Be part of Wakefield Business Week 2015

Date: 15 June 2015

Wakefield Council is promoting the annual Wakefield Business Week with a packed programme of events encouraging entrepreneurs, job creation and investment in the district.

Wakefield Business Week 2015 is organised by Wakefield first and the Wakefield Business Support Programme, Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and Unity Works.

Following the success of last year’s Wakefield Business Week, partners will deliver a week of events, seminars, and speakers as well as the Wakefield Business conference, all aimed at supporting Wakefield’s business community in creating new networks, generating sales and promoting the district as the place to do business.

Held across the district, the week, which starts on June 22, and includes high calibre events covering a range of sectors. Businesses from all over the district can get involved and hear high profile speakers discuss the future of Wakefield on a regional, national and international scale.

This year’s programme includes a digital & creative skills event on June 23, F5 (REFRESH) Your Digital Skills, with speakers including Google, Microsoft and BT. The event is aimed at a general audience and will support businesses to grow through development of their digital and creative skills, helping them prepare for the future.

Council Leader Cllr Peter Box CBE and Council Chief Executive Joanne Roney OBE are both speaking at the opening event 'Unlocking Potential and Inspiring Growth' on Monday, June 22, in Pontefract. The event will see high level speakers discuss Wakefield’s place in the Leeds City Region, giving local businesses the opportunity to discuss this and other hot topics in the North, including what the Northern Powerhouse may look like.

Cllr Box said: “Wakefield Business Week is now established as a key event in the regional business calendar and we look forward to welcoming businesses large and small, both well-established and newly-set up.

“By coming together to trade ideas, offer support and provide inspiration, we can make this district much stronger and more competitive. Business Week is a major platform for taking the district forward and I hope it will be well supported, as indeed it has been in previous years.”

Ms Roney said: “We want to see more jobs, more opportunities and more investment. This year’s programme is designed to stimulate new ideas and promote growth through specific subject sessions and general discussion forums.

“It is a great opportunity to show that together we can do more, both locally and in the wider Leeds City Region.”

Wakefield Business Week 2015 is being promoted using the Twitter hashtag #wbw15 with full information about events, including booking, on