Wakefield district is one of the most accessible places to do business in the UK. In fact it's so well-connected that the Chinese olympic team used Wakefield as their base for the London 2012 Olympic Games. And, it was ranked 8th in the UK for strong business growth between 2009 and 2011, in defiance of the economic downturn. That’s why 8,700 businesses are already invested in a profitable future in Wakefield.

The Wakefield area sites at the confluence of the M1 and M62 motorways and the East Coast main line - just one of the many reasons why it's an international centre for food and drink production. Thanks to its high-tech innovation and supply chain networks there are few more strategically connected places to locate manufacturing or distribution businesses than Wakefield.

Wakefield is also renowned for its landmark multi-million pound infrastructure regeneration projects. They include the Westgate and Kirkgate station redevelopments worth £13 million, and the Merchant Gate commercial quarter project worth £70 million which revitalises the city’s Victorian heritage.

There's an abundance of prime industrial space in surrounding areas too: well-connected sites earmarked for potential development, especially by distribution intensive ventures. ASDA, International Procurement and Logistics, NEXT and TK Maxx already have busy distribution hubs firmly established in Wakefield.

Wakefield First offer detailed information about their district’s economic strengths and growth opportunities.

Wakefield’s dependable workforce

Global leaders like Haribo, Coca-Cola Enterprises and Warburtons have all invested heavily in Wakefield, and food and drink accounts for over a quarter of the district’s 15,500 manufacturing jobs. Haribo in Pontefract alone employs more than 540 people, some of whom have enjoyed life-long careers at the confectionary factory.

Wakefield is renowned for its flexible and dependable workforce, something employers pay back to the community with apprenticeship schemes in engineering, production and sales. People in Wakefield are loyal to established businesses who likewise show they're committed to the district’s ongoing growth. Haribo continue to expand in the Wakefield district, with a new £92 million manufacturing facility at Castleford, proof that the essential ingredients for success and long-term profitability are in the right proportions in Wakefield.


Wakefield is a recognised centre of excellence too, with two Queens Award for Innovation winning manufacturers. Harvard Engineering, who make energy efficiency controls, and Rhodes Group, one of Europe’s biggest original equipment manufacturers of specialist machinery for oil and aviation industries. The next few years see Wakefield construct two large-scale energy projects, with a £300 million multi-fuel power plant in Ferrybridge and a £750 million gas-fired power station in Knottingley.

How Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership can help you

At Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership we have access to the hard statistics, convincing case studies and incentives you need to influence stakeholders. Our dedicated team of industry experts offer practical help with your proposal, and present compelling reasons to senior decision-makers about why you should locate in the Leeds City Region.

Contact us now to discuss business expansion and relocation into the Leeds City Region and our soft-landing package to boost your growth.