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With one of the strongest economies in the north of England, York is a flourishing city with outstanding character. To locate your business in York would be to benefit from its unique offer. Supporting more than 116,000 jobs and contributing about £5 billion of value to the national economy, the city of York’s assets and opportunities are first class: a highly skilled population, world-class universities, excellent transport links to both national and international markets, pronounced strengths in a range of high value sectors, a pioneering digital infrastructure, outstanding business support networks and an unrivalled quality of life. Make It York is the city’s inward investment support agency and is here to help you locate your business in York. A dynamic, free service is provided with the practical help and assistance you need to make a smooth transition into the city. Available exclusively through the inward investment team at Make It York, for businesses currently based outside the city and looking to establish a long-term presence here, the comprehensive range of impartial advice and services will make it easy to locate and succeed in York. Over the following pages, you will discover a range of services that can make your relocation to York as easy and stress-free as possible. 03

UK’s Founding Science City

Two World-class Universities

Less than Two Hours from London


UK’s First Gigabit City

A Vibrant Thriving Economy

UK’s First UNESCO City of Media Arts 05


The Offer From the moment you express an interest, Make It York will work with you step by step through the process, from fact-finding through to important startup activities such as access to sites and premises, customers and suppliers, to recruitment and relocation support for your staff and their families. So whether you are looking for full-scale business relocation, expansion of existing operations or a small-scale trial to test doing business in the city, help is available.


Personal account manager dedicated to your project every step of the way with regular reviews, and dedicated aftercare.

Help with local planning and regulation. Practical advice and guidance to support you through any regulatory processes.

Assistance to access local, national and EU funding and tax incentives.

Support for a launch of the business in the local area including introductions to the key networking and membership organisations.

All the benefits of locating in the UK, Europe’s strongest environment for research and development, including 20% Corporation Tax, R&D tax credits and a reduced 10% tax on patents through the Patent Box scheme.

Support to families and dependants who move with the company – arrangement of pre-move visits to the area to show the quality of life on offer and provide help with the first steps of relocation.

Target sector business rate incentives: up to 50% business rate reduction for a year for locating your business in York and helping to create jobs and grow the city’s economy.

Help to make the business case for expansion or relocation, providing up-to-date statistics and market information relating to customers, suppliers, labour, recruitment, infrastructure, property and more.

With access to a comprehensive database of available property and sites, Make It York can help you find the right place to do business, including hot-desking and accommodation offers at a choice of locations to help you through the set-up and transition to permanent accommodation.

A bespoke recruitment support service, working with University of York, York St John University, local recruitment agencies and York Job Centre to advertise opportunities and match up suitable applicants. 07

Supporting Your Investment Operating under its York Means Business brand, Make It York offers free support from a dedicated advisor who can provide access to a range of specialist support.

Starting Up

International Trade

Growing Your Business


Access to Finance

Events and Masterclasses

Skills and Training

Navigating Council Services

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Professional Services to Support Your Investment Make It York has established strong partnerships with some of the city’s major professional services providers to bring you access to support in key areas such as finance, legal, banking, recruitment, insurance, technology and much more. A number of partners offer discounts on a range of services – for information on participating businesses, please get in touch.

Ware & Kay Solicitors Ltd is a leading York law firm offering high quality advice to businesses specialising in corporate, commercial property and employment work. Other business-related services include civil litigation and debt collection and financial advice is provided through Ware & Kay’s wholly owned subsidiary, Ware & Kay Financial Services Ltd. Discounted rates for inward investors include a 10% discount on all work carried out by the firm for an inward investor and any of their employees who provide evidence of their employment. Fixed fee work offered to inward investors includes corporate and commercial services and commercial property legal advice to businesses, with free half-hour interview; and employment annual fee service, debt collection, residential property, and wills. 01904 716000 |

Hethertons Solicitors provides legal advice to business clients on a wide range of matters, including company law, employment law, commercial property and dispute resolution. Hethertons would like to invite inward investors to sign up to their specialist Business Support Unit, which offers expert support to companies of all sizes, across a range of sectors. It’s free to register and, as part of the service, businesses will receive email updates on relevant legal matters and the option of attending seminars and an introductory meeting. An opportunity to take advantage of a free legal business ‘MOT’, ensuring that all documentation is up to date, is also offered by Hethertons to new businesses in the region. 01904 528200 |

Langleys Solicitors LLP is one of the UK’s leading law firms, providing a full range of legal services. With a first class reputation for delivering high quality, professional advice and expertise, Langleys builds strong and lasting relationships with its clients. Langleys’ commercial team provides a comprehensive range of legal services to business to suit businesses large or small. Core business services include: commercial property, company commercial, dispute resolution, employment, property litigation, banking and insolvency.

Whether you are looking to start a new business, regulate business relationships, plan for expansion and growth, move/expand premises or plan your exit strategy – Crombie Wilkinson’s specialist team is available to help when you need them. The team also advises on employment law, commercial litigation and debt collection, offers workplace mediation services, and acts for owner managed businesses and entrepreneurs in numerous sectors such as professional services, agriculture, property, retail and leisure, food and construction.

01904 683059 |

01904 624185

BHP is the largest independent firm of Chartered Accountants in Yorkshire and North Derbyshire, offering a full range of services including audit, business advisory, corporate finance, consultancy and tax.

Garbutt + Elliott, a leading accountancy and advisory firm in Yorkshire, is passionate about supporting businesses at every stage of their life cycle by providing agile thinking and practical advice.

With over 280 specialist staff and 24 sector-specific partners, BHP has in-depth expertise to deal with all aspects of financial affairs. From their award winning corporate finance team to their nationally recognised tax team, inward investing businesses can be confident of the highest quality advice.

So, if you are looking to expand in the region or move your business here, Garbutt + Elliott’s hands-on teams of specialists, including vat, capital allowances, corporate finance and business support, are available to take the pain away, leaving you to concentrate on the day to day running of your business.

0333 123 7171 |

01904 464100 | 11

Quattro Morrell Middleton continues to proudly support some of York’s most innovative and growing businesses through proactive and imaginative financial advice, tax planning and strategic advice, and would welcome the opportunity to work with you too. Their York-based team are proud of the city in which they live and work and all take pride in being part of their clients’ successes.

Quattro Recruitment is an independent recruitment agency, offering a tailored service for every company’s needs. Quattro’s team has sector specialists within all market sectors and has industry insight and consultants who monitor the market to ensure that business partners have access to the best passive and active candidates.

Morrell Middleton supports businesses from new start-ups through to mature businesses and has experience and knowledge across the broad range of businesses in York, including software development, tourist attractions, hospitality and restaurants and financial services.

The company has the capacity and capability to deliver bespoke solutions for businesses, whether you are hiring 1 to 300 people, can manage the entire recruitment process from inception to completion and provide a seamless, practical, project-managed recruitment service to inward investors.

01904 691141

01904 217250

TWIDDLE & CO. Twiddle & Co. is a board advisory, executive search and leadership consulting firm, headquartered in York city centre. Local knowledge of the regional executive market places Twiddle & Co. in an ideal place to quickly identify, attract and secure superior executive talent for businesses establishing or developing their operations, both in York and the surrounding area. Specialising in board and senior appointments across a range of sectors, particular expertise is provided through work with high-growth, mid-market entrepreneurial businesses. For inward investing businesses Twiddle & Co. offer a complimentary analysis of the local executive labour market. 01904 615156 |


One to One Recruitment is an independent recruitment agency for successful owner-managed SMEs looking to recruit office-based positions in York and Yorkshire. One to One Recruitment’s services meet the requirements of SMEs that don’t have the time, resources and expertise to find skilled staff to add value to their organisations and help them grow, and who are looking for suppliers that understand their business, build a relationship and offer guidance and advice in the increasingly difficult recruitment market. One to One Recruitment offers new inward investors a free, on-site consultation and a threemonth, free replacement guarantee attached to any permanent placement. 01904 769142 13

Office Space for a Soft Landing There is a range of hot-desking and temporary office accommodation at a choice of locations, all designed to help you through the set up and transition to your permanent accommodation, allowing you to concentrate on the things that matter most.

York Science Park

Blake House

High specification, fully serviced office and laboratory space located at the University of York, with good transport links. With six different premises, the centres cater for a range of business primarily in the creative, digital media, technology and bioscience sectors.

Located on two sites in York city centre, Blake House offers contemporary offices for entrepreneurs, freelancers and small businesses. Offering private office space, co-working desk space, virtual office business addresses and a meeting room to hire.

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Hunters Business Centre

York Eco Business Centre

Based just a short walk from the historical city walls of York, this Grade A-rated office building provides a wide range of serviced office spaces to accommodate any size of business. Office accommodation is available on flexible terms by way of a standard licence, with no charge for legal fees or set up costs and all business rates covered by the centre.

York Eco Business Centre, the only ‘A’ graded office in the Clifton Moor area of York, offers modern and environmentally friendly office and studio spaces at affordable rents, with no long-term commitment. It is a thriving small business community offering excellent opportunities for businesses to interact with each other. Also available, meeting rooms which can be hired by the hour.


Hiscox Business Club

City-centre workspace offering hot-desks, permanent desks and private offices aimed at creative individuals and businesses. All-inclusive benefits include: no admin fees, free printing and fibre WiFi, uncapped use of meeting space, keycard access and lockable storage, registered business address and even free tea and coffee!

The Hiscox Business Club is an opportunity for small businesses to join Hiscox in their iconic building in York city centre. The club provides space to a select group of local businesses free of charge, including the use of desks, meeting rooms, facilities and refreshments. Applications to join the club re-open on a regular basis.


Raylor Business Centre

National Agri-Food Innovation Campus (NAFIC)

The Raylor Centre, set on an 8-acre site within walking distance of York city centre, offers a choice of more than 100 offices and industrial units. Offices range from 110 sq ft to 950 sq ft with industrial units varying from 600 sq ft to 20,000 sq ft. The Centre is convenient for the major road routes in and out of York, has good public transport links and free parking.

An internationally important life science campus, NAFIC is located on the outskirts of York. Organisations based in the extensive office and laboratory accommodation at the site benefit from world-class equipment, a top range of support services and unique opportunities to interact with world-class scientists and businesses. A licence includes unlimited use of a hot desk, free WiFi, and access to onsite facilities including a restaurant, conference centre and gym.


Tower House Business Centre

Regus provides virtual office, hot desking, fully serviced office, workshop and meeting space, to let on flexible terms. The business centre at Tower Court is ideal for new or expanding businesses, with its all-inclusive, monthly invoicing. Under the Evans Easyspace branding, York Business Park and Clifton Moor also provide offices and workshops. The two modern developments include parking and are within 2.5 miles of York city centre and just 10 minutes from York train station.

Built in the late 1800s as the Army’s Northern Command Headquarters, Tower House was restored and refurbished as a business centre in the 1990s. A short walk from York city centre, this facility offers serviced office space, virtual office facilities and boardroom, meeting room and conference facilities. 17


The inward investment team at Make It York offers a comprehensive service to investors from initial point of enquiry right through to soft landing and aftercare. With a personal account manager dedicated to your project every step of the way, Make It York will help you identify, secure and fund the right solution for your business to grow. To find out more about York and how your business will benefit from locating and investing in York, please get in touch‌ 01904 554400 @York_Means_Biz 19

live, visit, study, work and do business Make It York is the city’s Destination Management Organisation. Our purpose is to develop and promote the city and its surroundings – nationally and internationally – as a vibrant and attractive place to live, visit, study, work and do business.

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