Harrogate Borough Council has four clear priorities for the district;

  1. A strong local economy
  2. A sustainable environment
  3. Supporting our communities
  4. Excellent public services

We understand the importance support to local businesses and organisations plays in achieving the council's priorities, ensuring our communities and businesses are able to develop and thrive within the district.

Research company accelerates growth, supported by business rates relief

Since starting in 2010 Applied Insect Science (APIS) has grown rapidly and now employs ten staff, providing expertise in the bio-pesticides industry for clients across Europe. After reaching capacity at its previous site the company have recently relocated to Wath, near Ripon. The new location and premises will enable APIS to scale up and recruit further individuals into high-value scientific related jobs. On this basis, Alistair Forbes, SME Growth Manager for the Harrogate district, supported APIS in a successful application for discretionary business rate relief from Harrogate Borough Council.

Find out about other business support services in the Harrogate district.

Section 47 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 gives powers to local councils to grant discretionary business rate relief. Subsequent legislation in the Localism Act 2011 has extended these powers to allow wider granting of local discretionary relief.

Our new non-domestic discretionary rate relief policy April 2018 identifies the different areas of support available to our businesses, and application forms for the differing relief types can be found below;

Business Rates enquiries form

Page last updated 04/09/2018