Why Harrogate

Harrogate is more than just quaint tea rooms and wonderful gardens; it is a thriving entrepreneurial town with fantastic businesses and great investment opportunities.

Take a look at our Invest in Harrogate brochure for some of the current and future opportunities in the district.

With outstanding quality of life, excellent schools and a skilled workforce, Harrogate district is a popular location for business growth. Our economy is diverse, with a strong financial and professional services sector, world class manufacturing, a flourishing life sciences sector and a vibrant entrepreneurial culture. Harrogate Spring Water, Covance Laboratories, Bettys (Taylors), TSYS and Econ Engineering, all continue to invest and grow in Harrogate and use it as a base to expand their national and international trade links.

Key figures

  • a £3.85bn economy
  • over 13,000 businesses
  • part of a wider Leeds City Region workforce of 1.9 million people
  • close proximity to 9 universities
  • 46% of residents are qualified to degree level
  • in the centre of the UK, 2hrs from London
  • fantastic schools
  • unrivalled quality of life

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Support for growing businesses

Funding and support

The decision to locate in Harrogate district is one that pays. Once the decision is made we want to make sure the relocation is as smooth as possible. That's why we offer a range of financial and in kind support.

Financial support

There are a range of financial aid packages available to businesses investing in Harrogate district

  • Business Growth Programme
  • Growing Places
  • Revolving Investment Fund
  • Discretionary Rate Relief
  • LCR Skills Service
  • LCR North Yorkshire Apprenticeship Hub

Take a look at the investment and development opportunities across the Leeds City Region.

Revolving Investment Fund

The Leeds City Region Revolving Investment Fund (RIF) offers short term loans of over £1 million to support commercially viable private sector led infrastructure and construction projects. The fund is designed to support projects that are ready to proceed where conventional sources of funding are insufficient or unavailable. Investments are on commercial terms and compliant with State Aid restrictions.

Leeds City Region Revolving Investment Fund

Please contact Economic Development for more information at business@harrogate.gov.uk or on 01423 500600 x58058.

Page last updated 18/10/2018