A place where business thrives

The Harrogate area has a lot to offer to potential investors and we are dedicated to attracting new businesses to the area.  Our strongest sectors for growth span:

  • Digital/Tech & Creative, or new media
  • Scientific Research & Development
  • Professional Services.

We also attract businesses from a variety of other sectors enticed by this place’s great livability and quality of life.

Don’t just take our word for it – here’s what some of our leading businesses have to say:


In March 2023 we spoke to Jo Young, MD of Ripon-based 3d printing and manufacturing specialists Additive X Ltd on why Ripon is a perfect place for business.


“I think Ripon is a great place to do business from, number 1 because it’s a great place to be and to live and to work. People who travel here just think ‘Wow! What a great place you’ve got!” Jo Young, MD of  Additive X Ltd interviewed in March 2023

Watch the video to see the full interview.

I think it’s important Harrogate is on the national map, as more than just a nice place to visit, a nice place to live. It’s important that people understand that it’s a good place to run a business from, and there are some serious businesses in Harrogate solving serious problems for the country.

Bryn Sage,  Intechnology PLC



Harrogate is a fantastic place to start a business, nurture a business or to bring an existing business. I think the key aspect probably is the people; and the environment for those people to live and thrive within. We are so lucky, we have everything. We have a town that is very compact, we have so many different features of that from countryside, the Dales, the national park that sits just outside Harrogate. We have the cultural features, we’ve got the theatres, cinemas – you name it, we have it. And it doesn’t really matter what you want, who you are or what you want to do – we’ve kind of got it!

Rupert Visick, Strategic Property Consultant

It’s a super place to work but also it’s a super place to live, it’s a great place to bring up children – the facilities and infrastructure here are world-class and it’s just a delightful place to exist.”

Tim Leigh, Stage One Creative Services , interviewed in 2019

We’ve found over the years that Harrogate has attracted great new staff and candidates applying for positions, particularly those that perhaps have got a bit bored or disillusioned, or have had enough of working in London, want to move North and see Harrogate as having that ‘café life’. There’s also having that great opportunity of a great lifestyle and a lot of breathing space, and green space in the town centre.

Simon Parker, Seven Architecture , interviewed in October 2019

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