Wakefield in profile

Wakefield district is one of the most accessible places to do business in the UK and an international centre for food and drink production.

Thanks to its high-tech innovation, supply chain networks and easy access to the M1 and M62 motorways and its position on the East Coast main line, 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 £13 million redevelopment projects for Westgate and Kirkgate stations, and the £70 million Merchant Gate commercial quarter project, revitalising the city’s Victorian heritage.

Wakefield is a recognised centre of excellence in engineering. Both Harvard Engineering, which makes energy efficiency controls, and Rhodes Group, one of Europe’s biggest original equipment manufacturers of specialist machinery for oil and aviation industries, hold Queens Awards for Innovation.

Wakefield offers an abundance of prime industrial space in surrounding areas, with 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 offers detailed information about their district’s economic strengths and growth opportunities.

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, supported 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.

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