12th August

It’s been a busy month since my last update. The month started with the opening of The Plex in Wakefield, a new creative business space owned by TopicUK partners, Wakefield Business Centres. This beautiful building is on Margaret Street, just behind Wakefield College and Wakefield Girls High School. The official opening took place on 10th July, with a plaque unveiled by Wakefield Businessman Sir Rodney Walker, accompanied by his wife Lady Ann. The Plex offers office accommodation, hot desking and meeting facilities.

The following evening I attended the opening of Wakefield Theatre’s new creative innovation centre, again opened by Sir Rodney and Lady Ann Walker, who have been supporters of the theatre for many years. This new space will allow the theatre much more space to add to their performances and welcomes the general public with a bar and seating area to the front.

Continuing our support of the Arts and following the competition we ran for a lucky TopicUK reader to win two tickets to see Summer Holiday, starring the wonderful Ray Quinn, who we were lucky enough to interview in advance, I also enjoyed the performance of this fabulous show.  This week I am lucky enough to be joining the Grand Theatre again, for an exclusive dress rehearsal performance of Calendar Girls, the latest Gary Barlow and Tim Firth production. We ran a social media competition and gave away 10 pairs of tickets to lucky TopicUK followers in our prize draw. I am looking forward to meeting some of them at the event.

What better way to start the month of August than Yorkshire Day on the 1st. I went along to Oracle Bar in Leeds to join many others from the Leeds creative industries for a summer BBQ and get together. You can read about this and some of our other events either in our next publication or online.

Speaking of Yorkshire Day, we are delighted to announce that we are now working in partnership with The Yorkshire Society, helping to promote this fantastic organisation as well as looking after their PR needs, now that long standing supporter of TopicUK Sir Rodney Walker has become their new chairman following the departure of Keith Madeley.  Coming up in the next edition, we will provide updates of forthcoming events, including the prestigious Yorkshire Awards.

Without giving away too much, coming up in our next edition, we feature The Manor House at Lindley, Huddersfield. We were invited along this week for dinner and to look around this beautiful new hotel and at this stage all I am going to say is WOW!

The following day I attended my first Premiership football match as a guest of TopicUK partner Chadwick Lawrence, Yorkshire’s legal people in their private box. This was the first match of the season where the home team met visitors Chelsea. Sadly, we didn’t manage to score and Chelsea left with a three goal win, but it certainly didn’t spoil the enjoyment of the day!

I close this update with the exciting news that we have launched our second publication Urban Market. Urban Market is a more of a newspaper than a magazine and features everything food and drink that Yorkshire has to offer. We talk about local manufacturers of top quality food, vegetables, fruit, drink etc and encourage our readers to buy the fantastic array of produce that is available locally. We tempt you with the best afternoon teas in the area and the best vegan restaurants in Leeds. Yorkshire is bursting at the seams with small local producers of cheese, vegetables, bakery and craft beer and gin, why would you want to go anywhere else? And whilst supporting these local cottage industries, you are doing the environment a favour too, less time the food travels, the better it is for all of us. Pick up your free copy now at the many farm shops and garden centres across the region, or give me a shout if you can’t find one as they are sure to be popular. editor@urbanmarket.uk