Why you should set up shop in York - Let Ready

Why you should set up shop in York

York is an ideal location for setting up any business. Local companies can tap into visitors who arrive into one of the UK's most popular tourism hot-spots each year, with great connectivity to the North East and North West of England. We take a look at some of the reasons why York is a great place to set up shop in 2020.

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Business Support

Make It York offer start ups, growing, established, and relocating businesses access to a wealth of information, advice and support, including start up and growth, access to finance and funding, skills and training, property search, international trade and much more.

They can help with writing a business, financing and planning business growth, developing new markets through exporting, marketing, new ideas and products, getting online, skills, training and recruitment;

recruiting and hiring staff, workforce development, accessing skills funding, apprenticeships, graduate recruitment and internships and accessing training provision.


York is served by the A19 road from Doncaster to Tyneside, the A59 road from Liverpool to York, the A64 road from Leeds to Scarborough, and the A1079 road from York to Hull. The A64 road links to the motorway network, linking York to both the A1(M) and the M1 motorways. The M62 motorway is less than 20 miles away providing links to Manchester and Liverpool meaning the city is ideally located for reaching the most populated parts of Northern England fairly easily. York railway station is on the East Coast Main Line from London to Newcastle and Edinburgh. London is served by around 25 direct trains every weekday.

York station benefits from long distance trains linking Edinburgh and Newcastle with south and west England via Birmingham New Street. The Trans-Pennine Express provide a frequent rail service linking the North West and the North East.

Local trains service Selby, Harrogate, Hull, Leeds, Sheffield, Greater Manchester and Lancashire. Manchester Airport can be reached by an hourly direct train, reaching destinations in Europe, North America, Africa, and Asia.


York is a city of education and innovation with The University of York’s main campus is on the southern edge of the city at Heslington and York St John University ensuring graduated help top up the local workforce. The city has two major further education institutions.

York College and Askham Bryan College which offers further education courses, foundation and honours degrees,

specialising in more vocational subjects such as horticulture, agriculture, animal management.