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Future Ambitions

York and North Yorkshire is ambitious, and as the Local Enterprise Partnership we are committed to ensuring the region capitalises on new opportunities as we bounce back from the impact of COVID-19. 

We will work with the UK government and local stakeholders to ensure that York and North Yorkshire is benefitting from the Build Back Better policies to reach our full potential as a Greener, Fairer, and Stronger economy for all. Underpinning our ambitions is the vision to become England’s first carbon negative region, capitalising on our unique capabilities within our natural capital, innovation assets, and major industrial investment.

We have worked closely with local partners to develop the devolution proposals for York and North Yorkshire, and have invested heavily in feasibility studies to ensure we retain a strong pipeline of proposals. Alongside this, we have collaborated to develop ambitious future plans directly delivering on the UK government strategic objectives. These include:

Becoming a Science Superpower

BioYorkshire – a strategic collaboration with University of York, FERA Science Ltd and Askham Bryan College to create a globally significant bioeconomy innovation cluster.

Delivering Net Zero

Our Carbon Abatement Pathway sets out an evidence base to guide the region in making investments to achieve carbon negativity


Our 21st Century Towns work provides a clear framework for our towns to not just recover from the impact of COVID-19, but also to use it as a catalyst for positive change. Complimenting this work, Our Historic Environment Report, developed in partnership with Historic England, provides a strategic approach to leveraging the economic value of our heritage assets, recognising the importance of places in driving the economy.

Global Britain

Working with the Department for International Trade, we have developed an internationalisation strategy, identifying key opportunities for York and North Yorkshire to capitalise following the UK's exit from the EU.

In 2021-22, we hope to meet and converse with as many of our partners as we can through our ‘Festival of Engagement’, from September through to Christmas. Together we will turn our Plan for Growth into action and impact and build a Greener, Fairer, Stronger York and North Yorkshire.