Published: 5th May 2020

Wakefield Council, in partnership with higher education provider Backstage Academy, has secured £3.5m of grant funding for the live events sector within the region. The funding, secured from the European Regional Development Fund along with additional investment from Backstage Academy, will help to support innovation within the live events industry and its supply chain through the development of a specialist hub. The hub, which will be a state-of-the-art facility on the existing Production Park site on the Langthwaite Business Park in South Kirkby, will give small and medium enterprises (SMEs) access to resources and support to help them undertake product research and development in a purpose built environment. The 2,520m2 building will include large scale design and prototype spaces suitable for physical and virtual environments; multi-use spaces suitable for SME workshops, presentations and meetings; workshop space equipped with specialist equipment in areas such as rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing; pre-visualisation … (To read the full article, subscribe below)