Ryedale District Council

Local economy

Programmes to develop and regenerate the local economy and community, with key objectives being to create employment opportunities and secure external funding for the benefit of the area.

Economic Action Plan 2016 - 2020

Following a consultation period the Economic Action Plan 2016 - 2020 has now been published. The full report and SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis is available to download below.

Creating jobs and supporting businesses are key issues to the Council's role in economic development.

Council Priorities

Council Aim 2: To create the right conditions for economic success in Ryedale. To have economic structure and supporting infrastructure in place
Opportunity for people; increasing wage and skill levels.

The REAP sets out 5 Objectives to achieve this Council aim, and a series of actions are outlined. The objectives mirror the priorities of the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership with whom we work closely.

The 5 Objectives are:

  1. Business Growth: Encouraging profitable and ambitious local businesses and supporting local employers to expand
  2. Connecting agriculture and food businesses to new opportunities: Connecting agriculture and food businesses to new opportunities
  3. Inspired People: A productive workforce for growing businesses, inspired people making the right job choices, empowered communities delivering support and inclusion
  4. Successful and distinctive places: Enabling sustainable rural economies through support for housing, employment and rural development
  5. A well connected economy: Fast, reliable journeys to key centres, transport that underpins growth, transport that connects employees and visitors to businesses. High speed broadband and mobile connectivity

The full action plan, with latest update is available to download below.


Ryedale suffers from poor quality broadband throughout the District and it is a high priority of the Council to improve internet speeds to residents and businesses.

There are two main ways to get high speed broadband; through BT telephone wires (improving fibre connections to green roadside cabinets) and by wireless; a line of sight transmission from transmitter to a receiver on your property.

North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC), through the Connecting North Yorkshire Partnership, are administering Central Government funding to bring high quality broadband (>25Mbps) to as much of North Yorkshire as possible.

The details of this scheme are on the Superfast North Yorkshire. (SFNY) website.  Log on to check if your postcode will get high speed fibre.  BT are contracted to provide high speed to 90% of properties in North Yorkshire by December 2014.

For the remaining 10%, wireless technology can be employed.

We have three current wireless schemes in Ryedale.

Accompanying the availability of high speed broadband is a business support package to enable businesses to maximise the opportunities it presents.  Visit SFNY. for further information.

For further details on broadband issues, contact Economy and Infrastructure

The Local Enterprise Partnership

The Council is working with the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership to develop strategies, bid for funding, develop and implement a wide range of projects to grow businesses and remove barriers to economic development.  European and Government funding is available from 2014 to fund major infrastructure projects, business support skills and initiatives.


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