Who are we?

We Are Wakefield Ltd is a not-for-profit organisation run for the benefit of the members.  Our revenue is from membership subscriptions which enable us to provide business support through events, information, valuable connections and guidance to assist growth and stability.

Our Managing Director, Claire Sutherley, has a wealth of experience in running SMEs within the Wakefield District and has worked within the local authority as an SME Business Growth Manager.

We Are Wakefield is Chaired by Sir Rodney Walker, and steered by a Board of Directors made up of local business owners and entrepreneurs.  You can meet the team HERE.

What do we do?

We Are Wakefield provides opportunities for you to connect with other local businesses and organisations from a wide variety of sectors.

We connect business with education, local authority, culture, and charitable/community organisations.

Opportunities to engage with a wider business network equals growth.  We Are Wakefield gives you the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals all on the same business journey. 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.

How does it work?

We organise monthly networking events, usually on the first Friday of the month at a fantastic venue within the Wakefield District. The venue changes each month to give our members the opportunity to discover new places or revisit some of the fantastic spaces we have on our doorstep.  Members register to attend events via Eventbrite and details can be found on our EVENTS page.

Members can book “pop-up” stands at the events on a first-come-first-served basis.  This enables members to raise their profile and brand recognition within the group.

There are lots of other opportunities to get to know fellow members at social events such as The Wakefield Business Lunch, the WAW Quiz Nights and other great events throughout the year.  We also deliver THE WAKEFIELD BUSINESS AWARDS in November each year.

We have a fortnightly Member E-Newsletter which is distributed across the membership and beyond and enjoys an average 75% click rate.  Members can submit content via our dedicated inbox.  We share member-to-member offers, good news stories and our “Collaboration of the Month” competition.

Our members are encouraged to share challenges, knowledge and best practice.  Can you work more locally by reviewing supply chains and sourcing within the WAW membership? Our members support each other to work locally and more sustainably.

What does it cost?

Corporate Membership starts at £350 for the year which can be paid in monthly instalments by Direct Debit.

We have special rates for new start businesses and registered charities.

All our membership rates are listed on the MEMBERSHIP page.

How Do I Become a Member?

The best way to see if WAW is for you, is to book to attend our next event as a first time taster session.  A small charge of £10.50 will be made on booking. Check out the Events page to see when and where the next event is happening. The booking link will be contained in the event information.

When you want to become a member, you simply complete the online membership form HERE.

We will then contact you to get you fully onboarded and utilising your membership to its full potential.

If you need any further information please contact us at:


Contact Us

Email: info@wearewakefield.org.uk

Email: rachael@wearewakefield.org.uk

Telephone: 01924 965585

Address: Office 3 The Harrison Suite, Nostell Estate Yard, Nostell, Wakefield WF4 1AB


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