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Changes to support economic development and inward investment in York

Published Friday, 3 September 2021

The Make It York Business Support Team has re-joined the Economic Development Team at the City of York Council.

This is part of a move to strengthen the delivery of business support, economic development and inward investment activity across York.

This will expand and bolster the Council’s existing economic development resource and ensure a stronger and more efficient delivery of crucial business-facing functions to help guide and support York’s economic prosperity, both now and into the future.

In February 2021, the council’s Executive agreed arrangements for the next contract between City of York Council and Make It York. There was an agreement for both organisations to re-combine their economic development and inward investment functions especially with the work to assist businesses in the economic recovery.

Make It York will continue to support the city centre, its markets and tourism through activities that include culture and events.

Businesses can get in touch with the Economic Development Team, who can offer businesses information, advice, and support, including:

  • business start-up and growth support
  • access to finance and funding
  • skills and training support

The team is also committed to attracting new businesses to the city, from both home and overseas, offering a tailored inward investment support service for those looking to locate in York.

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

Inward investment and business support is a priority for the city’s economic development for inclusive growth and maximising opportunities with new green jobs.

“This move will secure a stronger future for both Make It York and the Council, as the changes will ensure the expertise of both Make It York and the Council are maximised to benefit the city. The Council’s Economic Development Team are available to provide support for businesses of all sizes in the city and will be able to provide expert advice.

“Businesses in York are encouraged to register to the council’s weekly business newsletter to receive up-to-date information on the latest business news and support available.”

The Economic Development Team is on hand for all of your business support needs and can be contacted via email at

The image shows members of the Economic Development Team with Councillor Andrew Waller. From left to right back row - Charles Storr, Brian Littlejohn, Alex Dochery. From left to right front row - Councillor Andrew Waller, Simon Brereton, Louise Saw, Will Clarke, Mrudula Jadhav.