Local Enterprise Partnerships

In England, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are voluntary partnerships between local authorities and businesses set up in 2011 by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to help determine local economic priorities and lead economic growth and job creation within the local area.

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

Leeds City Region

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

Working with public and private sector partners, LCR LEP provides support and funding to help businesses grow, attract new investment to the region and develop the skills, energy and digital infrastructure to create jobs and prosperity.

Central to the vision is good growth, ensuring that improved business productivity and profitability leads to a stronger economy and environment that everyone who lives and works in the City Region can benefit from.

Strategic Economic Plan - this is the long-term plan to transform the Leeds City Region economy and create thousands of additional jobs in the next 20 years. It sets out the ambitions for the region and how they will be achieved, primarily focusing on four key areas:

Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership website

York, North Yorkshire and East Riding

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.

By working with public and private sector partners, YNYER LEP unlocks economic growth and helps the area's businesses to start-up and grow. This is achieved by attracting public and private sector investment in the LEPs growth industries, skills needs and infrastructure such as broadband, housing and roads.

Strategic Economic Plan - this is a single strategy for the area that sets out the key economic issues, opportunities and priorities to deliver business led growth. The five priority areas for the YNYER LEP are:

  • businesses
  • bio-economy
  • skills
  • place
  • connections

Enterprise Partnership Business Inspired Growth website

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.

Page last updated 15/03/2019