Wakefield Business Conference 2018: Through Collaboration

Business membership organisations, the Mid Yorkshire Chamber and Wakefield Bondholders, are joining forces to deliver a conference that will put the Wakefield District on the map for inward investors, writes Carlos Moreno.

Martin Hathaway (second right), Managing Director of the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce.


Taking place on Wednesday 3rd October 2018 at Unity Hall, Wakefield Business Conference (WBC) is well established in the Wakefield business calendar and the highlight event in the heart of Wakefield Business Week, 1st – 5th October. With a strong format in place, organisers the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce (MYC) have decided it is time to shift the conference focus on growing the event across West Yorkshire and further afield.

But how will this collaboration support the conference? What steps are being taken to make WBC 2018 this years ‘go to business event’ for businesses not just in Wakefield District, but further afield as well?

The concept of this years event was realised in April earlier this year where Martin Hathaway, Managing Director of the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and Adrian Spawforth, Chairman of Wakefield Bondholders met with Wakefield Council to discuss combining efforts to deliver WBC 2018 as a place-shaping conference.

Martin Hathaway says ‘‘This will be the 8th Wakefield Business Conference and the theme of growth and prosperity lends itself well to a partnership of the Wakefield and District Chamber, Bondholders and local Authority.

“The Chamber represent and support many businesses within the region awhile Bondholders get together to market Wakefield and attract inward investment from other areas of the UK and internationally.

“Wakefield District Council has recently published a 5-year Economic Strategy concentrating on 3 key themes, successful business, people and place, these will be core topics running through the conference’’

From this productive first meeting all parties were keen to proceed on developing a new format for the conference. The seminars will feature guest speakers who will provide insight and recent business developments within Wakefield, the outside view of the Wakefield District, identifying the paths to accelerating business growth and providing a vision for the future.

Conference organiser Rory Bourke says, “The exhibition will give businesses the opportunity to showcase their products/services to a large audience from the Wakefield District and beyond, with exhibitor and sponsorship packages to suit all business objectives and budgets. Naturally the more you invest in a conference like this, the higher ROI you will receive and we work closely with all businesses involved to ensure their conference experience is a success.”

He also informed us of the Workshops taking place for delegates to take some practical take home information to apply to their business as well as networking opportunities for business owners at the Business Lunch where Mike Spicer – Director of Research and Economics, British Chambers of Commerce – will be speaking.

Businesses wanting to get involved are encouraged to contact Rory Bourke on 01484 483 679 or at events@mycci.co.uk, they can download the Exhibitor & Sponsorship Guide and complete the online booking form here.