Why Harrogate

Facts and figures

  • Super fast broadband now covers 95 % of the district
  • Total population 161,111 with 81,000 economically active
  • 41% of the population is educated to NVQ level 4 or above
  • £3.87bn GVA which is 30% of North Yorkshire GVA
  • Almost 3 million people of working age within 1 hours drive

While Harrogate is well known to many as a haven for tourism, shopping, and leisure, it is also home to incredibly successful businesses, many operating globally.

Stage One, Labcorp, Techbuyer, TSYS, Reed Boardall and Econ Engineering, all continue to invest and grow in our district and use it as a base to expand their national and international trade links.

Yorkshire Tea is made here by Taylors of Harrogate, part of the famous Betty’s family; as is Harrogate Spring Water.

We have a diverse economy, with strengths in sectors including financial and professional services, digital/tech and creative, life sciences and logistics. 

There are fantastic opportunities for companies across a wide range of sectors to take advantage of interesting urban and rural locations and an enviable quality of life. A quality of life that has helped attract entrepreneurs and enterprises over centuries.

Hear what Techbuyer and Interact love about being based in Harrogate, from our conversation with Techbuyer Sustainability and Research Director –  Richard Kenny in 2023.

So, whether you are starting up in business or just making a move, this is a location that will bring out the best in you. Fresh air and fresh thinking, countryside and connections, innovation and inspiration, big skies and big ideas – you will be with like-minded people who want to live and work locally, knowing that Leeds, York, and London are easily accessible.

A Place Where Business Thrives
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A place where business thrives
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