The Wakefield Business Conference (WBC) is back for the 8th year, hosted by the Mid Yorkshire Chamber and taking place on Wednesday 3rd October at Unity Hall, it will be delivered in partnership with Wakefield Bondholders for the very first time.Becoming a showcase for potential investors, WBC will focus on the growth and prosperity of the Wakefield district, concentrating on the future and a shared commitment to the city and surrounding towns.

The Conference sits at the heart of Wakefield Business Week (Monday 1st to Friday 5th October). Delivered by Wakefield First the week-long initiative will create a platform for celebrating business success, bringing companies and individuals together to connect and collaborate. Recognising and reiterating the strengths of the district – location, good value, opportunities and open for business – WBC will explore how the public, private and third sectors can work closely together to help accelerate growth and prosperity for all.

Martin Hathaway, Managing Director of the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, comments:

‘‘This will be the 8th Wakefield Business Conference and the theme of growth and prosperity lends itself well to a partnership between the Chamber, Bondholders and Local Authority.

“The Chamber represents and supports many businesses within the region while Bondholders get together to market Wakefield and attract inward investment both from locations across the UK and also 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.’’

Melissa Armitage, Manager at Wakefield Bondholders comments:

“Wakefield is open for business! It’s a hot spot for inward investment and we are looking forward to showcasing this alongside our partners and members who are achieving great things.

“In association with Wakefield Business Week it is a key part of the annual business calendar. It is an ideal time for us to put a very specific focus on the growth and prosperity of our members and the wider district and also on the role that we can all play in achieving this at an accelerated pace.”

Building upon the success of the 2017 Conference more than 36 exhibitors will showcase their products and services to a more than 300 delegates who are expected to attend across the day. Workshops delivering practical skills and information to take home and apply to business, as well as networking opportunities, will also be key WBC features.

Wakefield Business Week; 5 Days – 1 District, will showcase the district’s success and position as a rising star of the northern region and a thriving business and commercial hub. The 5th annual business week, will be launched by Cllr Peter Box and Wakefield Council’s CEO, Merran McRae, at Unity Hall on Monday 1st October. The launch event will be followed by a week of events, seminars, workshops and networking focused around key sectors including creative and digital, food and drink, logistics and automation and skills and education.

For more details visit To get involved and to hear more about the sponsorship opportunities that are available around the Wakefield Business Conference please contact Rory Bourke on For details about Wakefield Business Week please contact Kelly Galvin at