Sponsored by Leeds Beckett Enterprise Hub - Start Up Business Award

Sponsored by Leeds Beckett Enterprise Hub - Start Up Business Award

At Leeds Beckett University, we work with thousands of businesses, providing a wide range of skills and support to help businesses to grow and thrive. We have a strong history of supporting early stage businesses through our University Business Centres, which are currently home to over 200 small businesses.

We provide a range of tailored support to businesses including access to funding, business advice, mentoring, professional training, networking events, affordable office space, free business lounges, access to academic research expertise, knowledge transfer activities and access to graduate talent.

In the past 15 years Leeds Beckett University Business Centres have successfully supported more than 800 businesses to grow, creating over 1,300 jobs and with collective turnover in excess of £42 million.

Our business centre support is proven to almost double early stage sustainability with more than 95 per cent of businesses trading after two years as opposed to 50 per cent without support.

An ERDF funded Ad:Venture business growth support programme has recently been launched by the university, it’s aim is to help early stage businesses to accelerate their growth and provide free support to high growth businesses less than three years old.

Leeds Beckett University Enterprise and Innovation Manager Katie Rigarlsford said: “We have a strong history of supporting business creation and growth and are delighted to sponsor the Wakefield Express Business Awards to recognise the ambitions of early stage businesses in the Wakefield district.”

University business support and free business lounge facilities are available in Leeds and at Wakefield One:

T: 01924 688059

E: eiahub@leedsbeckett.ac.uk


Sponsored by Wakefield Council - Business of the Year

Sponsored by Wakefield Council - Business of the Year

Sponsored by NGC Networks - Small to Medium Business of the Year

Sponsored by NGC Networks - Small to Medium Business of the Year

Based in Wakefield, NGC Networks is a business communications company specialising in telecommunications and internet connectivity solutions across the North of England. NGC plan, deploy and support a comprehensive range of telecommunications solutions for many organisations. We are specialists in business telephony, including traditional and Voice over IP (VoIP) technology, business mobiles and connectivity solutions. NGC are proud to be the exclusive launch partner of Cityfibre’s ultrafast pure fibre network in Wakefield, providing gigabit speed internet connectivity to local businesses in the area.

Sponsored by Haribo - New Business of the Year

Sponsored by Haribo - New Business of the Year

Sponsored by HSBC - International Business of the Year

Sponsored by HSBC - International Business of the Year

Proud to sponsor the International Business of the Year

Sponsored by Trinity Walk - Customer Service Award

Sponsored by Trinity Walk - Customer Service Award

Welcome to Yorkshire, welcome to Trinity Walk shopping centre, Wakefield.


Trinity Walk, in the heart of Wakefield, has something for everyone – from fashion and food to loads of family fun.


With around 60 stores, sleek, modern architecture, spacious wide malls, an iconic central mall roof and easy access by car (with its own 1,000-space car park directly off the inner ring road) and convenient public transport (right next to the bus station), Trinity Walk is now well established as one of the must-visit shopping destinations in Yorkshire.


The centre, which opened in 2011, offers shoppers everything from Debenhams - Wakefield’s only department store - and trendy high street fashion, glamorous looks and gorgeous gifts to every day essentials plus one of the largest Sainsbury’s superstores in the area.


It’s the focus of much of Wakefield’s best fashion retailing with a line-up that includes Next, Pandora, Topshop, Topman, H&M, New Look, River Island, JD, Select, Jack & Jones as well as Deichmann, Clarks, H Samuel, Peter Jones, Claire’s Accessories and many more. 


Plus there’s a host of family favourites such as WH Smith, Argos, ASDA Living, The Entertainer, Apple reseller KRCS, Poundland, Clintons, Trespass, The Works and Game. It’s also the place to indulge in some TLC with The Body Shop, The Fragrance Store and LUSH as well as extensive beauty counters in Debenhams, Superdrug and others.


And Trinity Walk is not all about the shopping, there’s two hairdressers – the exclusive Room:97 and the popular Supercuts – plus the 24-hour PureGym and plenty of cafés, restaurants and eateries for that well-deserved break. Choose from the likes of Handmade Burger Co, Pizza Express, The Chinese Buffet, Costa, Caffè Nero, Burger King and Greggs.


Trinity Walk is open 7 days a week and late on Thursdays. See the website www.trinitywalk.com for details of what’s here, how to find us, car park prices and much more. Join us on Facebook for offers and follow is on Twitter @trinitywalk

Sponsored by YPO - People

Sponsored by YPO - People's Choice Award

Working with suppliers of all sizes to deliver value nationwide

YPO, the UK’s largest publicly owned buying organisation, is a true Yorkshire-based organisation that has continued to provide business investment and employment opportunities to the Wakefield area for several decades. The organisation is owned by 13 founder member authorities, including Wakefield Council, and an expanding list of associate member authorities across the wider public sector.  

Whilst the organisation celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2014 as YPO, its roots can actually be traced back to 1915 when it began operating as West Riding County Supplies. In 1974, Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation was established constitutionally as a Joint Committee of Local Authorities. The aim was to aggregate the procurement spend of its owning local authorities and help drive public sector efficiency savings through its bulk buying power for supplies and contract services.

Following a re-brand at the end of 2012, the organisation is today known simply as YPO and employs over 500 people in the Yorkshire region. With primary and secondary education as its core business, each year, YPO supplies a diverse range of products including over 30 million exercise books, 230 tons of glue sticks, and contracts including electricity, gas and photocopiers to schools throughout the UK.

Over the past four decades, YPO has worked tirelessly to help public sector customers make the best use of their ever squeezed budgets. From schools and charities to the NHS and emergency services, the organisation has consistently returned its profits to the public purse, helping to save money and deliver efficiencies back to frontline public services.

This year, the organisation already secured the title of Supplier of the Year at the BESA Education Resources Awards for the second consecutive year, and was ranked 71st in the Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Companies to Work For 2015.

With a vision that every public sector organisation should achieve the best possible value for money when purchasing goods and services, YPO aims to develop close working relationships with suppliers of all sizes who identify with this goal. Last year, YPO spent £4.7 million with suppliers based in Wakefield alone. In the Yorkshire and Humber region, spend with suppliers amounted to £42.3 million.

YPO is delighted to be sponsoring the Small to Medium Business of the Year category at the Wakefield District Business Awards 2015, and supporting business growth in the local and regional economy.


Sponsored by The Business School at Wakefield College - Business Person of the Year

Sponsored by The Business School at Wakefield College - Business Person of the Year

Training the business leaders of tomorrow with the Business School at Wakefield College.

Are you looking to upskill in a core business function to start out on your career? Are you experienced in your industry but need to gain a qualification to improve your chances of career progression?

The Business School at Wakefield College has a long history of providing high quality courses for those wishing to actively improve their careers and future prospects through professional development. Our enviable links with employers mean our courses are current and keep up to date with the rapidly changing business landscape, giving you a competitive edge in the jobs market and career progression.

The Business School collaborates with a range of prestigious professional bodies to offer a range of courses in areas including accountancy, HR, leadership and management, customer service, retail and procurement.

This spring will also see the opening of the College’s new Advanced Skills and Innovation Centre (ASIC). The £7M centre will help transform high-level skills in Wakefield and become a hub for entrepreneurship, enterprise and innovation.

For more information, please visit www.wakefield.ac.uk/businessschool


Employee of the Year - Juice Personnel

Employee of the Year - Juice Personnel

Juice Personnel provide a temporary and permanent recruitment service to Clients and Candidates throughout the Yorkshire region and our ‘Refreshingly Different’ approach ensures the best possible outcome for all parties.

Since the launch of Juice Personnel in 2003, our quality driven team of Consultants have built relationships that last, provided an honest and reliable service and become an integral part of our Clients recruitment process.

Juice is now recognised as one of the leading suppliers of temporary and permanent staff within our region and offer extensive services in the Commercial, Logistic, Care and Therapy industry sectors.

We are experts at working in partnership with our Clients and Candidates. Our feedback tells us that we consistently exceed expectations. Our staff are passionate about their work and offer a dedicated consultancy to assist you in your process. Our philosophy has always been based on mutual understanding, honesty and integrity and our aim is to build relationships that endure.


Lynda Hargill
Telephone: 0113 2 388197

Karen Cross
Telephone: 0113 2 388201

The Wakefield Business Awards 2017
on Thursday 15th June 2017

Cedar Court Hotel
Denby Dale Road
Calder Grove