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Join Indie York

Sign up to be an Indie York member – your first step in putting your independent business on the map!

If you run an independent business in York and would like to join us, we'd love to hear from you.

Enjoy the many benefits of Indie York membership. As well as your own Indie York online profile in our directory, your business can feature on the widely distributed Indie York paper map and also benefit from lively, engaging social media interaction with over 23,000 Indie York followers on social media platforms. We also hold frequent member networking events* and public events promoting Indie York at such events as the York Food & Drink Festival and Student Fresher Fairs. 

Indie York is a not-for-profit Community Association - working together for the good of us all.

For your business to qualify for Indie York membership you will need to fulfil the following criteria:

  • You must have a business address within the City of York (Area extended from July 2024).
  • Your business must conform to City of York Trading Standards
  • You must have no more than 5 branches
  • You are not part of a large chain of shops / be part of a franchise business
  • Your business must meet the standards required of the YIBA membership panel*

*Please note York Independent Business Association (YIBA) at their own discretion reserves the right to not approve a business in some circumstances.

Get started today:

  • Register your details using the form below and create a unique Indie York password for your account
  • Once approved, sign in with your account details and make your membership payment online 
  • You will then be able to create your business profile and upload your photos. (subject to YIBA approval)
  • Once live, you will be able to log in and edit your profile as and when necessary

The Membership fee is £75 p/a which helps to cover running costs. 

We look forward to welcoming you as a member of Indie York- working together for the good of us all.


*Member events in 2024

When you become an Indie York member you become part of a supportive, creative and fun community. To bring us all together, we organise monthly events for our members. Here's what we have planned for the year ahead...

Wednesday 31st January - The Big Indie York Q&A at Revolution, York.

Wednesday 21st February - The Original Ghost Walk of York & Networking at Dyls. 

Wednesday 27th March - The Bloody Tour of York & Networking at Museum Street Tavern.

Wednesday 24th April - The Big Indie York Q&A at Cycle Heaven, Fulford.

Tuesday 14th May - Wine Tasting at 2 Many Wines, Bishopthorpe Road

Thursday 27th June - Indie York Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 17th July - The Indie York Summer Social

August - Event details to come

September - The Big Indie York Q&A

October - Event details to come

November - Christmas Walking Tour

December - The Indie York Christmas Social

Testimonials from our members

We love Indie York! York is a city like few others; laid back and effortlessly cool - largely because it is full of diverse and vibrant indie businesses. Indie York recognises this and has provided a platform for these independent businesses to have a bigger voice as a collective than they would on their own. The membership fee is small (in comparison to other similar groups), and there is a genuine desire amongst the committee to bring real value to each and every member business. I would recommend Indie York to everyone - whether business looking to sign up, or as a consumer looking for the best places to shop, eat, and stay. We ❤️ Indie York and are proud to be a member!

Rebecca Hill, Galtres Lodge Hotel

Indie York works closely with small businesses of York and helped put York on the map for independent trade!

Kennedy’s Bar

We love Indie York. It is brilliant at showcasing the city's independent businesses, has proved to be a powerful and effective force for change and is run by lovely people to boot. YorkMix has benefited immeasurably from our Indie York membership. Much admired throughout the city and beyond, Indie York is reshaping our city for the better, and we feel fortunate to belong to an organisation which delivers for its members and for York itself.

Chris Titley, York Mix Media

We are delighted to be associated with and supported by the organisation that looks out for and promotes the small independents which make the York shopping, dining, hospitality and leisure experiences unique from other towns and cities.

Simon Main, Village Gallery

Being part of Indie York has been a great boost to our business - helping both tourists and residents alike find out about our restaurant and bar- where we are and what we do, as we are a little off the beaten track. Not only that, but the sense of community it creates for Yorks independent business’ is fantastic, we don’t have 100 employees and a Head Office to bounce ideas off. The social media support alone and feature on the map (that is everywhere you go in York) makes the subscription well worth it.

Annabel Snee, Whippet Inn

Indie York are flying the flag for the city’s independent businesses! We have found the team to be really helpful & supportive & they are passionate about highlighting what York’s independents have to offer. As a member you get an on-line profile, lots of social media interaction & a feature on the map that helps visitors discover the alternative York.

Tracey Malcolm, Tullivers

Being part of the Indie York network has given me valuable support from other members and my place on the fabulous new map means people can find my shop with ease!

Lauren Cook, Soul Organic