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Richmond & Lower Swaledale Business Association

Welcome to Business Association website.   We are a member lead organisation that is open to all businesses in Richmond and Lower Swaledale. You can find out how to join the organisation. Discover the advantages of membership. Find out who is involved and where and when we meet. Read and listen to some of our members case histories and discover the advantages of locating a business in Richmond. Then – think about joining us

Richmond is simply a beautiful place to live...

The life work balance is always a difficult one. Finding beautiful surroundings that offer a calming atmosphere can offset stressful times at work and home and make life more manageable. Richmond offers a tranquil environment, with the reassurance of good schools and low crime rates. Good trade routes and a strong business network add to the attraction of this historic market town.

The gateway to Swaledale, Richmond has long been known and revered by walkers who have discovered the idyllic town as they plotted a course along the award winning Coast to Coast, a walk coming second only to the famous Chichen Itza walk in Mexico.

Literary greats such as Wainwright and Herriot have marvelled at the beautiful town that has evolved through hundreds of years and retained pockets of times past. The Norman castle still dominates the skyline of Richmond and creates a beautiful backdrop for the Georgian fronted town centre with its attractive double fronted facades and the largest cobbled market place in the country. Walk down an old flagstone alley and discover the oldest, Grade 1 Listed, award winning living theatre, which is the most complete working Georgian Theatre in the country.  Old has become new too - with the former railway station now home to 2 cinemas, a cafe and restaurant, a gallery, and six artisnal food producers including, beer, cheese, bread, chocolate and icecream.

Supporting the heart of this beautiful town is a business pulse that offers excellent local supplies, easily accessible support services and a network of businessmen and women keen to develop the town and reinforce the sense of community.

Richmond has benefitted from some considerable investment over the past ten years with various partners working together to access funding and use it to invest in and improve the town.  The arrival of The Station meant that not only was a superb individually designed Victorian Gothic station building saved - but it has found new use with two cinemas, a cafe and restaurant, gallery and a home for six artisnal food producers.  Over 40 buildings have been improved in and around the market place using a design guide and funds facilitated by Richmond Swale Valley Community initiative.


Facts and Figures on Richmond


  • 49,300 live in the Richmondshire District, of which 8,760 live in Richmond town.
  • The population of Richmond has increased by 8.9% since 1991.
  • Richmond has the second lowest unemployment rate of all the districts within North Yorkshire.
  • Tourism creates around 38% of employment in the area.

Emergency Services

  • Fire service has a 98.4% response rate against government targets.
  • The ambulance service achieved 96% for 3-minute activation.
  • In 2001/2 the police response time target to respond to 999 calls was 15 minutes in urban areas and 20 minutes in rural areas.
  • The services highest rating was 93%


  • Two primary schools – C of E the largest and the Methodist School have both scored well in recent inspections and St Mary's is the RC primary
  • Richmond also has two secondary schools, Richmond and Saint Francis Xavier


  • One library situated on the Corner of Dundas Street close to the Market Place
  • One supermarket situated in the town and three others in neighbouring Catterick Garrison (3 miles away)
  • Property is available to rent and buy with house prices starting at £145,000 for a semi detached family dwelling