York is seen as a place to do business as we emerge from the worst of the pandemic.
Inquiries are coming in from many different businesses who want to move in to the city.
In a report to councillors, the inward investment team says it has handled 12 inward investment inquiries between April and June this year.
- a Cheshire-based restaurant group looking to expand into York – it wants a 6,500-10,000 sq ft building or 1 acre+ on which to build
- an established retailer in Knaresborough looking to relocate to York – it wants city centre space for around £12,000 pa
- a travel company looking for office space for 20+ people, with potential to take more
- a cloud networking business considering a relocation to York.
Talks to bring a government department and civil service roles to York are ongoing. This would require 100,000 to 250,000 sq ft of city centre space, close to the station.
We reported earlier this year that the government was planning to move more jobs to the city.
Home and away
Four international inquiries came in during the same period, the report by Make It York says.
A science institute in India is looking for shell laboratory space, while a food manufacturer is looking for up to 270,00 sq ft of warehouse and manufacturing space.
The report also records 19 local firms looking to expand. A florist, café and bakery are looking for premises of less than 1,000 sq ft.
A car rental business wants a second York location in east York. And recording studios and a record label wants temporary office space.
And a TV and film production company has had an offer accepted on city centre premises.
The report was by Make It York. It was in charge of inward investment, but after a restructuring, this responsibility is being transferred back to City of York Council.