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a BUSINESS networking group has invited Wakefield Council leader Peter Box to speak at its next meeting.

Wakefield’s business networking event first Friday will hear Mr Box talk on June 3 at the Cedar Court Hotel in the city.

A spokesman for first Friday said: “Coun Box will provide delegates with an insight into how Wakefield bucked the recession, focussing on the progress of the city’s key development areas. He will also detail the role the recently formed Wakefield Enterprise Partnership will play in the district’s future prosperity.”

Mr Box is expected to discuss the Trinity Walk development and Wakefield’s plans to promote economic growth.

Mohan de Silva, first’s chief executive, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Coun Peter Box to the next first Friday.

“The city’s key development areas have raised Wakefield’s profile as a place to work, live and play and it’s thanks to the determination of the council that these schemes remained on track, despite the recession.”

To book a place at the event, telephone Faye Yarrow on 01924 302080 or email fyarrow@wakefield.gov.uk.

The event runs from 12-2pm and there is a charge of £25 plus VAT (£30) per delegate.

Alex Newman, partner at Irwin Mitchell in Leeds

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