Our Year Partners

Together, Our Year -Wakefield 2024 and our partners are creating 366 days of culture and creativity for everyone across the Wakefield District.

We would like to thank our funders, sponsors and LEAP club members for their support. Find out more about becoming a LEAP Club member here.

LEAP Club

Academy of Live Technology

The Academy of Live Technology offers degrees and short courses to support the next generation of live experience professionals. Students are given a unique opportunity to learn on a campus on Production Park in Wakefield, West Yorkshire where many of the world’s biggest stars, shows, and brands come to create, innovate, experiment and rehearse.

Previously called Backstage Academy, the institution changed its name in May 2023 to the Academy of Live Technology in a considered process to align with the rapidly evolving live experience and entertainment industry.

ALT has now opened a second campus at Rock Lititz in the USA, delivered by Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCA&D), with courses in Live Event Design & Production.

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Bluestone

 

Bluestone is an award-winning independent finance broker providing cost-effective solutions to UK businesses for over 25 years. Taking a consultative approach,

Bluestone works closely with partners and customers to establish long-term relationships, providing solutions such as Asset finance (Finance Lease, Operating Lease & Hire Purchase), Cashflow loans, Invoice finance, VAT loans, Self-assessment loans, PI Insurance loans, Corporation tax loans and Vehicle finance.

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Farmer Copley's

A family run farm shop, Moo Café, function space and events centre based in West Yorkshire between Pontefract and Featherstone. The Copley family has been farming for over 140 years with the aim to showcase British agriculture to our community whilst also getting people engaged with the countryside and helping people learn where their food comes from and how it is produced.

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Grace & Taylor

Event production specialists. We deliver safe, seamless events for our clients.

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Innovation Productions

Innovation Productions specialise in the supply of technical equipment and expertise for the events and entertainment industry.  We provide design, hire, sales, installation and service across a wide range of technologies. In addition we provide overall project or asset management. We cover Theatre, TV, Education, Corporate Events, Private Parties, Exhibitions and Displays. We additionally support many other areas that can make use of our production and technical talents.

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MINT

Mint HR are a local, friendly and no-nonsense HR consultancy supporting SMEs. We act like your own in-house HR team, meaning you can come to us for any people-related solutions. We can support you with everything from new starters to leavers – and all that’s in between… including grievances, disciplinaries, terminations, redundancies, TUPEs, mental health and menopause in the workplace, bespoke training, employee contracts, handbooks and policies or staff reward programmes. And we don’t tie you into a pricey monthly retainer. Instead, Mint HR offer packages of hours – which can be used whenever you need us – so we are value for money, too.

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Northern Media

Northern Media is an agency based in Wakefield, that provides a range of digital marketing and creative services to a diverse range of businesses. Though we’ve come a long way since the business was set up in 2009, one thing that hasn’t changed is the basic values that we work to.

We are committed to providing high quality work across all services, focused on generating results and also look to build enjoyable relationships with every client. Whether we act as your marketing department, are building your new website or are undertaking an SEO or social media campaign, we will remain focused on delivering a return on your investment.

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Production Park

 

Production Park is a curated community of studios, technology and talent. A place where global tours are staged, film comes to life, and the virtual becomes reality – we are an ecosystem dedicated to live production and entertainment.

Artists, brands and productions that have created their shows here, rehearsed or filmed include;  Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Arctic Monkeys, ITV, BBC, Sky, BT Sport, Biffy Clyro, The Killers, Bank of Dave (Netflix), Little Mix, Coldplay, Red Bull Racing, Cirque du Soleil and many more.

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The Ridings

At The Ridings, you’ll find a range of great shops, entertainment & dining experiences, all undercover, under one roof. From national stores like M&S & Boots to numerous independent, local businesses. like Niche Handbags and Grind Coffee House, Toyland, and The Hummingbird Collective.

We also have the only city centre cinema; Reel cinema and our new FREE indoor adventure play area. We also have lots of FREE events, from our award-winning Cuppa Club with AgeUk to baking workshops with Karen Wright, and Bi-weekly amazing handmade fayre, curated by Little Hummingbird events. All-day parking in our undercover car park is also available for £3.50 and it’s only 50p on Sundays & Bank Holidays.

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Simul Digital

Simul Digital is a forward-thinking digital agency that thrives on pushing boundaries and transforming ideas into reality. With a team of talented professionals, we offer a comprehensive range of services for SME’s from web design and development to bespoke and innovative real visual solutions.

Delivering e-commerce growth through internal system integration, driving both efficiency and profitability for clients, all of which are supported by detailed digital marketing strategies and exceptional customer service. We believe in fostering long-term partnerships with our clients, understanding their unique goals, and providing personalized solutions to help them succeed in the digital age.

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Solupak

Based in Yorkshire in the North of England, we service the UK and our distributors for Europe, the Far East and Australaisia. As specialists in commercial cleaning products , we employ a full in-house technical formulation and development team. Manufacturing is all done on site in the UK as well as the concept, R&D, testing, manufacturing, packaging and distribution.

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Studio J Architects

Studio J Architects are a Wakefield based, RIBA Chartered practice. Working throughout Yorkshire and the north. We understand how important your property is to you, and we share your excitement when it comes to improving your home or work life through great architecture. Our team of experienced architects are genuine experts in our field, and passionate about creating lasting architecture that is bespoke to your needs. We believe all projects are unique and should be treated with care and consideration to ensure you receive a service second to none, and a building to be proud of.

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The Yorkshire Broker

We are a Commercial Insurance Broker. We can offer a wide range of products that will help protect businesses and property owners of all shapes and sizes.

The Yorkshire Broker was formed to, help bring back independent broking to Yorkshire and personal service with integrity at our core and, as a team, we have over 40 years’ experience in commercial insurance and have expertise in several sectors. With that we can offer you expert advice when it comes to your insurance.

We are an Insurance Broker, but we are also community builders, community investors and community lovers.

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Trinity Walk

Open air wide spacious malls, around 70 stores and services, free Wi-Fi, 50p evening & Sunday parking, 1,000 parking spaces.

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WDH

WDH provide homes for rent or shared ownership in the Wakefield district and across Yorkshire.

Since WDH was established in 2005, we have gone from strength to strength. We are now one of the UK’s largest social housing providers, with over 32,000 homes across the Wakefield district and our wider operating area across the north of England.

Our vision is to create confident communities. This is underpinned by our mission which is to inspire, transform and promote excellence and our values – to be creative, inclusive and work with integrity.

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We Are Wakefield

We Are Wakefield provides opportunities for you to connect with other local businesses and organisations from a wide variety of sectors. We are a not-for-profit organisation that exists for the benefit of our members.

We connect business with education, local authority, culture, and charitable/community organisations. We support growth via opportunities to engage with a wider business community through fantastic events, a vibrant e-newsletter and the We Are Wakefield Podcast.

By looking at how we can work together, we are strengthening our local economy and safeguarding our futures.  We are a collaborative, supportive business community.

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Wordsmiths Unlimited

Wordsmiths Unlimited is a virtual copywriting team that brings you glory through the power of stories. Founded by Louise Turner, this successful business celebrates its 12th birthday in December 2023. With expert writers and designers at hand, there’s nothing this team can’t do. Whatever your industry, we’re the fairy godmother to your Cinderella. Wordsmiths also have a sister company called Awards Writers, who, you guessed it, write awards. There are decades of experience in this team, with 80% of entries making it onto shortlists since 2012 clearly demonstrating their expertise.

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Sponsors

Haribo

The UK’s number one treat was launched in 1995 and has recently celebrated its 25th birthday.

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Tileyard North

Tileyard North is a creative industries destination in Wakefield offering world-class music studios, creative office spaces & more, and will, without doubt, put Wakefield on the map as the ‘new creative destination in the North of England’.

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