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Executive: Make It York’s priorities realign, strengthening city’s future

Published Friday, 14 May 2021

Make It York’s economic development arm is set to merge its expertise with the council to maximise resources and strengthen York’s future.

In February, the council’s Executive agreed arrangements for the next contract between City of York Council and Make It York (MIY) in order to secure an even stronger future for both organisations. This includes both organisations merging their economic development and inward investment functions with the council taking the lead. This merger was approved by 87% of city stakeholders who took part in a consultation on proposals for MIY’s future earlier this year.

Under the proposals, MIY would continue to support the city centre, its markets and tourism through activities that include culture and events. MIY’s revised role, performance measures and governance are also set to be clarified. Arrangements for the city’s destination management organisation are set to be agreed by senior councillors.

Cllr Andrew Waller, Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning, said:

We saw during the pandemic the benefits from bringing teams together to respond to the needs of businesses and individuals, and these proposals will help to bring together economic development in one place to have maximum impact to help the recovery.

“These changes aim to ensure that the expertise at MIY works closely, council’s development strategy and in tandem with the private sector. It also ensures that the respective strengths of MIY and the council can be used to their best effect on behalf of the city.”

Greg Dyke, Chair of Make It York said:

The proposed new SLA with City of York Council focuses on the development of Make It York's work supporting the city's tourism industry, delivering the culture strategy, creating a world-class events programme and operating Shambles Market.

“With a clear strategic focus on these areas, we are in a strong position to help support York's tourism, retail, hospitality and cultural sectors as we move into the next key stage of economic recovery.

“Inward investment and business support will continue to be a clear priority for the city's economic development and the vital expertise and experience of the Make It York team is proposed to merge with City of York Council's Economic Growth team to really strengthen York's future. A huge thank you to colleagues within this team for all their hard work to date in supporting York's business community, particularly during the last year.

“I'd also like to thank City of York Council for their ongoing support and all partners and businesses across the city who have been involved in the consultation process. Throughout, the process has been hugely collaborative and we look forward to continuing to work together to ensure that York bounces back strongly from the challenges created by the pandemic."