Castleford Enterprise Show offers great opportunities

​Date: 04/08/2014
Ref: PR 4498

Wakefield Council is inviting budding entrepreneurs and existing businesses to learn about developing their projects at the Castleford Enterprise Show.

The show is taking place on Friday April 11 from 10am until 4pm at Henry Moore Square in Castleford town centre.

Over 20 organisations including Leeds Metropolitan University and JobCentrePlus are due to attend the event which is aimed at giving local people suggestions on how they can kick start their own business or boost an existing business.

The event will be formally opened by Cllr Peter Box, the Leader of Wakefield Council. Cllr Box said: "I am looking forward to launching the day. This is the first time we have held an event like this in Castleford and I hope residents come along to see the kind of support we can offer them in terms of building up a new enterprise or giving an existing business a boost.

"There will be many experts from a range of different businesses on hand to offer quality advice tailored to meet any kind of business needs."

The Castleford Enterprise Show is being delivered as part of the wider Wakefield Business Support Programme (WBSP) which has already helped many local people through the difficult stages of setting up a new business.

Launched last September by Wakefield Council the WBSP works in partnership with RCP21, South Elmsall Town Council and South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Town Council with part funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

The scheme aims to help businesses establish, grow and enter new, innovative and sustainable markets whilst creating jobs and prosperity in the district. It offers a range of free support to businesses in the district from business planning advice, access to funding and a calendar of networking and business events.

For more information call 01924 305825, email info@wakefieldfirst.com or visit www.wakefieldfirst/wbsp  

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Notes to Editors

The following organisations will be in attendance on the day:
Wakefield Council Managed Work Space Office /Property, Chamber of Commerce, West Yorkshire Enterprise Agency, RCP21, HSBC, Barclays, Federation of Small Business, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds City College, Castleford Heritage Trust, Wakefield College, Integra Advisers, Growth Accelerators, MAS - PERA Consulting, Jobcentre Plus, Apprenticeship Hub, Castleford Market.

Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme 2007-2013
The European Regional Development Fund Programme is managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government on behalf of a local partnership including the National Government, European Commission and local bodies. The European Regional Development Fund programme has €583 million from the European Regional Development Fund to invest by 2013. Further information about the ERDF Programme in Yorkshire and The Humber, including information about the projects that are receiving ERDF Investment, is available at www.communities.gov.uk/erdf

European Regional Development Fund
The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) was established in 1975 to stimulate economic development in less prosperous regions of the European Union. ERDF is provided to support the European Union's cohesion policy that seeks to redress imbalances in development between regions and Member States. It is used to support projects that can help local economies address the challenges of globalisation and contribute to delivering Europe's 2020 strategy of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Information about the European Union's support for regions is available at http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/index_en.htm