Wakefield Top 100

The Wakefield Top 100 Companies initiative aims to help shine a light on the fantastic businesses of Wakefield, promoting the district as a place to do business with unrivalled investment and growth opportunities. 

The initiative is a joint project between Wakefield First as part of Wakefield Council, University of Huddersfield, and 3M Buckley Innovation Centre (3M BIC) and is designed to celebrate and measure business growth across the region. 

Published annually every spring, the list is compiled by Huddersfield Business School, using a set of consistent metrics that include a combination of turnover, profit, employee numbers and growth. The data is derived from published company accounts of locally registered firms drawn from the Bureau Van Dijk - FAME database.

View the online Wakefield Top 100 2024/25 e-brochure here.

The official launch event for the inaugural Wakefield Top 100 List took place on Wednesday 8th May 2024 at an exclusive invitation only event for businesses who were on the official list. The event was hosted by partner organisations at the fantastic Tileyard North, a state-of-the-art creative industries hub, based at Rutland Mills Wakefield.

Councillor Michael Graham commented:

"The Wakefield Top 100 initiative will help showcase and celebrate the districts rich and diverse business community who are leading the way.

"The launch event will create a lasting legacy which we hope will be celebrated for years to come and will put Wakefield on the map as the place for business, investment and growth."

Aims and Objectives

The core aims and objectives of the Wakefield Top 100 Companies initiative are:

  • To strengthen bonds between the Wakefield business community.
  • To instil prestige for members of the Wakefield Top 100 Companies and offer the benefits of exclusive networking and relationships between members.
  • To better coordinate the efforts of the major anchor institutions in developing relationships with the Wakefield Top 100 Companies and ensuring they are well informed around the future of the Wakefield economy.
  • To broker stronger relationships between the Wakefield Top 100 Companies and founding partners to increase the take up of local talent; education and skills initiatives; innovation and business support; and other appropriate initiatives.
  • To encourage stronger engagement between smaller firms and larger organisations on the Wakefield Top 100 Companies list to encourage greater collaboration, sharing expertise and business opportunities.


Wakefield First - part of Wakefield Council

Wakefield First is a team of Business Support Officers who provide free independent support to new and existing business across the Wakefield  district.  Whatever your business needs Wakefield First are here to help your business start, develop and grow.

Wakefield First

3M Buckley Innovation Centre

The 3M Buckley Innovation Centre is a leading hub where businesses can innovate, connect and grow, through access to technology and expertise for product development, grow-on space and research & collaboration opportunities.

3M Buckley Innovation Centre

University of Huddersfield

Based at Queensgate, The University of Huddersfield is a modern and innovative university, dedicated to helping students towards career success.

University of Huddersfield

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If you have any enquiries related to the Wakefield Top 100 Companies please contact: top100@wakefield.gov.uk