Calderdale: A great place for enterprise
Calderdale is in the heart of Pennine Yorkshire, a Metropolitan Borough which comprises the principal towns of Halifax, Elland, Brighouse, Hebden Bridge , Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden. It has stunning countryside and is part of both the Leeds and Manchester City Regions.
Traditionally, Calderdale was a manufacturing district, based initially around textiles and then machine tools. Although manufacturing has declined in recent decades, there are a number of advanced manufacturing businesses and the sector still employs around 20% of the local population. Other key sectors include Financial and Business Services, which is the largest sector in Calderdale, and Distribution, Hotels and Restaurants. A smaller, yet growing sector include Creative and Digital Industries and those businesses connected to tourism, which comprise of 18% of all the businesses in the district.
The economic downturn has created significant challenges for Calderdale. In response, Calderdale Council has implemented a number of measures to keep the economy moving. Examples of these measures include:
- encouraging enterprise with Business Start-Up advice
- Support for small to medium sized enterprises with the Business Growth Calderdale
all of which ensure that Calderdale continues to be a great place for enterprise.
The challenge for Calderdale at present is to continue growing a culture of enterprise. The Council recognises it is important that relationships between employers and education institutions are encouraged, so that young people are given the skills they need to contribute to and succeed in the workplace and product innovation is enhanced to ensure local businesses remain competitive.