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Indie York celebrates hitting record membership high and announces exciting expansion

Indie York, the city's supportive community of independent businesses, is thrilled to announce that its membership has reached an all-time high of 256 members as of the start of June 2024. This milestone marks a significant achievement for Indie York, underscoring the vibrant and thriving community of independent businesses within the city.

In an exciting development, Indie York is proud to announce an expansion of its membership boundaries. Previously, membership has been limited to businesses within the York Outer Ring Road. However, starting from July, Indie York is extending its reach to include the entire City of York unitary authority area. This expansion means that independent businesses located in, for example, Bishopthorpe, Haxby, Strensall, and Acaster Malbis are now eligible to join the dynamic network and feature on the much-loved Indie York map, social media channels and website.

Rebecca Hill, Chair of Indie York, said; "We are absolutely delighted to welcome more independent businesses into the Indie York community. Our expansion reflects our commitment to supporting and celebrating the diverse array of local enterprises that make York unique. We believe that by extending our reach, we can foster even greater collaboration, innovation, and community spirit among our members. As independent businesses, we are more powerful when we all work together for the benefit of the whole city."

The announcement comes following a successful Indie York Annual General Meeting (AGM), where members gathered to network, share updates, and discuss the future of independent business in York. The event featured an inspiring keynote speech from Chris Sands, founder of Totally Locally, who shared his insights on the importance of supporting local businesses and building strong community connections.

The AGM was an opportunity for members to exchange ideas, and learn about the exciting plans Indie York has for the future. With the new expansion, Indie York aims to continue its mission of promoting and supporting independent businesses throughout the entire City of York area.

Indie York is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2016 by Johnny Hayes after the devastating Boxing Day floods of 2015. Originally starting with 30 businesses, it now supports over 250 independent shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, service and health and wellbeing businesses, contributing to York's unique charm. Indie York promotes these businesses through its website, social media, and paper maps, offering residents, tourists, and students unique alternatives to high street brands.

Indie York is seeking potential supporters and sponsors throughout the city to support its work in celebrating the independent business community in York. If you, or your organisation, is interested in this exciting opportunity, please go to or contact

About Indie York

Indie York is a network of independent businesses dedicated to promoting and supporting the local enterprise in York. With a focus on collaboration, innovation, and community, Indie York provides a platform for independent businesses to thrive and contribute to the unique character of the city.