Wakefield Council celebrates Business Week

Date: 21/05/2014
PR 4566

Wakefield Council and partners are celebrating Business Week with a series of upcoming events.

Wakefield Business Week takes place between Monday June 2 and Friday June 6 and offers  support to Wakefield businesses, encouraging them to trade with each other more, creating new connections and celebrating Wakefield as a top business destination.

This exciting week offers businesses the opportunity to put their own seminars on, showcasing their talents and sharing a wide range of skills, as well as the organisers delivering some high profile events including:

• The Leadership Breakfast - The launch event for Business Week 2014, starting at 8.30am – 11.00am on the 2 June. The event will focus on the creation of good growth in the Wakefield District and will enable open discussion with key business leaders from Wakefield. Panel members include: Council Leader Cllr Peter Box, Council Chief Executive Joanne Roney, MD of Reid Aviation Solutions Paul Reid, Claire Harper owner of India Coco and Claire Young, Entrepreneur, Youth Advocate and Apprentice Finalist.

• The Wakefield Business Conference consists of a full day programme of business specific seminars, an exhibition involving 50+ businesses, a clinic where you can cure your business ailments along with unlimited networking for all involved. It is open to all sizes and types of businesses and places are free. Delegates can stay for 40 minutes, four hours, a full day or anything in between. 
           o State of the District Seminar - Wakefield Council Chief Executive Joanne Roney will also sit on the State of the District panel at the conference – Where is Wakefield on the economic landscape? Make sure you are up to date with your district and understand how to place your business in the best position.
           o Funding and Finance drop in café – Running as a clinic at the conference a number of funding and finance specialists will be on hand to advise anyone who is looking at growing their business or looking at options to finance a start-up. Advisors from the Wakefield Business Support Programme will also be available at the Café to answer any queries.
• Closing First Friday event – Grand Finale of Wakefield Business Week which runs on Friday: 16:00pm - 18:00pm. A networking event which will be joined by keynote speaker Steve McKevitt, an expert in communication and has worked for some of the biggest companies in the world including Nike, Coca Cola and Google.

The action packed week also offers a range of open source seminars and sessions covering a huge variety of valuable business topics including: Tackling Stress, Wealth Optimisation, Business Planning, Productivity, Brand ID, Automated Digital Marketing, Business Growth, Social Media, Employee Engagement, Resilience, Pensions Auto Enrolment and Social Enterprise.

Throughout the week there are a number of fantastic opportunities to meet Wakefield's Business Leaders. The Meet the Leader events will offer the opportunity to learn from some of the top leaders in Wakefield and understand how they have met a range of challenges while running their businesses.

Wakefield Council's Service Director for Economic Growth and Housing Sarah Pearson said: "This is a fantastic week providing information, support and advice for local businesses in the area.

"The Wakefield Business Support Programme is working in partnership with Wakefield Business Conference organisers to ensure Wakefield Business Week offers a range of focussed events to encourage collaboration between our businesses and to generate new connections and supply chains, giving a vital boost to the district's businesses and strengthening our local economy.

"If more Wakefield businesses are inter-trading, there'll be more working capital, resulting in a stronger local economy and as a result, more jobs safeguarded and created."

To book onto the events or find out more please visit www.wakefieldbusinessweek.co.uk

The Wakefield Business Support Programme was launched in 2013 and aims to support new start-ups and established businesses to grow, innovate and prosper. It is a partnership between Wakefield Council, RCP 21, and South Elmsall, South Kirby and Moorthorpe Town Councils.

The project has secured investment into Wakefield from the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe's support for the region's economic development, through the Yorkshire and Humber 2007-2013 ERDF Programme.

For further information please see www.wakefieldfirst.com/wbsp