Proposals to bring new University business centre to the district

​Date: 24/11/2014
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Key decision makers will be asked to approve new plans for Leeds Beckett University to work with the Council to host a new business hub in Wakefield.

Key decision makers will be asked to approve new plans for Leeds Beckett University to work with the Council to host a new business hub in Wakefield.

On December 2 approval will be sought from the Council's cabinet to go ahead with proposals to create a business and innovations centre in Wakefield One – which houses many of the Council's services and the City's library and museum.

Cllr Peter Box, Leader of Wakefield Council said: "Our district remains one of the largest areas in England without a dedicated University presence and the development of this support function will benefit our region greatly.

"It will significantly boost our local economy; provide positive lifelong opportunities for young people in the area, along with increased support for business growth and job creation. Having this visible university presence will also help raise aspirations and build on the learning culture in Wakefield.

"The proposals going to Cabinet next week will form part of our long term plans with Leeds Beckett University and Wakefield College to deliver enterprise and learning support at the college."

The plan is to base the hub at the Business Lounge on the ground floor of Wakefield One for an initial 18 months. A rental agreement with the University will be negotiated if the report is approved.
 
In 2011, the Council signed a formal memorandum of understanding with Leeds Metropolitan University, which became Leeds Beckett University on 22 September 2014.

The Council's Cabinet meets on 2 December at County Hall, Wakefield.