Have your say on the future of the Harrogate district local economy

Harrogate Borough Council is asking local businesses and stakeholders for their views on its priorities for supporting the local economy over the next five years.

Through consultation with local companies, business organisations and councillors; analysing the latest economic data and forecasts; and taking its experience from the Economy Action Plan 2012-2015, the council have produced ‘A Strong Local Economy Action Plan 2015-2020’, which identifies the areas in which the council will work with businesses and partners to support the economy of the Harrogate district.

A Strong Local Economy is Harrogate Borough Council’s number one corporate priority, and focusses on four main outcomes: a resilient, diverse and expanding economy; a vibrant tourism experience; excellent travel, transport and broadband connectivity; and a world class conference centre.

As part of the development of the action plan, senior council members and officers hosted a series of Let’s Talk Business engagement events at the end of 2014, which provided the opportunity for local companies, sole traders and organisations with an interest in the district’s economy to contribute their views on what the council’s priorities should be in the future.

The priorities identified included transport infrastructure, housing provision and planning policy. These have been central to informing the drafting of the 2015-2020 Action Plan.

Harrogate Borough Council Leader, Coun Richard Cooper said: “As part of the development of the Strong Local Economy Action Plan we consulted with local businesses, both large and small, listened to their views and used them to develop a blueprint for economic prosperity over the next five years. We are now keen for local businesses to consider this action plan and to give us their comments.

“Harrogate Borough Council has been working hard to develop a strong local economy. We have created an environment that supports economic growth and the creation of new jobs, helps people to start up and stay in business, encourages businesses to move to the district and has low levels of unemployment.

“We are also working to increase Harrogate’s profile on the national and international stage and increase our share of the tourism market.

“We believe this new action plan will enable us to continue this positive work and we would like to encourage as many businesses as possible to take part in the consultation and give us their opinions.”

The consultation draft of the plan is now available to view online at http://www.harrogate.gov.uk/business

Feedback and comments should be submitted via the online survey at http://www1.harrogate.gov.uk/surveys/SLEAPConsultation/sleap_consultation.htm by 12 noon on Friday 27 March 2015.

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