Business support organisations

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)

The Harrogate district is located within two LEPs; Leeds City Region and York, North Yorkshire and East Riding.

In England, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are voluntary partnerships between local authorities and businesses set up in 2011 by the government. The primary role of LEPs is to help determine local economic priorities and lead economic growth and job creation within their area.

Leeds City Region (LCR) LEP encompasses the West Yorkshire local authority areas of Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield and North Yorkshire areas of Craven, Harrogate, Selby and York, along with North Yorkshire County Council.

The York, North Yorkshire and East Riding (YNYER) LEP covers the local authority areas of Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough, Selby, York and East Riding.

Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce

Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce is the one of the largest business organisations in the Harrogate area, representing businesses in all sectors and of all sizes. From one-man start-up businesses to large, established companies, Harrogate District Chamber offers networking, relevant information and representation to benefit all its members and the wider business community.

The organisation exists to support businesses and help them to grow, further increasing employment opportunities across the Harrogate district. Each of the monthly meetings begins with open networking and has opportunities for businesses to promote their offers and events to fellow members.

Benefits of membership include:

  • monthly meetings
  • monthly newsletter
  • website presence
  • membership directory
  • advertising
  • the voice of business


National network supporting community organisations to be strong and successful, providing:

  • peer learning and connection
  • specialist advice and support
  • support for local community projects
  • influencing and campaigns

Other Local Chambers of Trade and Commerce

Please note that responsibility for tourism and trade in Mashamshire is now overseen by Mashamshire Community Office who can be contacted on 01765 680200.

Business Associations

Visit Harrogate

Visit Harrogate is the district's Destination Management Organisation. It exists to support businesses, conferences and tourism in Harrogate and the surrounding area and to provide a way for businesses in the Harrogate district to get involved and work together.

Market Town Partnerships

A range of local organisations exist across the district working in partnership with residents, businesses, charities and others to support our market towns. These are:

Further information on support and networks.