York provides a fantastic environment for business, making up a dynamic and collaborative landscape of influential multinationals, thriving SMEs and entrepreneurial start-ups.
Supporting this environment is a host of active business support bodies and a wide array of specialist networking organisations including the Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Small Businesses, York Professionals and the newly formed Guild of Media Arts.
But don’t just take our word for it… here we introduce you to a sample of York’s businesses that are already playing an active part in York’s vibrant business community.
Mologic Ltd, a developer of bespoke rapid diagnostic products for human and non-human healthcare has established a research group in York to capitalise on the vibrant agri-tech community that persists in the region. Based at the Sand Hutton campus, Mologic is actively engaged in collaborations with companies that are seeking to enter the diagnostics arena with disruptive new technology.
The science community at large within the region is one that is growing rapidly, and offers small businesses like Mologic more than just a dynamic employment pool. Make It York’s approach of integrating the essential elements of establishing and growing a business, from linking likeminded collaborators, to assisting in early stage finance and growth grants, is reminiscent of the excellent support that is provided in Scotland and Wales. Knowing that there is a group in the region that is actively trying to help make business happen is a significant attraction to being in York, for the benefit of all
Mark Davis, Chief Executive Officer, Mologic
Headquartered in the centre of York and with regional offices across the UK, TSP is recognised as one of the country’s leading engineering solutions businesses. Providing design and professional services to blue chip clients, TSP is an award-winning consultancy in the rail, energy and power, industrial, defence and security and construction markets. TSP’s portfolio includes some of the most iconic and technically demanding infrastructure developments in recent years, including the Leeds Recycling & Energy Recovery Plant, Kings Cross Station redevelopment and the new Gatwick Expansion Project. Within a couple of minutes’ walk to York’s railway station, TSP provides a wide range of high performance rail products and railway infrastructure services to the international rail industry.
Our office in York provides business advantage through excellent rail and road connections and personal advantage to our staff who are really pleased to live in such a beautiful part of the country
Craig Scott, Managing Director, TSP
Aesthetica is one of the leading publications for art, design and photography, with a global readership in print and digital of 311,000. As well as publishing the magazine, Aesthetica also champions contemporary artists and filmmakers through its awards, the Aesthetica Art Prize and the BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF), with talent development at its core.
York is the home of ASFF and Aesthetica Magazine, and while we pride ourselves on our international reach, we also value our place within the city. It is an integral part of ASFF, as we work with local businesses, York St John University and the University of York, venues and residents to deliver a spectacular cinematic event. The city’s architecture gives ASFF an edge as a site-specific and dynamic UK film festival, and we are able to use the iconic locations to showcase contemporary cinema in historic spaces, creating a truly unique viewing experience. York is a very special place to develop a business
Cherie Federico, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Aesthetica
Three-time winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, MooD International is a next generation software provider based at York’s Science Park. Used by large organisations to improve their understanding of what drives business performance, MooD’s software systems uniquely blend human judgement with hard data from various sources to form a visual model that brings to life the tough decisions faced by those responsible for performance. In recent years MooD solutions – deployed by the company’s world-class team – have been instrumental in delivering efficiency gains and savings to the tune of hundreds of millions of pounds to the British Government and to the economies of major enterprises.
York’s unique qualities help us to stand out, and to provide a distinctive offer when receiving clients and partners at our offices. Our location on the York Science Park positions us well for an exciting range of current joint ventures with the university
Dr Dick Whittington, Chief Strategy Officer, MooD International
Global specialist insurer, Hiscox, underwrites a diverse range of personal and commercial insurance risks. With a long history and expertise in both home and business insurance, Hiscox provides cover for over 47,000 high value homes in the UK; vintage and classic cars, fine art and other collectables; and extensive, tailored business insurance for over 130,000 SMEs, professionals and consultants in the UK. The striking new office in York is its biggest outside of London, with a vision to become a creative hub of the UK business that drives innovation.
When we were looking at where we could build the foundations for the next chapter of the Hiscox story, York pretty much won hands down on every criteria we looked at – the quality of the workforce, the infrastructure, the transport links and the quality of life. The ambition and the commitment of the political leadership was also a key factor to our long-term commitment to the city
Alan Millard, Chief Operating Officer, Hiscox UK and Ireland
Gear4music is the largest online retailer of musical instruments and equipment in the UK, having over 590,000 registered customers. From its origins in York as a recording studio in the mid-1990s, the company successfully completed an IPO on the London Stock Exchange AIM in June 2015. The company’s headquarters in York include a 9,000 sq ft showroom packed with all the latest music-making gear and an impressive 135,000 sq ft distribution centre, dispatching thousands of orders every day.
As a retailer of musical instruments and equipment, the company likes to employ staff who are passionate about music, to help customers make informed purchase decisions. Gear4music considers York to be a great place for this, by virtue of a vibrant music scene and a university with a strong academic musical heritage.
Being less than two hours by train to London, York has excellent transport links. The Directors have certainly appreciated this more since becoming a publicly listed company, and having more regular trips visiting investors and advisors in the capital
Andrew Wass, Chief Executive Officer, Gear4music
Founded in York in 1995, Omnicom Engineering works in the transportation sector with a large emphasis on rail, using cutting-edge technology to assist the likes of Network Rail and their contractors to plan and maintain the rail infrastructure from the safety of the office, reducing the need for dangerous and costly site visits. One of the company’s award winning products, OmniVision®, enables engineers to inspect track using images that have been recorded at 125mph. Omnicom has also recently completed a project in Australia, assisting with mapping and visualisation of the nation’s rail assets using another of their award winning technologies, OmniSurveyor3D®.
York is a beautiful city with a lot of history and friendly people. We are easily accessible from most places in the country, even the world. We also have two well-respected universities, and colleges, making strong pickings for many businesses in York, and a plethora of tourist attractions, high quality restaurants and accommodation for out of town clients
Stirling Kimkeran, Chief Executive Officer, Omnicom
Delivering outstanding cinematic imagery through its talented in-house team, Orillo provides engaging content created in close collaboration with its clients. Orillo specialises in film production, with in-house facilities at its city centre studios, including a creative concept department, fully serviced production services and a state-of-the-art grading suite, providing the capability to deliver anything from commercials to feature films. An international business, Orillo’s projects include commercials in the United States, television shows in Saudi Arabia and documentaries following the Abu Dhabi Volvo Ocean Race around the world.
Being based in York has many benefits for Orillo. York is in the very heart of the UK, we find it a fantastic city to work from, as most of the work we produce is based around the UK and internationally, meaning we have easy access to any point across the UK. Orillo’s future is exciting, with short films, feature films, pop-up cinemas and high-end commercials in our schedule
Keenan Foley, Creative Director, Orillo