Member's Benefits

Our three main aims are:


To grow the size of the local economy by increasing the visibility of the district and promoting it as a place for inward investment.


To enable businesses to work together to market the district, and in turn their own activities, to a wider audience


To create a dynamic, informed and proactive local business to business network


Developing our local economy faster

100% of Bondholder membership fees are used to support the aims of the Wakefield First Bondholder scheme – which is to secure significant inward investment.
This will be done by promoting a positive image of the district, by raising its profile and communicating all it has to offer to the benefit of local businesses, residents and stakeholders.
Ultimately this is a way of communicating that you are proud to be based in Wakefield and that you are playing an active role in shaping the district.


Creating Better Connections

The Wakefield First Bondholder Scheme helps members to create stronger connections by creating opportunities to meet-up with fellow Bondholders and by hosting business networking events that take place throughout the district.

The Bondholder’s First Friday, as an example, is the districts’ premier networking event. Growing in popularity First Friday is attracting more delegates, more decision makers and more businesses from a variety of sectors. In addition to receiving a free place at two First Friday events, Bondholders also have the opportunity to increase their profile and their participation – whether this is by being a part of the panel of guest speakers or by hosting the event at their business premises.

Bondholder events, both formal and informal, also create better opportunities to connect and do business.


Raising Your Profile

As a Bondholder there are many ways to raise your profile.

You can be a part of the ‘Wakefield Wallpaper’ showcasing you company in a vibrant and visually strong piece of advertising that features locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

We will support you by circulating your good news stories through the Bondholder newsletter and also the Wakefield first newsletter (circulation 6000+), this information will also be shared through Bondholder and Wakefield First (approx. 3500 followers) Twitter accounts.

As we promote the district, we will also draw upon the expertise and experience of our members. As and when it is appropriate we will profile members as examples of best practice, sharing relevant news and details of success.

There is also free business promotion through our membership only offers, hosted business breakfast meetings and as a result of identifying relevant sponsorship opportunities. Our team will work with you to tailor support to best suit your needs.

Additional Bondholder Benefits


A monthly Bondholder newsletter to keep you up-to-date with everything that’s going on.

Business Lounge

Free use of the Business Lounge at Wakefield One for client meetings whenever you  need it.

Business Alerts

Information from companies procuring services, expansion announcements and nomination criteria with application dates for companies to enter local/national awards.

The cost of a membership

The Wakefield First Bondholder Scheme re-invests 100% back into the development and marketing of our district.
The Scheme promotes what makes Wakefield “The Best District” for Business.

Number of employeesAnnual contribution
0-10 employees£247
11-20 employees£395
21-30 employees£750
31-50 employees£1,000
51-200 employees£2,000
201-500 employees£3,000
501 or over employees£4,999