Wakefield benefits from unrivalled connectivity, with the UK’s main motorway networks meeting just outside the city, along with a frequent mainline rail service to London in under 2 hours and Leeds in 15 minutes. Not just a key location nationally, linking east to west and north to south, it is also on the west-European economic corridor which connects Wakefield to the continent by air and sea.
This accessibility by road, air and rail has seen Wakefield grow as a place to do business, with household names such as Burberry, Haribo and Coca-Cola making it their home, a flourishing business community has emerged which is a mix of large corporates and SMEs.
Wakefield is a great place, not just for business, but also for lifestyle with access to some of the country’s best cultural assets like The Hepworth Wakefield, National Coal Mining Museum, and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Almost 70% of the Wakefield district landscape is made up of green space and rural communities offering a great quality of life.
Wakefield is often described as a hidden Yorkshire gem.
Internationally renowned businesses and leaders in their sectors, including manufacturing, professional services, and creative and digital have chosen to locate in Wakefield for all these reasons.
Wakefield hasn’t finished yet though and whilst it’s proud of its heritage in supporting fantastic businesses that are attracted by the central location at the beating heart of the UK, its focus is the prime sites available and readiness of the district for investment from all sectors. Wakefield’s accessibility, and availability of land to accommodate housing growth and economic development means the city is in a great position to capitalise on its strengths.
Wakefield will soon adopt its latest Local Plan, which aims to improve economic, social, and environmental wellbeing, providing Wakefield with a clear and confident mandate to attract investors. The area continues to broaden its horizons and the active regeneration portfolio will deliver some quality schemes during the next decade.
Wakefield’s workforce is flexible and it’s lucky enough to have a diverse talent pool for employers alongside extensive land and property options, a great choice of schools, training, excellent healthcare, and various housing options.
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70% of the Wakefield district landscape is made up of green space and rural communities
Only City with 2 Arts Council Funded museums outside London