Council approves new business hub


Plans to bring a new business hub to Wakefield in partnership with Leeds Beckett University have been approved by Wakefield Councillors.

The decision was made at a Cabinet meeting yesterday and will see the creation of a new Business and Innovation Academy in the business lounge in Wakefield One. It will provide local businesses with access to academic expertise from the University as well as support and advice from the Council. 

Cllr Peter Box, Leader of Wakefield Council said: "I am pleased the new Enterprise and Innovation centre will be based in Wakefield. It will help businesses build, develop and enhance their skills and experience further with practical tips from academics in the field, along with support and knowledge from the Council. 

"We are committed to help businesses thrive in the district and these plans will help boost our local economy whilst ensuring organisations are receiving the best advice."

Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at Leeds Beckett, Professor Andrew Slade, said: "Our Academy is research-informed, facilitating innovation and enhancing enterprise skills.

"Our memorandums of understanding with Wakefield Council support our Enterprise & Innovation Academy for Business as a hub for regional innovation and economic growth and we are looking forward to working with the Council on this exciting development in the city."

In 2011, the Council signed a formal memorandum of understanding with Leeds Metropolitan University, which became Leeds Beckett University on 22 September 2014.

 Businesses interested should contact Leeds Beckett University on or calling 01924 688059.