Amid the news that Wakefield’s Cultural Consortium has been awarded £223,000 through Arts Council England’s Cultural Destinations initiative, Bondholders’ first Friday (3rd March) will welcome Jenny Layfield who will showcase what this means to local businesses.
As one of the founding members of the consortium and General Manager of Nostell National Trust, Jenny will put the spotlight on the district’s ‘Why Visit’ offering, detailing why great partnerships will be vital to increasing visitors, raising the profile of the city and further developing the district’s economy.
Jenny Layfield comments: “Wakefield’s Cultural Consortium is not only striving to enhance Wakefield’s cultural offering, but also to provide a boost for the wider local economy.
“This funding is excellent news for Wakefield’s cultural hotspots and for the many businesses that will benefit from increased visitor numbers. So far partnership working has helped us to secure funding and we are certainly looking forward to welcoming visitor businesses to our group who can share in our vision and our goal of attracting more and more people to our amazing district.”
Tim Howe, of Wakefield Bondholders, adds: “Wakefield Bondholders is proud to work in partnership with Wakefield’s Cultural Consortium. These funds will certainly go a long way in showcasing the fantastic cultural destinations and attractions that our district has to offer, helping us to reinforce why Wakefield is a great place to visit, invest in and live!”
In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week (6th -10th March) and with the aim of demonstrating how much apprentices can bring to business; the March first Friday will be brought to you by a team of nine apprentices from Wakefield Council.
Delivering a special presentation as part of The Brathay Challenge, a national competition which pitches teams of apprentices against each other with the goal of raising awareness of apprenticeships amongst business, young people and parents, the team will join the networking whilst also facilitating the event.
Bondholder first Friday’s continue to be a must attend event for local businesses with ambition and a passion for Wakefield. Chaired by Adrian Spawforth, Wakefield Bondholders Chair, the event will also feature networking opportunities alongside a breakfast of hot sandwiches, pastries and fruit.
Wakefield first Friday will take place on Friday 3rd March from 8:45am to 11:30am in The Conference Room next to Gaskells Restaurant, Wakefield College, Wakefield City Campus, Margaret Street, Wakefield, WF1 2DH. Tickets are available now and cost just £10.00.