Virtual Conference for manufacturers

When: Tuesday 7th July (10.00-11.00)

Media Platform: Zoom

The Wakefield Manufacturing Forum is delighted to host a virtual conference in relation to current funding schemes available to local manufacturers.

Led by Tim Mee, Chair of the WMF, the event will begin with expert contributions from key personnel in this field. The focus will not simply be on options related to the impact of COVID-19, but will also consider and discuss a range of other projects currently available.

The session will include a significant Q&A section to discuss individual circumstances and enquiries and give attendees the opportunity to raise queries specific to them. The group will include members of the public and private sector and there will be first hand experience passed on by local manufacturers.

For a conference invitation please contact so that you can be added to the attendee list. The Zoom link will be listed on our twitter page @MadeInWakey and on the Forum’s website nearer to the time. If you have any specific questions that you would like to discuss in detail please let us know using the same contact address.


  • David Whiteley

Manufacturing Growth Manager, Manufacturing Growth Programme

Discussing capital and consultancy grants available to local manufacturers.

  • Adrian Bird

Employer Engagement Manager, Employment Hub Wakefield Council

Focus on Council-led funding schemes available, specifically in response to COVOD-19


  • Mindir Paul

Business Advisor, Leeds City Region Ad:venture Programme

Advising on the AD:VENTURE program which offers a comprehensive and innovative mix of tailored business support to boost growth and develop businesses in their early years

  • Guy Foster​

Business Advisor, West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce

Chamber support for a variety of requirements including documentation, regulation and import/export queries. Guidance on the latest Government announcements in relation to manufacturers

About the WMF

The Wakefield Manufacturing Forum brings together various local bodies to give manufacturers a powerful voice across the Wakefield area.

The Forum works on behalf of manufacturers to lobby local and national government about issues affecting the manufacturing sector and liaises with the education sector to address skills shortages.

Through the Wakefield Manufacturing Forum companies engaged in manufacturing activities in the Wakefield area can access dedicated support which will:

  • signpost to relevant funding and support
  • offer help with supply chain issues and opportunities
  • organise factory visits to gain insight into good practice
  • enable network between manufacturers
  • provide a single point of contact for manufacturers’ questions