Wakefield Business Awards 2021: Forged in Wakefield celebrate business boost with plans for new premises as deadline for entry draws nearer

As the deadline for the Wakefield Express Excellence in Business Awards draws nearer, we check in with sponsor Forged in Wakefield, who are celebrating a financial boost.

Friday, 2nd July 2021, 4:28 pm

A couple who launched a successful gin company have been given a financial boost to help move to larger premises.

Soaring demand for the spirit has left Gary and Victoria Ford, of Forged in Wakefield looking for a new home.

And thanks to a £25,000 growth grant, the company will relocate from Sandal to Tileyard North, next to the Hepworth Gallery.

As the deadline for the Wakefield Express Excellence in Business Awards draws nearer, we check in with sponsor Forged in Wakefield, who are celebrating a financial boost. Gary and Victoria Ford, of Forged in Wakefield, outside the Tileyard North development.
As the deadline for the Wakefield Express Excellence in Business Awards draws nearer, we check in with sponsor Forged in Wakefield, who are celebrating a financial boost. Gary and Victoria Ford, of Forged in Wakefield, outside the Tileyard North development.

The company has been given the grant by AD:VENTURE, which helps new businesses.

Gary said: “Vicky and I had no idea what was involved in running a small business when we started. Moving into the premises will mean we can employ staff and take the business to the next phase.”

Coun Darren Byford, cabinet member for economic growth, at Wakefield Council, said: “Forged in Wakefield is exactly what it says, a great company and product forged in our district which is full of amazing creative people doing amazing things.”

The gin is sold via the firm’s website and to about 50 farm shops, bars, restaurants and clubs.

As the deadline for the Wakefield Express Excellence in Business Awards draws nearer, we check in with sponsor Forged in Wakefield, who are celebrating a financial boost.

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If you haven’t put yourself forward or nominated a colleague for a Wakefield Express Excellence in Business Award, then there is still time.

Entries are open until Monday, August 30, and the winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony, with a gala dinner attended by guests from across the business scene in October.

As well as a drinks reception, deluxe three-course meal and entertainment, we’re promising you the chance to celebrate the very best that business in Wakefield has to offer.

If you haven’t put yourself forward or nominated a colleague for a Wakefield Express Excellence in Business Award, then there is still time.

The awards represent a chance to celebrate the incredible businesses that have kept our city and district going through these uncertain times.

Whether your business has led the way in adopting new technologies, you have started a business from the ground up, have been serving your community or been focused on supporting new employees, we want to help celebrate every single one of your achievements.

And if you know of another local business who’s done something worth shouting about, remember you can also submit a nomination on their behalf or that of another business person.

This year’s awards are sponsored by a whole host of big local names, including Wakefield College, Haribo, craft gin distillers Forged in Wakefield and First, the council’s business support programme.

Gavin Murray, Wakefield Express editor said: “Your businesses create jobs, investment and wealth for the people of our city.

“And that commitment to Wakefield needs recognising, so make sure you enter and don’t miss out.”

Visit wakefieldbusinessawards.co.uk to find out more or sign up today.