Craven in profile

Named one of the best placed to live in Britain, Craven mixes excellent transport links, breath-taking scenery and forward-thinking businesses.

Major employers in Craven include Skipton Building Society, the UK’s fourth largest building society with £21 billion of assets which provides over 2,000 jobs, and Computershare (formerly HML), one of the largest financial outsourcers in the UK and Ireland, with over 1,500 staff working across its Skipton and Crossflatts offices.

Systagenix, a world leader in advanced wound care products has its development and manufacturing operations in Skipton. Principle Healthcare, one of Europe’s leading producers of vitamins, minerals and food supplements, is also based in Skipton and won the Queen's Award for Enterprise for International Trade in 2012.

Broughton Hall Business Park is one of the UK’s most dynamic country estates and supports high growth, knowledge-intensive businesses. Home to more than 50 companies employing over 600 members of staff, the businesses are based in refurbished properties across the 3,000-acre estate, including old coach houses, barns and stable buildings, farmhouses and cottages.

Highlights from Craven district’s strategic economic plan up to 2020 include plans to:

  • Free up at least 17% more space for commercial development, expansion and inward investment
  • Build on its strengths in financial and professional business services, health and bioscience sectors
  • Improve access to labour markets, supply chains and services with better road links to East Lancashire and Manchester, and rail connections to Leeds and HS2

Craven District Council offers detailed information about the district’s economic strengths and growth opportunities.

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