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YBM2019 is again at the Pavilions of Harrogate and will be on 29 April 2019.
We spoke to Chris Bentley, the owner and operator of Hornbeam Park Developments.
I had a business until 1996 that was based in Batley. We manufactured bread and biscuit making machinery.
I came to Harrogate, a little by chance, looking for property development opportunities.
My first project was on Rutland Drive, with a number of apartments.
In 1997 I bought 15-acres on Hornbeam Park and started building during 1998 with a mixture of small to medium light industrial units and office blocks.
Expansion has continued with other pockets of land and in 2000 with the 10-acres ICI/ Redrow site on Hornbeam that then became a hotel and fitness gym.
They have continued to develop and now have a mixture of properties throughout the town. From the M&S building on Leeds road to what was the old Citizen’s Advice Bureau on Victoria Avenue amongst others.
The 142,000 redevelopment of the Matrix is a significant move, providing very high-efficiency space. It is attracting new businesses to Hornbeam and allowing others to significantly expand. Removals, exhibition and storage company, Fishers are now moving into a new unit, giving them significantly more storage space.
Many of the businesses have really benefited from being on Hornbeam Park – it has enhanced their opportunity and given them an environment conducive to good business and to progress as a business.
They are once again supporting the Yorkshire Business Market. This year it sees some changes with the Yorkshire Society taking a lead and an enhanced format – addition of a conference, VIP lunch and casual networking at the end of the day.
Philip Bell, CEO of the Yorkshire Society, said:
We are delighted to have Hornbeam Park back as a sponsor, they help make the event happen.
But more than that, they help us be involved with business, in Harrogate and Yorkshire.