Businesses looking to grow in the Harrogate district are invited to contact our SME Growth Managers, Alistair Forbes and Beata Olah. Please email [email protected] or call 01423 500600 x58256 or x58244.

We provide free, tailored support for businesses in the Harrogate district, working with the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) for Leeds City Region and York, North Yorkshire and East Riding.

Please email [email protected] to enquire about the free advice service for business, including 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 the internet for your business development
  • reduce costs to your business by becoming more resource efficient

Sturdy Foods, Ripon: October 2019

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.

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For further information please contact our SME Growth Managers by emailing [email protected] or call 01423 500600 x58256 or x58244.

Page last updated 20/01/2020