Growing business and creating high-value jobs in the Harrogate district is the focus of our Economic Growth Strategy 2017-2035. During 2018 our work included supporting more than 70 businesses to progress their growth plans and achieve their job creation ambitions. With support from the council's Growth Manager, over £800,000 of grant funding was awarded to small and medium sized businesses (SMEs), contributing towards the expansion of premises, machinery, IT development, exporting activity and employee training.

Please view our September 2018 Harrogate for Business newsletter for highlights in the first year of our Growth Strategy and a taste of our work in 2019. For regular updates on opportunities for your business please email 'subscribe' to and look out for our Summer 2019 update.

The Economic Growth Strategy for the Harrogate district (2017-2035) aims to adopt a co-ordinated, corporate approach to prioritise and support 'good growth' in the district, to achieve a sustainable and resilient economy by 2035 (featuring new higher value jobs, an increase in Gross value added (GVA) and a boost in average workplace wages to at least the regional average).

This aim will be achieved by delivering interventions in the following strategic themes:

  • land and buildings for growth
  • skills for growth - please see the Skills for Growth Action Plan 2019-2024
  • targeted business support
  • conditions for growth: digital and telecoms
  • conditions for growth: transport
  • branding and promotion

The interventions within these key themes will focus on four key sectors

  • creative and digital
  • financial and professional services
  • logistics
  • scientific research and development

This new economic growth strategy is all about providing a long term framework to build on our strengths, address our challenges, create effective partnerships and deliver positive, focused interventions to create a more sustainable economy for the future.

Economic Growth Strategy for the Harrogate district 2017-2035

Page last updated 11/11/2019