Support for growing businesses

Businesses looking to grow in the Harrogate district are invited to contact our SME growth managers, Alistair Forbes and Beata Olah.

With free bespoke support and advice provided by our growth mangers, over 70 businesses progressed their plans and achieved their job creation ambitions, in the year April 2019 to March 2020. Over £1 million of grant funding was awarded to small and medium sized local businesses (SMEs) contributing towards the expansion of premises, purchase of machinery, investment in IT development, exporting activity and employee training.

To contact our SME growth managers please email business@harrogate.gov.uk or call Alistair Forbes on 01423 500600 x58256 / 07525 987933 or Beata Olah on 01423 500600 x58244 / 07525 988242.

Our SME growth managers provide free, tailored support for businesses in the Harrogate district, working with the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) for Leeds City Region and York and North Yorkshire.

The support available includes access to:

  • grants and loans from the Local Enterprise Partnerships and other finance providers
  • funding and support for skills and to expand and develop your workforce
  • support and funding to help your company break into export markets
  • advice, research capabilities and funding to develop products and processes and put new ideas into practice
  • funding to get more from digital equipment for your business development
  • reducing business costs and environmental impact by becoming more resource efficient

Sturdy Foods, Ripon

Hear how local company Sturdy Foods accelerated production capacity and have seen a 33% increase in turnover, with support from our SME Growth Managers and LEP funding.

Harrogate tech company Chameleon Technology delivers smart solutions nationwide

Advice and support from the council's SME Growth Manager, Alistair Forbes, assisted national market leader Chameleon Technology's expansion. With almost two million of its energy display units installed in UK homes, Chameleon Technology was named the second fastest growing tech company in the UK, in the 2019 Sunday Times Tech Track 100 report. This growth has led to job creation and a requirement for larger premises.

With support from Alistair, the company made a successful application for Business Growth Programme funding from the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, towards the fit out of a new office property on Hornbeam Park, Harrogate. Chameleon Technology is now well-placed to continue growth and has a focus on the 'smart home' agenda, working with regional universities on projects including healthcare delivery in the home.