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Expansion plans at Y&NY LEP supported business park

20/01/2022 News
Expansion plans at Y&NY LEP supported business park

A new multi-million-pound business park on the west side of Harrogate, which has benefitted from financial support through the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, has enabled a fast growing Nidderdale family business the perfect platform for their next stage of business expansion.

Specialist confectioners Yorkshire Flapjack have recently signed a pre-let agreement to secure one of 10 new speculatively developed business units on the Harrogate West Business Park Estate. 

Yorkshire Flapjack is the brainchild of Pateley Bridge baker’s daughter, Katie Wilson, who now lives with her family in Beckwithshaw. Having grown up learning the craft from her parents, she decided to shun University and instead follow her love of baking, establishing this new business in 2018.

On discussing the incredible growth of the brand, Katie said: ‘’Our aim is to redefine flapjacks, to make them chewy, moist and most importantly – delicious! Instead of the ‘dry crumbly taste of a traditional flapjack! We have achieved this by using a recipe that has been in the family for three generations and from that original recipe we have created 16 delicious flapjack flavours and six shortbreads.

"The business has grown from strength to strength and so we have outgrown our old premises. Having searched for some considerable time to find anything appropriate in the Harrogate district, we were absolutely delighted to have been able to enter early discussions with Teakwood Investments as they were at the initial stages of this new development at Harrogate West Business Park. Taking occupation of one of the new premises here will help us achieve our future goals, one of which is to be able to introduce a gluten free range of our products."

Yorkshire Flapjack advise the new premises will enable them to increase their staff numbers from three to 10, and fulfil contracts to supply their new range to Selfridges, Harvey Nichols amongst others including Yorkshire Co-Op’s, Londis Stores, Yorkshire universities and a growing number of specialist retailers and cafés. 

Christopher Fordy, from Property Consultants Fordy Marshall Ltd, was instrumental in assisting with the initial delivery of this project and has worked alongside the developers with marketing the new units.

He said: "Harrogate is a growing town, serving a vibrant and entrepreneurial district which has immense scope to attract very significant inward investment. Development of new business units such as this sit at the heart of the Government's stated aim to see a levelling up between the North and South, allowing  businesses who wish to expand the platform from which to make the next step from fledgling start-ups to meaningful employers and contributors to a growing economy. It is always a pleasure to play a small part in that process, and along with the many other similar companies we are in the process of discussing new lease terms with on this park, it has been a real pleasure to work with Katie and her family, and we wish her every success."

Construction is well under way, with the 10 new business units set to be finished and ready for occupation in August. These sit alongside two larger bespoke buildings which have been presold and will be the new HQ’s for Envirovent and Bioclad.

York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership awarded £1.5m from the Government’s Getting Building Fund to support development at Harrogate West Business Park.


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Copy from a Fordy Marshall press release. Accompanying photo shows the Harrogate West site in December 2021. 

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