Are you a new or existing business in one of our key sectors and looking to expand in the Harrogate district? Please contact us at business@harrogate.gov.uk for information on how we can support you.

Our Economic Growth Strategy (2017-2035) identifies a co-ordinated approach to prioritise and support 'good growth' in the Harrogate district. We are working to achieve a sustainable and resilient economy by 2035 with new higher value jobs, an increase in Gross Value Added (GVA) and a boost in average workplace wages to at least the regional average.

Our focus is on four key sectors in which the district has pronounced strengths and forecast high growth prospects.

  • creative and digital - a significant sector in the recent growth of the Harrogate district economy 2012-2018, with computing and information services seeing a 14% increase
    Harrogate Digital: a community-run networking, information and events group for businesses in the digital, creative and technology sectors in the wider Harrogate area
    Digital Enterprise: support to invest in digital technology
     
  • logistics - home to Europe's largest cold storage facility, Harrogate district's central location in the United Kingdom, with north-south links via the A1(M) and east-west connections to ports, has seen the continued expansion of locally based companies
     
  • financial and professional services - home to highly acclaimed companies, businesses with international operations and leaders of innovation in Fintech. A data centre in the Harrogate district switches 3.5 billion card-initiated transactions per year, processing in excess of up to £430 million daily
     
  • scientific research and development - one third of medicines on the market today were developed by a world leading Contract Research Organisation based in Harrogate

Whilst our support is not limited to these four key sectors, they are the current focus of our economic growth resources.

Page last updated 10/12/2018