Council supports businesses

​Date: 06/11/2014

Local businesses have been given the chance to exhibit their products at trade shows throughout the country, with backing from the Council.

As a part of the Wakefield Business Support Programme, the Council is helping 15 businesses to showcase their products through various trade shows in their sector, giving them the opportunity to network, grow and show their products to a larger market.

Cllr Peter Box, Leader of Wakefield Council said: "It's important to ensure our district is thriving with the growth of local businesses which will help our economy strengthen, especially in the current climate.

"I am pleased that we are able to support our local businesses to attend this conference allowing them develop their supply chains, promote their services and increase their opportunities to export and grow their business further."

Some of the businesses, who have attended the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) annual exhibition in Manchester this week, include People Projects, Custompac Ltd, based in Castleford and Composites Media, from Wakefield.

People Projects UK – is based in Horbury which provides eLearning, training, and webinar content.

Ben Errington managing partner at People Projects UK, said: "We are grateful for the support from Wakefield Council for their assistance with our application for funding to be able to exhibit at the CIPD National Conference and trade show event. It was a fantastic event that allowed us to showcase our brand and products.

"This is one of the biggest events of its type in the UK. It really gave us the opportunity to demonstrate our training products, including the observation of teaching, training and learning endorsed qualification that we have developed this year. It also provided a good opportunity to network with the right people to help grow our business."

As a part of this scheme, the Council has already supported six businesses attend an advanced engineering show in Birmingham, last year.

The Wakefield Business Support programme was launched in 2013 and to date has helped 300 companies to start up and 75 new businesses become established. The programme also provides support in finance and budgeting, business planning and assigning organisations a business advisor.

Anybody who wishes to sign up to the scheme or for further information visit or contact 01924 306008