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What Makes Harrogate the Best Place to Start a Business?

By wizu | 17 January 2022

Harrogate is a beautiful city that offers a great way of life. It boasts many attractions, making it a great place to visit, too! What most people don’t know about the city, however, is that it’s also a great place to start a business!

The city is home to some well-known and successful businesses in this part of England. Many of these businesses identify with the city, such as the Harrogate Spring Water & Yorkshire Tea. Other companies have a national and international location yet have chosen to be based in Harrogate.

So, what makes the city a great place to start a business?


It Offers a Diverse Community

The Harrogate business community offers a wide variety of sectors, with financial and professional services dominating. However, the city is also home to conference and exhibition businesses. It’s also the UK leading location for business conferences, and it’s the ideal base for networking all sectors.

The International Centre puts about £150 m into the local economy annually. What’s more, the centre attracts over 350k business visitors each year. What’s more, the installation of high-speed broadband has also made Harrogate a great choice for businesses.

Harrogate is also where high-level manufacturing companies and sciences are located. Retail businesses also do well in the city. Shopping abounds in Harrogate at the Victoria Shopping Centre, in Montpelier Quarter, and in the many stores on Commercial Street.

The city also provides an economical place to do business. Companies in London are interested in areas like Harrogate, with its lower property prices and other advantages.


A Vibrant Economy 

Harrogate has a thriving economy, which has been set at £3.85bn! Plus, it’s home to over 13,000 businesses. In addition, the region provides a workforce of about 1.9m people. It’s said 46% of these individuals are qualified at degree level. What’s more, the talent pool is extremely skilled.

The city is also located near nine universities in the area. The city’s economy is lively, and it has fast become the geographical economy in the heart of the UK.


Starting a Business in Harrogate

If you’re considering relocating and starting a new business, then Harrogate is definitely worth consideration. The area abounds with opportunities. Both commercial and residential properties are extremely valuable, and sport prices are much lower than in London or other parts of the country.

Some people prefer to live in the city, while others choose to live in the nearby villages. The city’s also close to the Yorkshire Dales, which ensures you’ll have a lovely, easy commute to work.


Business Support Network

Harrogate offers one the best support networks for new companies. There are plenty of sources available to offer advice, funding, and specialised services.

AD:VENUTRE is a source that provides expert guidance and assistance to businesses in the city, which are three years old or less. This is an excellent facility to help anyone start a new business in the area.

The Business Enterprise Fund is another organisation that offers assistance and support to small and medium-sized businesses in the north. Digital Advantage Project is another facility that offers workshops, advice, and business grants up to £5,000 to help with the development of website design, digital marketing, and analytics.

Harrogate is also included in the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LCR LEP) and Grow Yorkshire, which both aim to help farmers in the area. Then there’s the Business and Intellectual Property Centre in Leeds, which provides links to business research.


Excellent Transport Links

Harrogate is only two hours from London and features excellent transportation links via air, train, and road. The city has four train stations, and it’s close to Yorkshire’s major train hubs of York and Leeds. There’s also easy access to the M1 and My62.

Leeds/Bradford airport is only ten miles away, and the Manchester airport is also easily accessible by train or road from Leeds. Plus, there are train services that go directly to London each weekday.


Is Harrogate a Great Place to Live? 

Some established businesses may want to create a base in Harrogate. They may even need to bring employees to the area. So, what does Harrogate offer in the way of living?

The city has been named one of the happiest places in the country! That’s a great way to entice people to relocate here! Who doesn’t want to live a happy life?

Next, the town offers beautiful parks & scenery, excellent shopping, and a wide range of restaurants, cafes, and more. Plus, there’s plenty of culture to enjoy, along with great entertainment and many leisure activities to enjoy. You could say there’s something for everyone in the city!

Many people are choosing to relocate from London to Harrogate because of the city’s lower property prices. They also want to enjoy the rural lifestyle that’s within an easy commute to work.

And when it comes to schools, the area provides some wonderful facilities, which are highly appreciated for their excellent results. The city boasts 39 primary schools, 12 secondary schools, and ten colleges.

Anyone wanting to further their education also has a great choice in universities. Harrogate is very close to the University of Leeds and the University of York. Durham University, Newcastle University, and Northumbria are also easy to commute from the city.



Harrogate also offers many types of recreational activities in and around the city. For instance, there are some beautiful gardens, including the Stray and Valley Gardens. Then there’s the RHS Harlow Carr Botanical Garden also nearby.

When it comes to shopping, there are high street stores to choose from, along with many independent retailers offering a wide range of products.

And we can’t forget to mention Harrogate’s great collection of restaurants, bars, and cafes. There’s Betty’s tea room, which was founded in 1919, and the LDMC espresso bar. We can’t forget to mention the Starling Independent Bar Café Kitchen, which offers amazing meals. And the AA Rosette-awarded The Thimble Inn and the Horto at Rudding Park.


Summing It Up

With all the city has to offer, it makes a great place to start a new business. From the business support services available to the impressive quality of life, Harrogate has it all…or at least plenty to make most people happy! Speaking of happiness, this is one of the happiest cities around! Who wouldn’t want to live and start a business in this lovely city?

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