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Misc : Location Benefits

The Quality and Quantity of facilities/amenities are important for the successful operation of the business. Facilities that enable business to operate efficiently, together with providing a lifestyle, that allow you to enjoy the fruits of work.

Clients will normally ensure that the Executive Suite meets all their requirements. However businesses do not always appreciate that the Raines location offers close proximity to Garages and other associates motor services such as tyres repairs close at hand for real convenience when you have a problem. The Postal Sorting office is just across the road, again a bonus for delivery of that last minute important letter. When it comes to entertaining clients or just having a short lunch break away from the office there are Restaurants a short walk away or a few minutes drive in the car. Hotels / Conference Facilities are close at hand offering a wide choice to suit most requirements.

Should you or staff be relocating life style will also be an important factor. Housing, Education and Leisure are all points to consider. If you or the family want Top Quality Spectator Sport and a wide variety of Shopping amenities Wakefield and Yorkshire offer probably the widest variety of services and different scenery in the country. Wakefield is centrally placed in the country with the help of the motorway system, rail and airports for the operation of your business whether it be as main office or as part of a network.


Banking
All the major banks are within a 6 minute walk.


Garages
Within walking distance of Raines House are excellent outlets for the purchase and servicing of quality vehicles :-
  • Mazda
  • Peugeot
  • Citroen
  • Jeep

    Other major dealers are no more than a 5 minute drive away:

  • Mercedes Benz
  • BMW
  • Toyota
  • Vauxhall
  • Citroen
  • Land Rover
  • Renault
  • VW
  • Audi
  • Jaguar
  • Seat
  • Volvo
  • Honda

    There are 3 National Tyre Services companies within a few minutes walking distance.

    The national car hire operators of Alamo, Enterprise, National just a few minutes drive away.


    National Rails Connections
    Wakefield Westgate Station has half hour connections to London Kings Cross and Leeds. The station provides connections to Huddersfield for Trans Pennine Services. Both Midland Mainline and Virgin connect to the Midlands and West Country. Numerous local services also available.


    Air Travel
    Within 90 drive of Wakefield there are a variety of Airports that will be able to service your needs. These are as follows :-
  • Leeds/Bradford International - 45 minutes from Wakefield
  • Doncaster/Sheffield Robin Hood - 45 minutes from Wakefield
  • Manchester International - 60 minutes from Wakefield
  • Humberside Airport - 60 minutes from Wakefield
  • East Midlands - 90 minutes from Wakefield
  • Durham Teesside - 90 minutes from Wakefield


    Shopping
    Retailers in the vicinity:

    Opposite Raines House is the Ings Road Retail Park which incorporates
  • Sainsbury's
  • Homebase
  • United Carpets
  • Matalan
  • BM

    The Cathedral Retail Park is situated adjacent to Raines House which includes :-
  • Staples (Office supplies)
  • B&Q (DIY)
  • Comet
  • Currys
  • Argos Superstore
  • Maplin Electronics
  • Toys R Us
  • Intersport Sporting Pro
  • plus many more outlets
  • PC World is at Albion Mills Retail Park opposite The Cathedral Retail Park on Ings Road.

    Trinity Walk and The Ridings Shopping Complex, all major banks and financial establishments in the city centre are just a short stroll away.


    Hotel/Conference
  • Cedar Court Hotel 4* Rating - off J39 M1
  • Travel Inn - off J39 M1
  • Holiday Inn Express - J39 M1
  • Holiday Inn - J40 M1
  • Days Hotel Wakefield - J40 M1
  • Oulton Hall - 4* Rating - 15 minutes away
  • Waterton Park Hotel - 3*Rating - 10 minutes from City Centre (Old House surrounded by lake and golf course)


    Restaurants
    The Cathedral Retail Park has the following food chains :-

  • Pizza Hut
  • Frankie and Bennies
  • Nando's
  • McDonalds (including Drive Thru)
  • KFC (including Drive Thru)
  • Subway (including Drive Thru)

    Other eating options in and around Wakefield include :-

  • Shoppers Restaurant in Sainsbury's opposite Raines House
  • The popular Brassiere Ninety-Nine based at Trinity Business Park - 5 mins walk
  • Bellaroma (Italian) - 5 min walk
  • Indian Palace (Indian) - 5 min walk
  • Rinaldis (Italian) - 5 min drive
  • Pagoda (Chinese) - 5 min drive
  • Shaban Tandoori (Indian) - 5 min drive
  • The Green House (Wine Bar) – 5 minutes drive
  • Aagrah (Indian) – 5 minutes drive



    Housing
    There are several suburbs and villages in the Wakefield area, all but a few minutes drive from the centre offering a wide variety of houses.


    Education
    Co-Ed Public School on the outskirts of the city 2 Single Sex Private Schools (one male and one female) within walking distance of the city centre which are very high in the league table for public examination results together with several good quality State schools


    Leisure Facilities
  • Thornes Park is a 5 minute walk from the Raines House. The park provides wide open spaces as well as a bowling green, pitch and putt and a running track.
  • Cineworld Multiplex cinema is in the Cathedral Retail Park
  • Wakefield Opera House enjoys a thriving local theatrical following
  • Major concert venues in the area, First Direct Leeds and Motorpoint Sheffield


    Places of interest in the Wakefield and surrounding areas:
  • Hepworth Gallery
  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park at Bretton
  • Sandal Castle
  • Yorkshire Mining Museum
  • Nostell Priory
  • Wakefield Cathedral in the city centre

    Yorkshire offers many cultural as well as interesting places to visit from the historical city of York and its Minster to North Yorkshire Dales, Bronte country at Haworth. TV programmes such as Last of the Summer Wine, Emmerdale Farm and numerous houses - Harewood House, Castle Howard, abbeys - Fountains, Kirkstall, museums including the National Photographic, Film and Television Museum Bradford, Royal Armouries and Thackray Medical Museum Leeds, National Railway Museum and Yorkshire Air Museum York, to mention but a few.


    Sporting Facilities

    Golf
    The Wakefield area has excellent facilities for golf, comprising 7 courses and a driving range in Walton. Within 1 hour there is a mecca of golf including :-
  • The first Ryder Cup course of Moortown Leeds
  • Ryder Cup courses of Ganton near Scarborough
  • Ryder Cup course Lindrick near Junction 31 M1 South of Sheffield
  • The original Mackenzie course of Alwoodley Leeds

    Leisure Centres
  • Swimming, squash, gym etc at Sun Lane Leisure complex in the city centre
  • Swimming, Gym, Badminton, Childrens Football etc at Rothwell Sports Centre, a 10 minute drive away

    Watersports
  • Pugneys Lake is handy for windsurfing and sailing which is 2 miles from Raines House on Denby Dale Road.

    Health Clubs / Fitness Centres
    Wakefield also boasts a number of fitness centres, the nearest being Xercise 4 Less adjacent to the centre and Wakefield Fitness & Wellbeing Centre just three minutes drive away with excellent facilities including swimming pool. Others are a short drive away
  • Wakefield Fitness & Wellbeing Centre
  • Total Fitness
  • Fitness First
  • Bannatyne
  • Indoor Ski Slope at Xscape Castleford

    Spectator Sports
  • Wakefield Wildcats Rugby League are in the Super League along with rivals such as Leeds Rhinos, Castleford Tigers, Bradford Bulls and Huddersfield Giants all within 30 minutes of Wakefield
  • For your football fix Leeds United, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday Huddersfield Town, Bradford City, Barnsley, Doncaster Rovers and Rotherham all within an easy drive of Wakefield
  • If Rugby Union is your sport there are the Yorkshire Tykes, and Rotherham not far away
  • The famous cricket ground at Headingley (Leeds) - home of Yorkshire County Cricket hosting Test Matches and One Internationals.
  • Racing at Pontefract (just off the M62 Jct 32)
  • The Ascot of the North" - York
  • St Leger Classic at Doncaster and numerous other racing venues within Yorkshire for both Flat and National Hunt racing. www.goracing.co.uk
  • Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield for International Athletics Meetings and venue for the World Student Games
  • Sheffield Arena - Home of the Sheffield Steelers Ice Hockey Team


    Media

    Television
  • BBC North
  • Yorkshire Television

    Radio
  • BBC Radio Leeds - 92.4 & 95.3 FM, 774 AM
  • Radio Aire - 96.3 FM
  • Real Radio - 106-108 FM
  • Ridings FM - 106.8 FM

    Newspapers
  • Yorkshire Post - Every Morning
  • Yorkshire Evening Post - Every Evening
  • Wakefield Express - Every Friday


  • Raines operates in Wakefield, Leeds and surrounding West Yorkshire and Yorkshire region.
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