Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce News

September meeting: Economic update

18 Aug 2016 by Vicky Carr

Our September meeting wil be an economic update, discussing the local and regional prospects over the coming months and years.

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Following the Brexit vote, there has been some uncertainty, so this meeting is set to be particularly popular. What will the future hold for Harrogate and how will its economy fare against the national picture?

It's a question many local businesses have been asking as they attempt to plan despite the uncertainty. With changes on a national level covered extensively in the media, we also need to know what's happening on a regional and local level to enable businesses to survive and thrive in the coming months.

Here to lead the debate will be a number of speakers, including:

  • Coun Don Mackenzie - NYCC Executive Member for HIghways, Road Safety, Countryside Access (including broadband) and Public Transport: An overview of what NYCC does and how we seek to create the conditions for businesses to grow and prosper in North Yorkshire: highways and transport, education, broadband and mobile telephony. ?
  • David Bowe - NYCC Corporate Director: NYCC’s top priority is to seek to support growth in the local economy. It lies behind every decision we take. The specific challenges in the Harrogate area: congestion, high land and property prices, need for transport improvements. Should we leave it to the private sector to lead on this, or do we share that responsibility? The County's transport priorities are focused on E-W connectivity, and specifically the A59 near Harrogate.

  • Coun Graham Swift - HBC Cabinet Member for Tourism, Economic Development and Enterprise: Focusing on the economic development strategic plan work that is being undertaken and why it is needed.

  • James Farrar - York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP Chief Operating Officer: The role of the LEP. Achievements of the YNYER LEP to date, including successful LGF bids for highways repairs and rail upgrades. How the LEP's priorities align with those of Harrogate.

  • Alistair Forbes - SME Growth Manager, HBC and Leeds City Region LEP: Alistair will outline the support and funding available for businesses who want to realise growth ambitions. He will explain the funding and expertise they could potentially access to grow and expand, either from the Leeds City Region LEP or its network of partners

The meeting takes place on Monday 12th September from 5.30pm at the Majestic Hotel, Ripon Road, Harrogate. It is open to all chamber members, as well as guests, who can attend their first meeting free (second and subsequent meetings £15 per person).

To book a place, go to our home page and click the relevant link.