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Commercial Property Guide: Scarborough

The largest holiday resort along the Yorkshire Coast, Scarborough draws an influx of visitors throughout the year. Drawn to its charming seascapes, bustling town centre, and well-preserved architecture, tourists boost the local economy.

Figures from the Great Britain Tourism Survey show that there was a 2% increase in domestic overnight trips in Scarborough, with a boost of 4% in average spending between 2013 and 2014. The increase from overseas visitors jumped by 5%. Approximately £318 million was spent by overnight visitors in 2014, with 6 million day trips to the borough this same year.

Traditionally a fishing village, Scarborough is also enjoying a boom in growth and development. It’s become a hub for the creative and digital economy, with regular events and the development of a ‘Creative Coast’ industry network. Residents enjoy a satisfying work-life balance, with the natural beauty of the seaside and the North Yorkshire Moors on their doorstep.

Prominent local industry

Two of Scarborough’s traditional industries are still very much active. The first is fishing, which still thrives thanks to a busy working harbour, fish market, and shops.

Tourism is a strong part of the local economy as well, particularly in the summer months when Scarborough’s beaches and visitor attractions are at their busiest. Pindar and Cast Iron Radiators Ltd are major employers in the printing and manufacturing sectors.

Scarborough General Hospital is also a major employer in the area, with nearly 2,500 staff.

More recently, Scarborough has become a major centre for the creative industries, comprising as much as 19% of the town’s economy. Local employers in this sector include Electric Angel Design and Woodend Creative Workspace. Scarborough hosts a digital festival known as Digital Scarborough each year to celebrate the town’s creative industry.

To suit its creative and high-tech industries, Scarborough’s digital connectivity has been heavily invested in. The town offers once of the fastest internet connections in Europe, and there is free Wi-Fi throughout the promenade and harbour area.

Economic and business developments

Scarborough Business Park has just undergone a £9.6million redevelopment scheme, which has doubled its size. There are now over 100 new acres of industrial land available for development, which is anticipated to generate over 1,000 new jobs over the next decade. 4

To boost the creative economy, Wood End Museum has recently been converted into a creative centre and workspace, while the Rotunda Museum was redeveloped to become a major centre for geology.

The world’s largest offshore wind farm is due to be constructed by Dong Energy off the Yorkshire coast, bringing an estimated 2,000 jobs to the area.

Notable commercial locations

Scarborough’s town centre offers chain and independent retailers, many of which are positioned along the pedestrianised high street. The Brunswick shopping centre offers another cluster of commercial activity, as does the historic indoor market.

The Borough of Scarborough offers three major business parks. Scarborough Business Park is positioned just three miles south of the town centre, and is the largest of the area’s parks. It’s home to tenants including Plaxtons, York Potash, and McCain Foods. It offers Next Generation Broadband, with 100mb of Broadband speed.

Whitby Business Park is another important local commercial location, also recently expanded to offer a range of plots for development. Current companies located on the park include Whitby Seafoods and Botham’s of Whitby.

Hunmanby Industrial Estate is the third major business park near Scarborough, close to Filey Town and the A165. It houses many tech businesses, including Deep Sea Electronics and Apollo Plastic Systems. Smaller industrial estates include the Burniston and Lower Clark Industrial Estates, among others.

Notable commuter hubs

Positioned on the North Yorkshire Coast, Scarborough Borough includes the town of Scarborough itself as well as neighbouring Whitby and Filey. Many individuals who work in Scarborough commute from these two towns, and vice versa.

Scarborough’s within commuting distance of the larger cities of York and Leeds. The North Transpennine Express route operates services between Scarborough’s railway station and York, Leeds, Liverpool, and Manchester.

This picturesque area includes a high number of postcard-perfect smaller villages within a stone’s throw of Scarborough, with some of the most popular including Robin Hood’s Bay, Port Mulgrave, and Runswick Bay. Coastal routes include the A171 and A165, while the A64 links Scarborough with York, Leeds, and Malton. Hull is also within commuting distance from Scarborough.

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