Make It York is the Destination Management organisation for the city. Our purpose is to develop and promote York as a great place to live, visit, work, study and do business. Our business support team are here to encourage start ups and help local businesses to grow .

Our key aim is to ensure that businesses can get the help they need, when they need it. We offer a comprehensive information and signposting service and can help put businesses in direct contact with appropriate support providers across the city and further afield. This includes start up and growth advice, training and recruitment support, access to finance, property search, international trade and business innovation. We are also committed to attracting new businesses to the city and offer a tailored inward investment support service for those looking to locate in York.


Our website provides details of the range of support services available and how to access it as well as advertising our forthcoming seminars and events.

Please get in touch with us at business@makeityork.com or 01904 554400 if you would like our support.

Find out how we can help you grow your business 


Charles Storr

Business Growth Manager

Charles leads on Make It York’s key account management, supporting the needs of the city’s medium and large businesses. He also has a focus on developing the Food and Drink and Rail sectors in the city.

Simon Middleton

Business Growth Manager

Simon leads our business support services team, providing a wide range of business support information and advice to start ups and companies looking to grow. With 20 years experience in the financial services sector Simon specialises in helping businesses to access the finance they need to grow.

Mark Bates

Business Growth Executive

Mark has a wealth of business support expertise and is responsible for supporting SME’s to obtain the information and advice they need to grow. Mark specialises in helping businesses get access to staff training and development and funding to help employers meet the cost.

Christine Hogan

Business Development Executive - Inward Investment

Christine leads on attracting Inward Investment to the city. Christine works closely with businesses from initial point of enquiry right through to soft landing and aftercare. Working with companies to support their decision making, through the provision of a comprehensive range of services including market intelligence, advice on setting up your business, finding the right property and more.

Christine Geddes

Business Development Executive

Christine leads on our support for pre-start & early stage businesses linked to the Ad:Venture programme.  She also manages our property search service for York based businesses.  Prior to joining Make It York, Christine ran her own business in the food & drink sector.


Visit York is a part of Make It York and is the leisure tourism brand.

Under the brand Visit York, Make It York’s aim is to market York as a must-see world-class destination to the leisure visitor and ensure investment to develop the quality of tourism in York.


The Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership provide support and funding to help businesses grow, attract new investment to the region and develop the skills, energy and digital infrastructure to create jobs and prosperity.

The York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise partnership helps businesses to start up, grow and become more competitive through the provision of business support, advice and funding.

How’s Business is the Business Support Growth Hub for York North Yorkshire and East Riding. Their role is to make it easy for business owners to find the support they need. This could be to locate funding, help with marketing or advice on how to expand your set-up.