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Richmond is well situated for Transport links to the rest of the country, with the A1 and A66 intersection at Scotch Corner only four miles away. 

The town and surrounding area have commercial property from purpose built small and large units for manufacturing and warehousing; idyllic office and retail accommodation at Aske Stables, just 2-miles from Richmond; shops and offices in historic Richmond town centre, the Gallowfields Trading Estate, Catterick Garrison and nearby villages.

Darlington and Northallerton railway stations, on the East Coast mainline are both within around 15 miles of Richmond, with regular fast trains to London and Edinburgh. The nearest airports are Teesside International Airport (25 minutes’ drive); Newcastle International and Leeds/Bradford (around 1 hour drive) and Manchester (2-hour drive).

A Thriving Community

Richmond is also home to a thriving community of freelance workers in a variety of fields, such as graphic design, web design, marketing and photography.

Given the quality of life that Richmond residents enjoy it is not difficult to encourage people to relocate to the area to join the talented, skilled and qualified people already living in the area.


Funding and grants for businesses are available for those who may be considering opening or moving their operation into the area as well as established local businesses.

If you are thinking of moving your business to Richmond or setting up from scratch members of our Association are happy to help with advice.

Please email or phone the Chair of the Association, Paul Harrison, on 07724 449969

The following can also offer advice and information on the benefits of having a business in the Richmond area and grants and business loans are frequently available, subject to fulfilling criteria.

North Yorkshire Council

or contact

  • Karl Battersby, Corporate Director of Business and Environmental Services
  • David Caulfield Assistant Director for Growth, Planning & Trading Standards
  • 01709 780780

Sue White, Business and Community Manager

  • 01748 901040

Bart Milburn, Planning Manager

  • 01748 901135

York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership

or contact 

Nicholas White, MBA, NDA, MRAC, MIOEE.
Growth Hub Business Relationship Manager

  • 07811 411471

The dedicated GOV.UK Business Support website provides business support information and advice for starting your business. There is also a ‘support finder’ tool to help businesses and those who are self-employed find out what financial support is available to them.

York and North Yorkshire Growth Hub is the perfect place for anyone looking for information on how to improve their business. It offers a mix of articles and e-books, information on funding, workshops and events. If you are looking to grow your business, the hub's account managers offer one, simple point of contact that can introduce you to all the relevant business support that's available. Get in touch by emailing

The Supply Chain Network is a project aimed at linking SMEs with regional supply chain opportunities. The free directory, now with over 700 businesses, can help to increase the visibility of a business, generate enquiries and alert businesses to new opportunities and tenders. There is extra support for businesses that need specialist advice and funding to help them make the most of opportunities.

The Department for International Trade provides support and guidance on exporting for businesses including webinars and workshops, expert advisors, market information and funding.

The York and North Yorkshire Jobs Fuse brings together the National Careers Service, the Department for Work and Pensions and the York and North Yorkshire Growth Hub to provide a one stop shop for both job seekers and local employers.

What Business Owners Say about Working in Richmond

Kiss the Moon

"My decision to come back to Richmond and open my business was one of the best decisions I have made.

Getting to love where you live and be part of a business community that works together to support each other is a big part of what makes Richmond so special.”

Jo Foster, Kiss the Moon

Trimble Productions

“Having our base in Richmond is a draw for our national and international clients; we are able not only to sell our services but also the experience of coming to the area for filming and face-to-face courses where we have great scenery and high-quality local amenities.”

Toby Trimble, Managing Director - Trimble Productions

Sip Coffee

“Having my business in Richmond helps me to be part of the town and not just a resident. It  enables me to give so much more than before. Shops are not just for necessities  for many they are the daily contact, the social meeting point and the heart and soul of the community.”

Wendy Postgate, Sip Coffee

Johnson Clark

“Offering professional services to the people of Richmond and the surrounding area is a pleasure. There is an appreciation for a quality service and always a warm welcoming when we visit homes. The area has amazing historic and rural properties in some of the country’s most picturesque settings.”

Stephen Clark, Partner - Johnson Clark

Irvings Sales & Lettings

“For us, working In Richmond, which is also our home, is a delight. There is a real sense of community, trust and honesty. We deal a lot with sub- contractors, and other businesses, all local, and without whom our business would not survive. We now have a very strong team of professionals who support our business behind the scenes, and without whom we would not be able to operate. Everyone has to make a living, but there is definitely a sense of looking after each other, fairness and camaraderie.

Due to the nature of our business, we deal with not only local people, but those moving in from other parts of the country, and sometimes the world, we feel pleased for them that they have found Richmond, as we know that they will be happy here and looked after.”

Margi Irving, Irvings Sales and Lettings, Market Place, Richmond

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Richmond is a pretty special place to live. A cohesive and vibrant community spirit forms the background of Richmond life!



Richmond, especially on a summer's evening, certainly has a slightly "continental" feel: Prince Charles compared the town centre to Siena!