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New road name helps put business park on the map

After a two year wait, local businessman Alan Cryer of Oakwood Park Business Centre, near to Harrogate in Bishop Thornton has cause for celebration after successfully receiving approval for a new road name.

The road in question, now known as ‘Fountains Road’ runs from the B6165 (near Ripley) up Scarah Bank, passed Bishop Thornton towards Fountains Abbey.

Mr Cryer said:

I’ve been working on this with the local council for quite some time, it’s an anomaly that such an important road was never named, I felt it was important for Oakwood Park to have a proper address.  The business centre is home to a growing number of businesses and our visitor numbers have gradually increased as the park has expanded. We have two well known sofa showrooms based here, Sofas & Stuff and Delcor, it’s essential their customers can easily locate their showrooms.

Likewise other businesses based here will also benefit, as will the wider community and tourists on their way to Fountains Abbey.


Alan Cryer of Oakwood Park Business Centre
Alan Cryer of Oakwood Park Business Centre


In addition Mr Cryer has also obtained a unique postcode exclusive to the business centre and all businesses based at the Park.

Mr Cryer added:

It will obviously take some time for the new name and postcode to show up on maps and sat navs, but now that the road signs have been erected it will make visiting the business centre much easier.

Last year the business centre welcomed seven new businesses to the Park which included Yorkshire Cloud, Green Energy Publishing, Delcor, Montpellier Media, Creatus Engineering Consultants, Bright Future IFA and Phil Hargreaves Photography.


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The park continues to expand with reservations being taken for a new development of 12 offices due for completion in the summer.  The new development comprises of single person offices to larger office suites.

The business centre was awarded Smart Park status in 2011 and benefits from the latest high speed fibre optic communications providing a fast and reliable internet connection for all it’s tenants.

Oakwood Park Business Centre can be found on Fountains Road, Bishop Thornton, Harrogate, HG3 3JN.

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