Locating your business in the East Riding

Find out about what the area has to offer as a business location, what it is like to live and work in the area, incentives and support available and business premises and development sites available.

Why should I locate my business in the East Riding of Yorkshire?

East Riding of Yorkshire - The ideal location

The East Riding area covers 933 square miles and has around 330,000 residents.

The cities of Hull, York, Leeds, Sheffield and Lincoln are all within a one-hour drive, and we have some of the least-congested motorways in the UK providing easy access to the rest of the country. The East Riding is strategically-located midway between London & Edinburgh, bringing a market of over 40 million people within a 4-hour drive. 

The East Riding of Yorkshire offers a wealth of opportunities, whether you are starting or growing your business or looking to locate your business here. 

The area has something to offer everyone, from the seaside towns of Bridlington, Hornsea and Withernsea, to the market towns of Beverley, Howden and Driffield. 

Find out more about the area:

Visit Hull and East Yorkshire (external website)

The East Riding can provide major commercial sites, popular smaller industrial estates, business parks, business centres and market town developments. Our major development sites are situated along the M62/A63 corridor with superb access to the national motorway and Humber port network.  

Major investors who have already recognised the benefits of the East Riding of Yorkshire include BP Chemicals, Nippon Gohsei, Guardian Industries, Tesco Distribution and The Press Association.

You can find out about development sites in the East Riding using the development site finder:

Find your nearest development sites

You can find out what business accommodation opportunities are available in the East Riding using the business accommodation finder:

Find your nearest council property for sale or rent

What is it like to live in the East Riding?

East Yorkshire encompasses city, coast, countryside and rolling hills. There are traditional market towns and quaint villages alongside up-and-coming cosmopolitan areas and the vibrant heritage of Hull, so there's no wonder the area has such wide appeal.

Enjoy the medieval market town of Beverley as it becomes a festival hub, with annual events that celebrate literature, jazz, and folk music.

Explore a dramatic landscape from the chalk uplands and woodlands, leafy lanes and old railway lines, to the soaring cliffs of Flamborough and Sewerby above the crashing waves of the North Sea. 

Discover elegant promenades in the breezy seaside resorts of Bridlington, Hornsea and Withernsea, and admire the full beauty of the East Yorkshire coast along the famous Wolds Way. 

Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail (external website)

Visit Hull and East Yorkshire (VHEY)

Visit Hull and East Yorkshire is a great source of information, from the tastiest place to grab a bite to eat to the most scenic place to walk on the Wolds. You will find more information about what it's like to live in East Yorkshire on Visit Hull and East Yorkshire:

Visit Hull and East Yorkshire (external website)

YourLife is a guide put together with the help of people who have already moved to the area.  It has been produced by Bondholders, a 280+ strong group of businesses from around the Humber Estuary.

Bondholders - YourLife (pdf 5mb)

What are the transport links to and from the area?


We are located on both the north-south and east-west motorway systems, the M18 (to the M1 and A1) and the M62. The A1 and M1 are within a 30-minute drive of our larger development sites. 

The East Riding is also situated on the E20 corridor. This European trading route links Ireland (Limerick) with Russia (St.Petersburg) via the North of England, Germany, and the expanded European Union states of the Baltic Region.

The M62/A63 corridor forms part of the multi-modal Northern European Trade Axis (NETA) and is a natural gateway for goods and raw materials vital to the UK’s manufacturing and energy requirements.  

A range of high-quality employment sites along this corridor ensures that Hull and the East Riding are well placed to attract further large-scale foreign direct investments and major projects from key growth sectors.


The Humber is the busiest port complex in the UK, handling 65 million tonnes of cargo each year and supporting 33,000 jobs. The major ports of Hull, Goole, Immingham, and Grimsby are complemented by modern wharf facilities which can be found along the Trent as far as Gainsborough and on the Ouse as far as York.

The port of Goole lies at the heart of the UK’s transport network, with immediate access to major motorways, rail and inland waterway links. It is the UK’s most inland port handling over 2 million tonnes of cargo a year, including dry and liquid bulk, containers, and forest products. The site has a dedicated rail freight terminal, as well as direct access to the M62 and EZ employment land at Junction 36. 

Together with Hull, and offering daily and overnight roll-on/roll-off sailings to Rotterdam and Zeebrugge, a European market of over 320 million consumers is within a day’s delivery.


The East Riding of Yorkshire benefits from direct links with the east coast railway network, through regular connections at Doncaster, York, and Hull. 

Hull to London takes just 2 hours 40 minutes and Hull Trains operate this service 7 times a day.


Humberside International Airport and Doncaster Sheffield Airport lie within a 30-minute drive of the East Riding, with Leeds/Bradford International Airport only 60 minutes away.

Humberside International Airport offers regular flights to mainland Europe, aviation training facilities and a heliport serving North Sea offshore industries.

Humberside Airport (external website) 

Manchester and East Midlands airports are also within easy driving distance.

What are the main industry sectors in the East Riding?

The Humber has powered the UK economy for decades, bringing everything from food to freight, coal to cars, passengers to petroleum.

Its location and ports connectivity continues to drive some serious investments and innovation around the estuary, from energy and engineering companies to chemical and food manufacturers.

Click/tap the 'Read more' link below to find out about the East Riding region's main industry sectors:

Main industry sectors in the East Riding

Please click/tap the links below to jump down the page:

Renewable energy cluster

With a pivotal role in the UK energy sector, the Humber has established strong credentials in the chemical and energy industry, as well as offshore and marine engineering.

You can find out about the energy sector opportunities by visiting: 

The Humber - Energy (external website)

The link below shows a map of the Humber’s UK Energy Estuary:

The Humber - UK's Energy Estuary Map (pdf opens in new window)

Ports and logistics

The Humber port is the UK’s busiest port complex and fourth busiest in Europe, handling every type of cargo from cars to containers, food to freight, passengers to petroleum.  To find out more about what the Humber Port has to offer visit:

The Humber - Port-related manufacturing and logistics (external website)

Associated British Ports - Humber (external website)

Founded in 2005, the Logistics Institute, located at the University of Hull, is a world-class centre of excellence in global logistics and supply chain management. The institute is unique in offering logistics degree courses, research, business consultancy and training and community engagement.

University of Hull - Logistics Institute (external website)

Chemicals cluster

The Humber hosts a major cluster of chemical manufacturers and chemistry-using industries involved in the production of bulk and speciality chemicals, energy, fibres, paints and coatings, pharmaceutical ingredients personal and household care – all markets with an increasing need for innovation and sustainable feedstocks. Find out more about the chemical sector opportunities:

The Humber - Chemicals (external website)

Saltend Chemicals Park is a cluster of world-class chemicals and renewable energy businesses at the heart of the UK’s 'energy estuary'.  To find out more visit:

Saltend chemicals park (external website)

HCF CATCH Ltd run capital,  business and economic support programmes, network groups, skills programmes and events aimed at encouraging best practice, collaborative projects and knowledge and intelligence exchange.  Visit their website to find out more:

HCF CATCH (external website)

Agriculture and food production

The area’s strong agricultural base and fishing heritage have led to the evolution of a sophisticated food manufacturing and processing sector in recent years.  Further information on the food sector can be found here:

The Humber - Food manufacturing (external website)

The Humber - Britain's Kitchen Map (pdf opens in new window)

Information on the food manufacturing sector proposition for Hull and East Riding can be found in the document:

Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire Investment - Food Manufacturing Sector Proposition (word 50kb opens in new window)

National Agri-Food Innovation Campus (NAFIC)

The NAFIC Campus is an 80-acre parkland site a few miles north of York that offers a unique scientific environment which can help drive local growth within the bio-economy. NAFIC is home to a lively mix of private and public sector science-based organisations such as Fera Science Ltd which is leading the global challenge of food security and supply chain integrity, Animal Plant Health Agency (APHA) and a leading centre for Agri-Food research.

Caravan industry

A leading sector in East Yorkshire, 90% of the static caravan and lodge manufacturing undertaken in the UK is carried out in Hull and the East Riding. Major manufacturers include the Swift Group, Willerby Holiday Homes and ABI (UK).

Swift Group (external website)

Willerby Holiday Homes (external website)

ABI (UK) (external website)


Fertile soils support intensive arable farming in the East Riding, which is home to over 2,000 agriculture and food manufacturing businesses employing over 8,000 people.


Drax Power Station is the UK’s largest single producer of electricity, 70% of which is generated from biomass fuels which is driving related investments in the region. In total, Drax generates 7% of the nation’s electricity and supports 4,500 jobs.

Drax Power Station (external website)

Coastal business

Bridlington is the largest shellfish port in the UK with a multi-million-pound export market.

The visitor economy was worth an estimated £750 million to East Yorkshire in 2015 supporting over 12,000 jobs.

Chemical and pharmaceutical

The chemical and pharmaceutical industry is worth over £1 billion to the Humber economy. 

Saltend Chemicals Park is a cluster of world-class chemical and renewable energy operations and has received £500 million of investment in recent years and offers a reliable and adaptable environment for major 'blue-chip' companies.

Gas and gas caverns

The Langeled Pipeline runs 725 miles under the North Sea from Norway to the Easington Gas Terminal. The annual capacity of the Langeled Pipeline is 25.5 billion cubic metres (900 billion cubic feet) which equates to approximately 30% of Britain’s peak gas demand.

SSE’s gas storage sites at Aldbrough and Hornsea (Atwick) are hollowed out of a huge salt-deposit and have combined capacity of over 500 million cubic metres (mcm). The sites are an important part of the UK gas storage network, accounting for around 30 per cent of the UK’s storage.

Offshore wind technology

A joint investment of £310 million from ABP and Siemens in turbine blade manufacturing at Alexandra Dock is set to support the Green Port Hull vision of establishing the Humber as a world-class centre in offshore wind technology.

What type of work, education and skills does the East Riding have to offer?

The East Riding has a very diverse economy and is not heavily reliant upon one main sector for employment.  There are a number of major national/international companies located in the East Riding of Yorkshire such as BP, Croda, Guardian Industries, Nippon Gohsei, and The Press Association. There are 161,000 economically-active people in the East Riding.

The East Riding Data Observatory provides access to information on a wide range of themes collected from national and local data sources and can be analysed and reported on by local authorities, partner agencies and members of the public.

The East Riding Data Observatory provides easy access to key statistics and area profiles using interactive maps, dynamic charts and tables to provide a clearer understanding of areas within the East Riding of Yorkshire.

East Riding Data Observatory (external East Riding website) 

East Riding of Yorkshire Council works with many local training providers and Jobcentre Plus.

In particular, East Riding of Yorkshire Council's inward investment team works in partnership with Jobcentre Plus to provide a seamless recruitment service, the majority of the assistance available is delivered at no cost to the employer. Charges are normally only applied to press advertising.

More specifically for bulk recruitment, (a total requirement of 50 or more), we would assist with recruitment open day events.  Events of this nature have been delivered successfully for a number of major investors such as Guardian Industries and Ebuyer (UK) Ltd who both recruited in excess of 200 people.

The East Riding economy

  • 15,500 businesses
  • 198,100 working-age population
  • 72,500 people educated to degree level
  • 15,500 apprenticeship starts 

The Hull and East Riding economy

  • 23,700 businesses
  • 369,000 working-age population
  • 121,900 people educated to degree level
  • 8,700 apprenticeship starts 

Further information

More information on what it is like to live, work and study in the area can be found in the following guides:

‘YourLife’ provides information on what it is like to live and work in the Humber Region.  

It covers everything from housing and education to entertaining the family at the weekend.

Bondholders - 'Your Life' (pdf 5mb)

Are there any incentives and support available from the council to help locate my business to the East Riding?

The council’s inward investment team offers a free professional service to assist investors to implement projects. Companies who are looking to expand their existing operations in the East Riding or looking to establish new facilities should contact us to discuss their proposed projects. 

Support is customised to meet the requirements of each client and can include:

  • locating suitable sites and/or premises
  • sourcing financial assistance
  • assistance to recruit and train a workforce
  • working with utility providers
  • liaison with other council departments such as planning, highways and environmental health
  • re-location support including guided tours of the area.

Visit the Funding and support page to find out about funding sources that may be available to you.

If you would like to discuss your requirements you can contact the inward investment team:

Get in touch
(01482) 391614

Information on our services can be found in the following leaflet:

Taking Care of Business (pdf 544kb)

What business sites and premises are available in the area?

The East Riding of Yorkshire offers a wealth of opportunities for developing your business on major commercial sites, popular smaller industrial estates, business parks and market town developments. 

Our major development sites are situated along the M62/A63 corridor with superb access to the national motorway and Humber port network.

Take a look at the kinds of properties and development sites available in the area.

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