one of the most popular and eagerly anticipated events in the business calendar. This year delegates will hear about the achievement and progress made against the district's Economic Strategy that was launched at Business Week last year. It will also provide the opportunity to hear first-hand about the key priorities for the year ahead.

Wakefield has continued to punch well above its weight regionally and the event will be a chance to celebrate some early achievements and revisit the challenges ahead.

The opening of the event will be led by Merran McRae, Chief Executive of Wakefield Council followed by Tom Stannard, Corporate Director for Regeneration and Economic Growth and feature a lively Q&A session with a panel of top local businesses compered by Colletta Smith, the BBC's Business & Consumer Affairs Correspondent. 

For a detailed agenda and description and to register for any of the events please go to https://www.wakefield.gov.uk/wbw2019. All events are free of charge.