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Doing business in Calderdale

What we do to help Calderdale (in the heart of Pennine Yorkshire) continue to grow a culture of enterprise.

Calderdale: A great place for enterprise

Map of Calderdale

Calderdale is in the heart of Pennine Yorkshire. The main towns are: Halifax, Elland, Brighouse, Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden.

It has stunning countryside and is part of both the Leeds and Manchester 'City Regions'.

The economic downturn has created significant challenges for us. In response, we have put a number of measures in place to keep the economy moving. These include:

  • Encourage enterprise with Business Start-Up advice.
  • Support for small to medium sized enterprises with Business Growth Calderdale.

All of this, helps to make sure that the Borough continues to be a great place for enterprise.

Calderdale was a manufacturing district, based initially around textiles and then machine tools. Although this has declined in recent decades, there are still a number of advanced businesses in this sector. These employ around 20% of the local population. Other key sectors include:

  • Financial and Business Services (the largest sector in Calderdale);
  • Distribution;
  • Hotels and Restaurants.

Smaller, but growing sectors that make up 18% of all the district's businesses include:

  • Creative and Digital Industries;
  • and businesses connected with tourism.

The challenge for Calderdale at present is to continue growing a culture of enterprise. We know it is important that relationships between employers and education institutions are encouraged, so:

  • young people are given the skills they need to contribute to and succeed in the workplace;
  • and product innovation is enhanced to make sure local businesses stay competitive.


We advertise contracts with a value over £30,000 on YORtender. This is our procurement portal.

For more details, see: Doing business with the Council.

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