Why entrepreneurs should love York

As York estate agents, we keep a close eye on trends and movements within the city.

We’ve observed that the city of York has a soft spot for startups, young professionals and entrepreneurs.

Many independents are thriving in York, which is why we believe entrepreneurs should love York.

We’re convinced that York is a great city for entrepreneurs. Here’s why:

1.The York entrepreneurs leading the way

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The very first York Hospitality Awards crowned Tarik Abdeladim, founder of Los Moros street-food vendors of the Shambles Market, the champion of hospitality. A total of 36 finalists battled it out to gain one of the 9 exciting awards. It’s great news that an entrepreneur like Tarik won the highly sought after champion award for his overall business achievements.

Food and Drink

York is a very foodie-oriented city, as evidenced by the thriving entrepreneurs of the food and drink sector. Here is a short selection to showcase some of York’s foodie entrepreneurs.

The Chilli Jam Man

The Chilli Jam Man (Simon Barrett) has partnered with national chain Revolution to support them with their new menu launch plans. After starting The Chilli Jam Man franchise in his own kitchen nine years ago, Simon Barrett is now a Great Taste producer and has previously secured partnerships with York Brewery and Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil. He’s certainly come a long from selling just 40 jars to a local farmer.

York Gin

Launched in March 2018, York Gin is a self-funded startup between five close friends (Paul Crossman, Jon Farrow, Pete McNichol, Harry Cooke and Emma Godivala). They all love York and wanted to create a brand to compete with neighbouring cities like Leeds and Durham, which had both developed their own city-based gin brands. It’s been a great startup success story as York Gin is now available in over 200 shops. The team behind it even had to revise their first year sales target from 10,000 bottles to 50,000, as orders are piling in. It’s going to be an exciting first Christmas for York Gin.

The York Roast Co.

This family business was founded in 2004 and has since expanded to locations across the country. Its main headquarters remains in its founding city of York, though. As creators of the original YorkyPudWrap, the company has also enjoyed viral success with 11 million viewers of a BBC Facebook feed video featuring the wrap. The YorkyPudWrap remains a firm favourite with York residents and visitors alike. Have you tried it yet?

restaurant dining table

2.The city that champions creativity

Inventing the sensational YorkyPudWrap is a great example of York’s creative spirit, but there’s more.

Science City York supports digital and business startups to help boost York’s creative sector. Recent research from Science City York revealed 1,516 businesses within these sectors, which highlights what an innovative city York truly is.

The creative and entrepreneurial spirit can be found across different businesses of the city. Tours like the Ghost York Tours and the York Ice Sculpture trail are just two examples of how the city’s creativity shines through.

Not to be underestimated are the continuously successful independent cafes, which often have a charmingly unique personality. The FortyFive Vinyl Café in Micklegate is a popular coffee hub with live music spaces, while Fossgate’s Spring Espresso offers award-winning coffee in a super-bohemian setting.

independent cafe interior

3.The thriving tourism

York is currently welcoming 6.8 million visitors per year who annually spend around £564 million. The city aims to hit the £1 billion tourism spend mark by 2024, and so far the numbers suggest this goal will be met.

Furthermore the tourism team VisitYork won Gold in the VisitEngland 2018 Tourism Awards, while attractions like York’s Chocolate Story also won first place in the Guided Tour of the Year Award.

chocolate in a jar

You can’t talk about tourism without mentioning York Minster, which welcomed close to 700,000 visitors in 2017 (691, 716). The iconic Clifford’s Tower welcomed over 100,000 visitors.

Another major success is the Jorvik Viking Centre. Since reopening Jorvik has attracted 400,000 visitors and is well on the way towards its two-year target of welcoming 500,000 visitors.

This thriving tourism sector is a fantastic reason for entrepreneurs across multiple industries to consider York as a business headquarters.

4.The community support

A city that supports entrepreneurs and startups is a city that attracts them too. There are a vast variety of business communities that support entrepreneurs and startups in York. Here’s a brief overview that shows how entrepreneur-friendly York is:

The York Guild of Entrepreneurs

Although the guild is relatively new, it offers regular training sessions to its members. These cover everything from pitching to using social media to grow a business.

ENTSOC at York’s Student Union

The entrepreneurs society at the University of York’s student union has been supporting young entrepreneurs since 2004 and offers students an opportunity to collaborate with creative projects.

York Business Week

This full week of business-based events by the organisation ‘Make it York’ helps local businesses to develop, grow and thrive in York. It also hosts the York Press Business Awards and York Culture Awards. These awards highlight how business and creativity go hand-in-hand in York.

entrepreneurs shaking hands

The fifth reason why entrepreneurs should love York could technically be the independent York estate agents like Quantum.

York is a unique property bubble in the UK with one of the highest number of independent estate agencies in the UK.

The property market of York offers new and existing landlords a great opportunity to thrive. Additionally, the support from independent York estate agents to the city’s landlords makes this an opportunity that’s easy to turn into a great reality.

If you’re a budding entrepreneur looking for a home in York – or a landlord curious about the property opportunities of York – call Quantum Estate Agents on 01904 631 631 today or browse through our latest properties.

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