We offer start ups, growing, established, and relocating businesses access to a wealth of information, advice and support, including start up and growth, access to finance and funding, skills and training, property search, international trade and much more .


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When you begin thinking about starting a business, there is a lot to consider, from developing and protecting your idea, to finding funding, marketing and finding customers, and much, much more.

Whatever your idea, age or situation, a key part of establishing your business is finding the right place to go for support and advice. We can help you navigate the complex support arena to access a wide range of support on starting and setting up your business, including:

Business planning

Accessing Start Up finance

Developing and protecting your idea

Setting up your Business

Business coaching and mentoring

Recruiting and training your staff

Finding the right premises


As your business develops, finding the right place to go for support and advice is key. York’s world-class universities, research and development capabilities, combined with its collaborative business community, is your gateway to achieving success.

Tap into world leading expertise in science and technology, IT, digital and creative industries, together with strong professional service and retail sectors in a city renowned for its unique heritage and tourism. We can help with:

Access to finance (including debt restructuring)

Skills and Training Funding


International Trade and Export

Intellectual Property




Investment in skills, training and recruitment is a critical part of keeping your business ahead of the competition.

It will help keep your business compliant, improve your productivity and motivate your team as they continue their development.

Working with partners including York’s first class universities and colleges, Local Enterprise Partnerships, and training providers we can help identify your needs and find the right training, funding and support for you, including:

Workforce development

Accessing skills and training funding

Accessing training provision

Graduate recruitment and retention



Businesses of all sectors and sizes are provided for in York, with a range of cost effective, quality accomodation options both within the city centre and at key business parks and hubs across the wider city.

With access to a detailed database of available property and strong relationships with commercial agents across the city we offer a comprehensive search facility, helping you find the property for your needs.

We offer:

Online Search

Tailored search

Links to commercial agents


Whether through improved sales, technology, new strategic partnerships, acquisition or exporting, when the time comes to grow your business you need to secure the right finance to achieve the right results.

We can help identify and secure the right funding for your business.

We can also help with reviewing your application before you submit it. Many opportunities fall by the wayside due to poorly presented applications so let us help you make that first impression count.





Perfectly placed at the heart of the UK, York is regularly voted one of Europe’s favourite destinations to live, visit, and do business. To find out more about York and how your business could benefit from locating here, take a look at our new inward investment guide or visit our dedicated Make It York Inward Investment pages at www.makeityork.com/invest. We can help with:

Market Intelligence and Insight

Finding Talent

Industry Knowledge

Land and Property

Setting up your business