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What is Invest in York & North Yorkshire?

Invest in York & North Yorkshire is a partnership between the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), North Yorkshire Council and the City of York Council.

Our shared purpose is to work with businesses and stakeholders to create and deliver new investment into the region.

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The UK remains one of the most attractive places in the world to invest in and York and North Yorkshire sits right at the heart of this.

Our central location in the UK means you can take advantage of road, rail, air and sea to access both UK and global markets.

Many leading global organisations have already set up HQs and call our region home.

AGRI Tech Invovation
Advanced Manufacturing
Health & Life Science Innovation
Rail Innovation
Sustainable Energy & Bioeconomy
DIGI-Tech, Data and Creative Industries


These sectors will help to hit our ambitious regional target to become carbon negative by 2040.

Located in our region are leading universities, research facilities and other institutions all open to engaging with businesses to fuel innovation as well as providing a pipeline of future skills and talent.

Over 40,000 businesses with a GVA of over £19bn call York and North Yorkshire home.

We have a broad range of development and property solutions and can offer sites from smaller scale right up to gigafactories.

Our region is recognised as a great place to work, live and thrive and benefits from World Heritage Sites, National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and York as a UNESCO Creative City. It presents an attractive offering for any business looking to invest here.

1. Recognised as a great place to work, live and thrive.
2. York ranked 13th in the UK as Best City for Talent (Startups City Index).
3. Offering a wealth of skills and knowledge, the region attracts both UK and global businesses.
4. Strategically located in the centre of the UK with York having Enterprise Zone status.
5. Good connections to five international airports and newly established UK Freeports within easy reach.
6. Sitting on the main East Coast rail line, Central London or Edinburgh are less than two hours away.
7. Connected to UK major road infrastructure including the A1, A66, M1 and M62.
8. Harnesses the brainpower of four universities and several world-leading research centres.
9. A growing and pioneering UK centre for agri-tech innovation.
10. Committed to unlocking the potential of being carbon-negative by 2040.

UKREiiF 2023

Invest in York & North Yorkshire recently attended the UK’s Real Estate Investment & Infrastructure Forum (UKREiiF) in Leeds at the Royal Armouries.

The three day forum gave us the chance to talk directly with businesses, developers,  and both private and public sector stakeholders about what makes York & North Yorkshire a great place to invest in. Thank you to all those who came to our stand to see why ‘York & North Yorkshire is more than just a pretty place’.

Devolution in 2024 will significantly open up opportunities for inward investment in our region and many of the people we met at UKREiiF wanted to find out more about this and how they could engage with us. To stay up to date on this and our activities, please sign up for our LEP and Devolution newsletters.

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Whether you are a foreign-owned or UK business looking to expand, relocate or invest, Invest in York & North Yorkshire can help.