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Preview event to showcase new Wakefield Business Centre


Entrepreneurs are invited to attend a free event to find out how a new initiative from Leeds Beckett University, Wakefield Council and Wakefield College can boost their early-stage and growing businesses.

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Taking place on Wednesday 13 December from 3-5pm, at the new Business Centre in Wakefield, located at 6-8 Bond Terrace, guests will be taken on a guided tour of the new space, which will open for business in January.

Attendees can find out more about the services and facilities available at the Bond Terrace Business Centre and its sister site at Wakefield College. Both sites offer affordable office services and meeting spaces to early-stage and growing businesses, as well as access to professional business lounges and meeting facilities across Wakefield including at Wakefield One.

Through the University’s Business Centre, businesses can access a wide range of support, including Leeds Beckett business advice and mentoring, professional training and development, and access to graduate talent and research expertise. Corporate partners, including Lupton Fawcett solicitors, are on hand to offer free legal advice and support.

The Grade II listed Bond Terrace facility is also the first multiple gigabit bandwidth building in Wakefield.

Fran Parkinson, University Business Centre Operations Manager at Leeds Beckett, said: “Support from Leeds Beckett has been proven to almost double business sustainability, with a 95% business survival rate in the first year of trading. We are looking forward to welcoming entrepreneurs and business owners to our preview event and showing them how the University and our partners can support their business success.”

For more information, or to register on the free preview event, please click here.

By subscribing to the Business Centres newsletter businesses can keep informed of regular training and events, including the free Innovation Network event series, which is delivered by Leeds Beckett University and Wakefield College in partnership with The Yorkshire Post. Running quarterly events in Wakefield, the Innovation Network will offer access to academic expertise and brings together leading experts and entrepreneurs to inspire and support business growth.

Professor Peter Slee, Vice Chancellor at Leeds Beckett University, said: “Leeds Beckett is committed to supporting growth and prosperity in our region. This initiative is the latest example of this and will provide access to resources and knowledge that will accelerate growth in new and developing businesses.”

The Business Centre allows clients access to a Wakefield city centre-registered business address and private, newly-renovated office space – including three co-working suites, 11 offices, meeting room, and hot-desk and virtual office facilities. Clients also receive free access to Leeds Beckett’s network of business lounges across Yorkshire, which are shared with specialist member organisations, such as the Institute of Directors. Office clients can also benefit from special offers for membership with Mid-Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce.

The Business Centre at Bond Terrace and its sister site at Wakefield College are part of a network of Leeds Beckett University Business Centres that have been operating for more than 15 years. More than 250 businesses across the region are currently located in Leeds Beckett University’s office facilities, which to date have supported over 850 businesses to accelerate their growth.

For more information about Leeds Beckett’s Business Centres in Wakefield, please click here.

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