At the heart of Yorkshire

The Selby district is a great place to do business and a great place to enjoy life.

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Video of Selby district

We're a great place to do business because...

We’re right at the heart of Yorkshire.  We’re in the centre of the economic hubs of Leeds, Sheffield, York and Hull.  This means our companies benefit from great connections to these areas, but without the disadvantages of higher costs associated with major urban centres.  We also benefit from being supported by two different Local Enterprise Partnerships, which means businesses here have access to a greater range of funding and support.

We’ve got great road and rail connections to the rest of the UK and our companies benefit from these fantastic transport links.  We’re also in easy reach of five international airports.  This means our businesses can attract staff from a wide area, and companies can distribute goods and services easily from a base with our district.

Building site
We’ve got big plans for opening up brand new business space.  It’s more affordable here than our neighbouring areas too, which means companies get more for their money.  Big developments in the pipeline include Sherburn2 and the redevelopment of Kellingley Colliery.  Both will offer brand new space for existing companies to grow and new companies to invest in our district.

We’ve got a proven entrepreneurial spirit.  We’ve got a greater percentage of small businesses compared to neighbouring areas.  This gives us a fantastic opportunity to support these to grow, bringing new jobs and opportunities and supporting sectors in which small companies thrive, such as creative industries.  It means our employment sector can be more flexible to meet the demands of a changing world; particularly important in a post-Brexit world.

Selby college
We’ve got a really well-qualified local workforce.  A third of people here are educated to degree level, which is on a par with the national average.  This matters because it means companies can recruit the skills they need within the local area, helping them to expand and grow.

We’ve got the highest predicted population growth in North Yorkshire, which means a growing local workforce to support companies who are investing in new jobs.  For local retailers and service industries, it means a growing base of potential customers in the area. 

People living in our area have more disposable income compared to neighbouring areas.  This is because house prices are generally lower, and the income of our skilled workforce is generally high.  This helps our businesses because their local customers have more money to spend.

The Selby district is a great place to enjoy life because...
We’ve got a fantastic mix of vibrant market towns and picturesque villages, all set within rolling countryside.  Our area encapsulates England’s traditional green and pleasant land, but supported by 21st century connectivity and opportunities.


Our house prices are lower than neighbouring metropolitan areas.  People get more for their money here in the district.  Our housing stock is also of great quality, offering something for everyone.  This matters because it means we can attract families, which helps to grow our local workforce and our overall population to support local retailers, services and industries.

Police in the community

We’re one of the safest parts of one of the safest counties in England.  This means we’re a great place for families to grow and people to stay for the long-term.  People feel safe and secure, which means we can attract the best talent to support businesses based in this area.  It also helps to foster a great community spirit which can be found in both our villages and market towns.

Our families benefit from a top quality education sector.  We’re home to a leading further education college.  Our primary schools consistently perform well, and we have a great quality independent school sector.

Landscape of Cawood village

We’ve got great access to leisure.  Our area benefits from unspoilt countryside – ideal country for walking and cycling.  Within an easy day’s reach we have three different national parks, alongside the Yorkshire Wolds and the world-renowned Yorkshire coast.  

We want to build on these things to deliver our ambitions to make the district a great place.

We've got a lot of data about our area.  You can read a full breakdown in our Local Insight reports.