Council wants to hear how they can further support businesses

17/04/2020, PR-9381

​Wakefield Council is asking businesses to help shape the type of support it continues to offer during the coronavirus outbreak to ensure that everything it does has the maximum impact.

Wakefield First, the business arm of Wakefield Council, has a dedicated team of business support advisors who have already been assisting local businesses who are in need at this time and have received over 700 enquiries since coronavirus restrictions began.

Now, the Council would like to gain a deeper understanding of the business community in order to offer businesses the best support service possible.

Local businesses are encouraged to have their say in a Council survey - whether a freelancer or part of a multi-national company. This will give businesses not only a chance to tell the Council what they need to support them, but the feedback will also help the team shape the support on offer going forward.

Cllr Darren Byford
Cllr Darren Byford

​Cllr Darren Byford, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration, said: "Our teams have been working around the clock to take calls from businesses and proactively contact businesses to find out what support they need and to signpost them to help, advice and funding.

"The survey will help us to make that support even better and will help us to plan for the long-term so that we can help businesses to recover once things start to return to normality.

"If you are a local business, please take part in our survey and also, if you do need support, don't hesitate to get in touch and we will do everything we can to help."

For further help and support, please visit the Council's dedicated webpage for businesses at which has a range of FAQs to refer to including help with cash-flow problems, tax liabilities, account managers they can talk to and advice on managing staff during these difficult times or please contact

The survey can be found at

Wakefield First, the business facing arm of the council is working closely with key partners such as the Federation for Small Business, Wakefield Bondholder, Mid Yorkshire Chamber and Nova to coordinate messages to their members and clients.