Business Breakfast: Investment to supercharge growth at Harrogate firm
Last updated Nov 20, 2023
Composite image of, on the left, the Stray Ferret and Harrogate BID logos, and on the right, the team at Robinsons Facilities Services in Harrogate.
The team at Robinsons Facilities Services in Harrogate.

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A commercial property management business in Harrogate is on target to achieve 33% growth this year after receiving a six-figure investment from NPIF – FW Capital Debt Finance, which is managed by FW Capital and part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.

Robinsons Facilities Services will use the money which follows a first round of funding in 2020 to plan for its next phase of growth and create new jobs.

The company was spun out of Robinsons Group in 2013, and since then it has experienced year-on-year growth and has broadened its service offering to include fire, security and life safety systems and many other commercial building services. It now has more than 500 sites in Yorkshire, and deals with a variety of sectors including leisure, industrial, healthcare, multi-property residential landlords and education.

Managing director Luke Kitchen said:

“Today, the business is over almost four times the size it was in 2013 and we’ve broadened our services to include everything that’s needed to maintain and repair commercial buildings.

“The investment received from FW Capital has provided us with a secure platform to grow our business with confidence. We’ve also expanded our workforce and recently taken on an engineer and two more admin roles.”

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund project is supported financially by the European Union using funding from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the European Investment Bank.

Council’s new economic growth plans

North Yorkshire Council has adopted a new five-year economic growth strategy.

The purpose of the plan is to accelerate economic growth across the region, and it includes measures to create a carbon-negative economy, maximise investment, support business growth, increase innovation and productivity and improve skill levels.

Carolyn Frank, York and North Yorkshire Federation of Small Businesses development manager, said:

“Businesses will welcome the joined-up approach recommended in the strategy, and the ambitions outlined, but will be focused on the ‘making it happen’ steps to follow.

“There is widespread economic uncertainty and it is crucial that the council works in partnership with business owners of all sizes to make sure that North Yorkshire continues to be a great place to do business, with businesses and self-employed needs understood.

“There are many exciting opportunities ahead through devolution and these will only be realised by the public and private sectors working in partnership. In a turbulent economy and time of rapid change, a strategy can only make a lasting difference if the implementation is action-oriented, agile and impact focused.”

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