Harrogate in profile

With outstanding quality of life, excellent schools and a skilled workforce, Harrogate district in North Yorkshire is a popular location for business growth.

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Harrogate’s economy is diverse, with a strong financial and professional services sector, world-class manufacturing, a flourishing life sciences sector and a vibrant entrepreneurial culture.

Harrogate Spring Water, Covance Laboratories, Bettys (Taylors), TSYS and Econ Engineering, all continue to invest and grow in Harrogate, and use it as a base to expand their national and international trade links.

Harrogate district is conveniently located within the Leeds City Region with strong business connections to nearby cities. Harrogate town itself is 16 miles north of Leeds, 21 miles west of York and only a 30-minute drive to Leeds Bradford Airport. The district includes the cathedral city of Ripon, the market town of Knaresborough and the scenic towns of Boroughbridge, Pateley Bridge and Masham.

On the borders of the Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors national parks, Harrogate district has a wealth of attractions on its doorstep, like Fountains Abbey (a world heritage site) and Studley Royal.

Home to one of the largest integrated venues in the UK, HIC Yorkshire Conference & Exhibition Centre, Harrogate is one of the best places to hold business conferences and events. The council is revitalising town centre office stock as well, to open up new opportunities for investors and developers with mixed use developments.

Its unique combination of new and innovative business premises coupled with the grandeur of its spa town architecture, Harrogate has a tradition of welcoming investment and visitors. It has also been repeatedly voted one of the happiest places to live in national surveys by Rightmove.

Harrogate Borough Council offers detailed information about the district’s economic strengths and growth opportunities.