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Local economies booming in York and Selby

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12:00am 26th January 2012

There's been a rise in the number of small businesses starting-up in Selby and York.

The latest research shows an increase of 11.2% in Selby in 2011, compared to the previous year.

In comparison, York's stats have gone up by 9.9% for the same period.

It puts the two areas second and third in a regional list of 15 local authorities.

Local Authorities % change from 2010

1. Kirklees 11.4 % more
2. Selby 11.2% more
3.   York 9.9% more
4.   Calderdale 3.2% more
5.   Leeds 2.9% more
6.   Craven 2.9% more
7.   Ryedale 2.4% more
8. Hambleton 1.8% more
9. East Riding of Yorkshire 1.6 % more
10. Bradford 1.4% more
11. Harrogate unchanged
12. Richmondshire unchanged
13. Barnsley 2.8% fewer
14. Wakefield 2.6% fewer
15. Scarborough 1.2% fewer

Cllr James Alexander, Labour Leader of City of York Council, said:

"This suggests there is growth in enterprise at the small start-up end, but the key for us will be to continue to provide proper support so that these businesses can not only survive, but indeed thrive. 

"Which is why we're continuing to work closely with the Federation of Small Businesses and the Property Forum to ensure we create not only a supportive business environment in York but also that the right premises are available."

Simon Williams, North Yorkshire Regional Chairman for Federation of Small Businesses, said:  

"Setting up and running a business can be a daunting prospect, and it is a lot of hard work. But it is also one of the most rewarding things that you can do and can be one of the most positive changes someone can make for themselves and the community they live in.

"We are delighted that so many in York are taking the step. These are the people that we should champion - the Real Life Entrepreneurs"


The total number of businesses starting-up in York in:
2008 = 1,119
2009 = 1,266
2010 = 1,511
2011 = 1,661

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