HUDDERSFIELD has seen a record number of new companies being set up in June, according to research by company formation experts

Some 104 new companies were established in June – the highest figure on record for the town during that month. The latest figure is viewed as an impressive increase on the 89 companies that were set up during the same period in 2011.

The survey said Huddersfield was looking to expand its tourist market with events such as the Food and Drink Festival and a Discover Huddersfield campaign designed to celebrate what is unique about the town.

Kirklees Council has also organised a networking event next month to help local businesses learn how they can benefit from tourist trade.

Officials are also working with neighbouring areas to maximise tourism for the region.

David Thornton, head of marketing and deputy chief executive of Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, said: “We are very much looking forward to meeting businesses in Kirklees and sharing knowledge and information about how we could work together in future to maximise the considerable benefits that tourism brings to the area and the local and regional economy.

Peter Valaitis, managing director of, said: “A record breaking number of new companies in June is fantastic news for Huddersfield and a very encouraging sign for future economic growth.

“Tourism is good for bringing wealth to an area and new businesses will benefit from any increase in visitor numbers.”

He said: “A growing tourist trade can only serve to strengthen the economy in Huddersfield, which is great news for all the new companies that were set up during June.”