WHY Wakefield? – Andrew McPhillips, Chief Economist from the Northern Powerhouse Partnership
WHY Wakefield? Well I moved to Wakefield two years ago so there’s lots of reasons, comments Andrew McPhillips, Chief Economist from the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP) and Chair of Leeds Credit Union.
Here he talks briefly about location, culture and staying for longer!
Location, location, location makes Wakefield a huge draw for business.
In terms of connectivity it must be one of the best locations. One of the reasons I moved here was for the access to the railway as I travel so much for my job.
It’s well located on the East Coast mainline and close to the M1 and M62 for road travel and for access to Leeds/Bradford and Manchester airports.
On top of that Wakefield can offer affordable space, cheaper than Leeds despite only being a few miles down the road. We just need to ensure that businesses have a workforce available to them that possesses the skills they need, and the expansion of Wakefield College should begin to help with that.
In terms of visiting, it’s important that we continue to regenerate and build a vibrant town centre. We have the cultural offerings from the Hepworth, Nostell Priory and Wakefield Theatre Royal so by developing other assets to support these we can encourage visitors to stay for longer.
Andrew will take to the stage for Wakefield and the Northern Powerhouse at 09:30am on Wednesday 3rd October at Unity Hall as part of Wakefield Business Conference.
WBC is hosted by Mid Yorkshire Chamber in partnership with Wakefield Bondholders. Sponsored by NGC Networks it takes place on Wednesday 3rd October and sits at the heart of Wakefield Business Week (WBW) Monday 1st to Friday 5th October. WBW is delivered by Wakefield First as a platform for celebrating business success, bringing companies and individuals together to connect and collaborate.