Second Success – Third Pending

If you were lucky enough to get tickets to our SOLD OUT Wakefield City Centre Roadshow Launch Event, then you will understand this headline.

There was no other term of phrase to describe our event at The Art House as a resounding success; drinks flowed, people chatted, networking galore.

Mike Denby opened the event and thanked all members and non-members for coming, then followed his beautifully worded and heart-warming speech by showcasing our brand-new re-launch video. Applause filled the room. He then welcomed on to stage the our guest of honour, all the way from London, Head of Marketing for Tileyard, Lucy Macieira. She treated us all to an insightful about Tileyard’s plans and how their plans for the north are booming.

After everyone was uplifted and in good spirits thanks to our two amazing speakers, everyone networked and chatted away, exchanging business cards and discussing how they can help each other’s businesses – a sure delight to watch and be a part of.

Behind the scene we have been dealing with the generic issues that come with a worldwide global pandemic; How can we be safe? What happens if someone tests positive? How can we use the pandemic to our advantage? We have had to deal with it all!

Late and sleepless nights, last-minute pull togethers, endless fidgeting thinking that we have forgotten something – our team have had to endure it all. But we can honestly say that when everything finally comes together and we get to see the joyous occasion of a networking event after over a year out, it really does make all of the hard work worth it – so thank you to our past, present and future attendees for making our first two events such a success.

We still have two more events taking place next week:

Monday 20th September 2021 @ 10am at Junction 32 Outlet

Wednesday 22nd September 2021 @ 10am at Ossett Town Hall

And remember, you don’t have to be a We Are Wakefield member to attend!

See you there…

First Roadshow Launch Event Branded A Success

After delays and postponements due to the global pandemic, we were so thrilled to be able to welcome our members back face-to-face for the first official launch of We Are Wakefield!

This city is filled with beauty spots and picturesque scenery, and that was exactly what we showcased during our first roadshow event at Rogerthorpe Manor in Pontefract. Well kept, excellently maintained and beautiful gardens were the backdrop as we greeted our guests face-to-face for the first time in over a whole year…

A truly inspiring and welcoming speech opened the event by our Chair, Craig Shepherd, thanking everyone for coming and celebrating our event with us. All eyes soon turned to the huge screen at the head of the room where we aired our brand new re-launch video where we were introduced to like-minded business people who love the Wakefield area. Our Agency’s and We Are Wakefield Board member Lanie Green, We Are Wakefield’s Business Support Manager Victoria Fox, Economic Growth and Service Manager, Mike Denby and Managing Director of DSM Productions Daniel Smith all spoke about their love for the Wakefield area and the potential it has to be bigger and better than it al ready is.

Pastries, tea and coffee flowed all around as networking began with business cards exchanged and potential meetings arranged. This was not just any networking event, everyone chatted and mingled, and the entire day was a huge success! We cannot wait to welcome you back to networking and we hope to see you all soon at our remaining upcoming roadshow re-launch events.



Have you got your invite?

Are you a We Are Wakefield member? Or are you thinking of becoming one?

Well, we have just the event for you! We have recently just announced five roadshow events for the launch of We Are Wakefield where we will be travelling around the Wakefield district and visiting Wakefield Centre, Ossett, Featherstone, Pontefract and Castleford.

This is the perfect opportunity for your business to come and see what we are about, meet our expanding team, and get to know other members. We will be serving refreshments, and this is an excellent chance for you to meet like-minded businesses and entrepreneurs in the area.

Kicking things off at 10am, this will be the first chance you have to grab something to drink and get chatting to all members. All of the We Are Wakefield team will be there too so make sure to grab one of them for a chat! At 10.30am there will be a panel of guest speakers, as well as our brand new launch video which hasn’t yet been released! Following this at around 11am, a guest speaker will take to the stage to talk about all things Wakefield. From 11.15am onwards, you will have the chance to carry on networking and meet everyone who you didn’t have chance to have a chat with.

Our guest speaker will be different at each of the five events, along with who will be at each event. Some people are coming to every event to give them a chance to network with as many people as possible, others are just coming to one – the choice is yours!

Whilst social distancing has now been lifted, please note that we will try to still adhere to social distancing guidelines where possible and if you feel more comfortable wearing a mask to these events, then please do.

We are slowly getting back to a new normal way of networking. Some people are happy with hand shaking, others aren’t – so please respect each attendees decision and let’s all make everyone feel comfortable and enjoy this exciting event!

A personal invite has been sent to all of our members, but if you haven’t got one and would like one – please email and she will send one over to your inbox!

See you all soon…


Meet Our Members, Abbey industrial Solutions

To kick-start our new initiative of Meet Our Members, we caught up with Andrew Barraclough, the Sales and Marketing Director at Abbey Industrial Solutions to talk all things about the company and how they are leading the market for being independent providers of quality power tool systems and engineering innovations.

By working with multiple intelligent tooling specialists such as Cleco and Sturtevant Richmont, Abbey provides industry 4.0 ready bespoke solutions to improve the quality and efficiency in the manufacturing industry.

Having over 35 years of navigating the industry, Abbey’s experience has meant that they hold exclusive trading relationships with a number of different tool-leading manufacturers.

Andrew said: “The specialist manufacturer-trained teams at Abbey are uniquely and specifically placed to not just provide detailed product knowledge and tailored solutions, but to also suit each individuals’ particular needs and to oversee implementation of tooling and perform comprehensive maintenance services and repairs on all tooling assets.

“Abbey Industrial Solutions are known for being relied upon to provide solutions to help both maximise and optimise the manufacturing processes to take away the stress and concern for the consumer.

“Each and every person in the Abbey team are highly skilled specialists who are trained with the latest knowledge in engineering innovations from a variety of leading manufacturers.

“The team can provide bespoke tooling solutions to suit individual site requirements alongside complete end-to-end implementation and maintenance guidance to ensure that the consumer has all the knowledge and tools they need to get the most out of their experience.”

Advance your manufacturing processes and maximise the potential of tooling assets, with the experts at Abbey. Offering comprehensive service solutions combined with full traceability from our asset management systems, the lifespan of your tools is prolonged with product care plans developed to suit your individual needs.

Like what you hear and want to get in touch with the Abbey team to talk about your tooling needs? You can head over to their website and use their live calendar system to pick a date and time that best suits you for either a product demonstration or a consultation.