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'City Team York' Launched To Boost The Economy

City of York Council

1:30pm 23rd August 2012

City of York Council has brought together a team of business, public and third sector representatives from across the city, to take part in a true partnership approach to ensuring the economic success of York city centre.

Launched today (23rd August 2012) the City Team York (CTY) has committed to working closely with the council to support the development of a city centre capable of successfully adapting to both new and emerging market challenges and exploiting new opportunities for growth. 

The CTY has set out key aims to work with the council to; diversify the use of the city centre; reinvigorate its public spaces; bring forward strategic investment in major development sites; improve the connectivity of the centre – both digitally and physically; and support new businesses in the centre to thrive.

Cllr James Alexander, Labour leader for City of York Council and Chair of the CTY comments:

"York is one of the fastest growing economies in the North, but there is no room for complacency if we are to maintain that momentum. We face new financial and market challenges and changes in the way customers see and use our city centre, and we need to find innovative solutions to meet these demands.

"The City Team York is a true partnership approach to ensuring other uses for our city centre are explored and new opportunities are exploited, so that York's city centre can grow and thrive."

Frank Wood, owner of Braithwaite Jewellers and Deputy Chair of the CTY adds:

“The city team has a huge potential for the development of the health of York. This is a true link between the private and public sectors working together for the benefit of all aspects of the city. It is a forum where ideas and concerns can be considered by a cross section of the city representatives to encourage and nurture the infrastructure for York; to maintain its position as one of the finest cities for investment and business opportunities.”

The City Team York has identified and committed to the following aims:

  • To have a diverse city centre economy through further investment in opportunities for a diverse range of businesses in the city centre, and the creation of greater flexibility in start-up and small business space.
  • To maintain and grow the footfall and occupancy rates within the city centre
  • To maintain and develop a critical mass of retail offer in the city centre.
  • To create a strong brand for the city centre as part of a wider York city brand
  • To develop and strengthen the perception of the city centre as a meeting place – strengthening the business tourism profile.
  • To encourage projects and the formation of business especially to develop the city centre’s market offer – following the Portas Pilot bid and providing a broader base for enterprise development.
  • To foster the creation of a world-class sense of place in the city centre – bringing forward improvements to the public realm.
  • To bring about greater connectivity of the city centre to peripheral areas and centres of activity and markets – both physical and digital.
  • To be ranked as an international quality leisure and business visitor destination.
  • To be a focus for high quality external investment and supportive of local business and small business development.
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