City Council plans event to showcase its vision for the future of York’s economy

Mary Weastell, City of York Council’s Chief Executive

City of York Council is holding an event for more than 100 city leaders from both the private and public sectors to showcase its plans and vision to support York’s economy.

The council’s Executive Member for Economic Development, Leader of the council and Chief Executive will showcase their ambitions and discuss the council’s economic strategy for the city, at the event next Monday 19th November.

The event is being delivered by City of York Council in association with York Business Week (delivered by Make It York) and will talk through some of the latest and most significant planned developments, including York Central and Castle Gateway.

Cllr Keith Aspden, Executive Member for Economic Development at City of York Council, said: “Our city is unique and steeped in history, but, through key regeneration projects, we also have the opportunity to take advantage of economic growth. Our focus is on being a business friendly council and delivering long-term sustainable growth that not only preserves and celebrates our heritage, but also achieves the best outcomes for current and future generations.”

Cllr Ian Gillies, Leader at City of York Council, said: “This event is an opportunity for us to set out how the council plans to support businesses and help the city grow over the next decade and beyond. I’m delighted with the progress that is being made in advancing York’s major regeneration projects. The York Central scheme is one of the largest brownfield development projects in the UK and will grow York’s city centre by a third creating new high-value jobs and providing much needed housing in the heart of York.”

Mary Weastell, City of York Council’s Chief Executive, said: “This is a truly exciting time for York. Our world class talent, superb infrastructure, leading academic institutions and unique locations makes York a fantastic place to live and do business.

“York has a great mix of businesses across all sectors. Making sure that social care providers, retailers and tourism businesses can thrive in York is just as important as supporting the increasing numbers of high-tech, creative and finance businesses. Only through strong collaboration and by working together can we deliver the best that York has to offer.”

There will also be a key note address from the Bank of England’s Juliette Healy, who will help set the scene as she presents the latest economic prospects for the UK and for the region. This will provide a valuable insight on the latest economic trends and forecasts. This will set the context from which the city seeks to achieve its ambitions.