A not for profit social enterprise providing finance and support to SME businesses in the North. Further details are available on the Business Enterprise Fund website.
Starting a business
If you are starting a new business there are a range of support services available from national government and local organisations. Here are a sample of organisations that can offer support:
Business Enterprise Fund
A specialist innovation programme delivered by the LEP Partnership to help eligible businesses access funding or grants to support projects. For details visit the LEP website.
The Prince’s Trust
The trust provides grants for micro, small and medium businesses being set up by people aged 18-30. Details can be found on The Prince’s Trust website.
Start Up Loan Company
A government backed scheme to help individuals start or grow a business, including finance and online advice. Details can be found on the Start Up Loans website.
West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
The West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce website provides a range of information on grants, skills, importing and exporting for those starting and growing a business.
York and North Yorkshire Growth Hub
The York and North Yorkshire Growth website provides information on webinars, telephone helpline and support services for people starting a business.
Free business support
Business support drop-in days
Whether you are starting a new business or developing your company, you are welcome to call into our free business support drop-in days. You can chat through your ideas, ask questions and access free, expert advice from the local business support specialists from the growth manager service and North Yorkshire Growth Hub.
Our business drop-in days are hosted at the Harrogate Co-Lab.
Connect over a cuppa support sessions
Our growth managers run ‘connect over a cuppa’ sessions which are free in-person sessions for businesses that are looking to take the next step, innovate and grow. With a key theme each month and guest experts, we cover the business issues that matter the most.
For further details and to register for a session visit the Eventbrite website.
Business networking groups
There are a number of networking groups in the area:
- Boroughbridge and District Chamber of Trade
- Business Ladies Around Harrogate
- Harrogate Hospitality and Tourism Association
- Federation of Small Businesses
- Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce
- Grow Yorkshire
- Handpicked Harrogate
- Harrogate Business Group
- Harrogate Indie Business Club
- InGroup Harrogate
- Institute of Directors
- Knaresborough Chamber of Trade and Commerce
- Nidderdale Chamber of Commerce
- Square Peg Network Harrogate
- The Yorkshire Mafia
Social media training and support
We are working with Maybe, an online platform that helps businesses improve the results they achieve through social media.
The platform is packed full with social media tools and support to help businesses increase their use of social media, plan and schedule content, and increase customer engagement, footfall and sales.
Any business within the Harrogate area is eligible for a free 12 month Maybe account which will provide you with access to training, tools and expert support.
To find out more and sign up visit the Maybe website.
Economic growth strategy
The aims of our Economic Growth Strategy (2017-2035) are to grow business and create high value jobs and a boost in average workplace wages in the Harrogate area.
These aims will be achieved by delivering interventions in the following areas:
- land and buildings for growth
- skills for growth – details can be viewed in our skills for growth action plan (pdf / 2 MB)
- targeted business support
- conditions for growth: digital and telecoms
- conditions for growth: transport
- branding and promotion
Support for growing businesses
Our growth managers offer free, tailored support for local businesses that are looking to grow, working alongside the York and North Yorkshire Growth Hub.
The support available includes access to:
- grants and loans and finance providers
- support for recruitment, skills and workforce development
- support to help your company export
- advice for research and to develop products/processes
- support to develop digital capabilities
- reducing business costs and environmental impact by being resource efficient
You can contact us for further information.
Helping to reduce crime against businesses
If you are worried about crime and anti-social behaviour affecting your business, you may wish to join the Harrogate District Businesses Against Crime partnership. Further details can be found on our Harrogate businesses against crime page.
Subscribe to our business newsletter
Our Business team regularly produces a free e-newsletter called Business@Harrogate which provides the latest news on:
- business support
For all business support enquiries please contact us.
For further information about doing business in the Harrogate area visit the Invest Harrogate website.