Have Your Say

Lobbying on your behalf

Lobbying

Harrogate District Chamber has a long history of campaigning and lobbying on behalf of businesses across the Harrogate district.

From transport and development to business rates and major events, we work on any issue affecting our members and the wider business community.

For example, when a cycling event was organised in Harrogate and road closure signs put up declaring “town centre closed”, we were the first to object and point out the damage this could do to local shops and restaurants.

In recent years, we have also campaigned for improved rail services linking Harrogate to Leeds and York as well as the rest of the UK. As a result, the frequency of trains between Harrogate and Leeds at peak times has been doubled, while the direct train link to and from London has not only been reinstated but also increased to a promised seven return journeys per day.

Issues we’ve helped with in the last few months include:

  • Roadworks in central Harrogate in the run-up to Christmas. We met with representatives of the local authority to raise concerns and seek assurances that the work would be complete before major events took place. The roads were cleared before Harrogate Christmas Market opened, avoiding gridlock around town.

How can I raise a concern or ask for help?

If there is an issue affecting your business that requires attention, Harrogate Chamber is here to help. The first step is to complete the form below with the full details. We’ll then find the right person to answer your query, whether that’s at Harrogate Borough Council, North Yorkshire County Council, a transport provider, our MP, or elsewhere.

We’ll establish contact between you and the right person to help resolve the problem directly. If it’s something that would benefit other businesses, we’ll report the results in our monthly newsletter and at our next meeting.

What about bigger issues?

If you have a major concern affecting your business, chances are other local businesses will be in the same boat. If we find your issue is raised by several people, or we think it may be useful to our members to hear more about it, we will invite the authority involved to speak at an upcoming meeting.

As well as hearing their side, this is a chance for you and others to put your views directly to the person in charge. We have strong links to local authorities, transport operators and others, and regularly welcome them to our meetings. They’re always keen to hear from the business community and to work with us to improve the business environment for local companies as much as possible.

What next?

If you have an issue you’d like us to help with, complete the form below or email lobbying@harrogatechamber.co.uk.


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Testimonial
Vicky Carr
of The Content Market

"Membership of Harrogate Chamber has helped my business significantly. As well as meeting new clients, I have had numerous valuable referrals from other members that have helped me to grow my business and develop my services. I also benefit from getting the latest information about business developments in the area, enabling me to make decisions accordingly. Membership is also much more affordable than many other organisations, making it exceptional value for a growing business."