Wakefield is home to a number of global companies

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Wakefield is home to a number of global companies

Wakefield is a city and the main settlement and administrative centre of the City of Wakefield, a metropolitan district of West Yorkshire, England; located by the River Calder, on the eastern edge of the Pennines. Wakefield has built its economy in recent years on urban regeneration and securing inward investment, as well as diversifying its economic base. Manufacturing now encompasses 11.5% of all local employment.

Wakefield is home to a number of global companies including Coca Cola, Haribo and Warburtons. Local manufacturers continue to invest and increase their workforces. The region has a national reputation with developers and investors, with a sustained track record of delivery through strong leadership, effective long term planning and a clear vision for the future through its 25 year Local Development Framework. Wakefield has great potential for business growth and has been successful in improving its economy over the last decade.

Wakefield aims to maintain its economic diversity and resilience of key concentrations of economic activity and to support the continued employment and economic growth of six key sectors:

• Business and Professional Services

• Digital, Creative and Cultural Industries

• Environmental Technologies

• Manufacturing

• Food and Drink

• Logistics

Food and Drink

The sector is particularly strong in Wakefield and benefits from excellent connectivity, a good skills base and a strong presence of leading brands and food and drink manufacturers.


Wakefield has the fourth highest volume of warehousing floor space and the 11th highest number of people employed in this sector in England. The sector has experienced strong recent employment growth and Wakefield’s central location, availability of high quality accommodation, and strategic motorway access offers competitive advantages for time critical logistics businesses.

Key Statistics Include:

  • 71.3% of people aged 16-64 are in employment (September 2014)
  • 11.7% of jobs are in manufacturing and 10.2% are in transport and storage (2014)
  • 23.1% of employment is in the public sector (2014)

Read more in our regional labour market profile.