Post-Brexit economic update at Harrogate Chamber meeting

The state of the local economy following the EU referendum will be debated at the next meeting of Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce. 

Representatives of North Yorkshire County Council and Harrogate Borough Council will share their views and their plans for the future at the meeting on Monday, September 12. There will also be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions and debate the issues raised. 

Chamber chief executive Sandra Doherty said: “We have an economic update every year in our meetings schedule, but this one is likely to be rather different following the results of the referendum in June. 

“Much has been claimed and predicted about the impact Brexit has had and will have on the economy, so it will be interesting to see what local businesses are finding in their day-to-day work, and what the local authorities are doing to keep the economy strong.” 

The speakers will be:

·       Coun Don Mackenzie – NYCC Executive Member for Highways, Road Safety, Countryside Access (including broadband) and Public Transport: An overview of what NYCC does and how we seek to create the conditions for businesses to grow and prosper in North Yorkshire: highways and transport, education, broadband and mobile telephony.

·       David Bowe – NYCC Corporate Director: NYCC’s top priority is to seek to support growth in the local economy. It lies behind every decision we take. The specific challenges in the Harrogate area: congestion, high land and property prices, need for transport improvements. Should we leave it to the private sector to lead on this, or do we share that responsibility? The County’s transport priorities are focused on E-W connectivity, and specifically the A59 near Harrogate.

·       Coun Graham Swift – HBC Cabinet Member for Tourism, Economic Development and Enterprise: Focusing on the economic development strategic plan work that is being undertaken and why it is needed.

·       James Farrar – York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP Chief Operating Officer: The role of the LEP. Achievements of the YNYER LEP to date, including successful LGF bids for highways repairs and rail upgrades. How the LEP’s priorities align with those of Harrogate.

  • Alistair Forbes – SME Growth Manager, HBC and Leeds City Region LEP: Alistair will outline the support and funding available for businesses who want to realise growth ambitions. He will explain the funding and expertise they could potentially access to grow and expand, either from the Leeds City Region LEP or its network of partners 

The open meeting will be held at the Majestic Hotel, Ripon Road, Harrogate. Networking begins at 5.30pm, with the meeting starting at 6.15pm. Attendance is free for members and first-time visitors, but places need to be booked in advance via the website, Any repeat visitors can attend for £15 per person.

Pictured are the Chamber’s 2016 management group

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