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A visitor to Richmond might not realise what a diverse collection of high quality businesses the town has.

Up on the hill, the Trading Estate sits above the town. Here you will find a diversity of businesses: mechanics, builders, plumbers, trade supplies, furniture sellers and builders, cheese manufacturer, bicycle builders, vets, electrical engineers.

The well-known boot manufacturer, Altberg, whose superlative boots are now worn by the UK and Danish armed forces are located here. Customers travel from far-and-wide for a fitting.

Down in the Town Centre is a thriving collection of independent retailers, along with accountants, solicitors and estate agents.

thecitysecret is an IT Company offering IT Support and Software Development services. Our technical team help maintain business IT systems, ensuring hardware, software and data is kept up to date and secure. We also offer mobile, web and app development services enabling businesses to use technology to grow their business.

A Thriving Community

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.

All this is helped by Richmond's excellent transport links, with the A1 and A66 four miles away, and the East Coast Mainline stations at Darlington or Northallerton around 15 miles away.

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

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

Some examples below, and further information is available from Richmondshire District Council.

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Sue White

Business and Community Manager

Current Funding Programmes

Manufacturing Growth Programme

The Manufacturing Growth Programme is for SMEs and offers free advice and support to manufacturing businesses.

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The Spark Fund

The Spark Fund includes innovation vouchers, R&D grants and low carbon R&D grants.  Intervention rate is 33%.  The vouchers are for between £3-5K and the grants between £20-50k.  These are to cover revenue costs.

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PAPI (Product and Product Innovation) grants for up to £20k for capital projects aim to help businesses improve products and processes through the grant scheme.

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Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund

Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund offers finance packages for SME’s including a micro fund aimed at kick starting activity for £25-100k and growth funding for between £100-750k.

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Enterprise Ventures offers

Enterprise Ventures offers venture capital, loans and growth funding from £25k-£2 million.

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Digital Advantage Workshops

A new series of Workshops has been announced by Digital Advantage.

Details to follow...

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Biorenewables Funding

Please see the link and information attached regarding a funded time support programme through the Biorenewables Development Centre. You can receive up to £1,000 time from researchers and scientists to help with aspects of your business. Businesses must be an SME in North Yorkshire and the only direct cost to the business is the VAT on the time given by the centre.

More details and case studies are on the link below.

Helen Shiels is the main contact on 01904 328049 or email

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Skills Support for the Workforce

Skills Support for the Workforce is a scheme to help develop the workforce across lots of different sectors from construction to food manufacturing to the visitor economy to engineering to agriculture.  They provide a free training needs analysis and then arrange the training needed through their partners.  For more information please go to or email

What Business Owners Say about Working in Richmond

Kiss the Moon

Jo Foster

"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

Kiss the Moon
Trimble Productions

Trimble Productions

Toby Trimble

“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

Wendy Postgate

“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

Sip Coffee
Johnson Clark

Johnson Clark

Stephen 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

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A visitor to Richmond might not realise what a diverse collection of high quality businesses the town has from boutique shops to a diverse range of manufacturing businesses.



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!