Invest Harrogate has been showcasing the investment potential of the Harrogate district at the first UKREiiF – The UK’s Real Estate Investment & Infrastructure Forum – as part of the new ‘Invest York and North Yorkshire’ partnership.
Joining fellow members from York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, North Yorkshire County Council, City of York Council and other North Yorkshire local authority partners, Invest Harrogate and colleagues from Harrogate Borough Council worked collaboratively under the ‘Invest York and North Yorkshire’ delegation to promote the many and diverse investment opportunities of the North Yorkshire region and York.
Around 4000 investors and developers from across the UK and international business communities, together with organisations from both the public and private sectors, attended UK REiiF, which took place at Leeds’ Royal Armouries. Offering debate, discussion and networking opportunities, the three day event provided the ideal platform on which to present the Harrogate district and wider region as the perfect place to do business.
During the event, the ‘Invest York and North Yorkshire’ exhibition stand received a visit from George Freeman MP, Minister for Science, Research and Innovation, keen to hear about the region’s opportunities for business development and business growth and see what York and North Yorkshire has to offer to new and potential investors.
Food and drink industry champions from Harrogate, Harrogate Spring Water and Yorkshire Tea, were on the exhibition stand and Harrogate’s famous Turkish Baths were highlighted through a competition prize for a lucky exhibition visitor – positioning the Harrogate district as the home of internationally renowned brands as well as a place to feel good for optimal work-life balance.
As part of the ‘Invest York and North Yorkshire’ showcase, Harrogate Borough Council’s Head of Placeshaping and Economic Growth, Kathryn Daly, delivered a highly successful presentation as the first in a series of three highlighting the region’s investment potential. Taking place on the Wednesday of the forum, “York and North Yorkshire: More than just a pretty place” was one of the best attended events on the Cinema Stage and drew positive feedback from attendees remarking on the extent of the work that is taking place in the region that is highly attractive to new businesses and business development.