The following information has been taken from the Settle Regeneration Study 2012.
The study area has a total population in 2010 of 16,310, based on estimates by North Yorkshire County Council. Out of this total 2,580 people live in Settle parish. Other parishes with a relatively large population are Bentham (3,080), Ingleton (2,120), Hellifield (1,370), Giggleswick (1,290) and Long Preston (890). The parishes of Settle and Giggleswick which make up the town of Settle have a combined population of 3,870 which is the largest concentration of population in the study area.
The most recent data on economic activity in the study area is from the 2001 Census. The proportion of the population aged 16-64 who were economically active in employment in the study area in 2001 was 72%, below the average for Craven District (77%) but above the average for Great Britain (70%). The proportion of economically active employees in the study area was 54%, below the average for both Craven (61%) and GB (61%). In contrast the proportion of economically active in self- employment was 19%, above the average for Craven (16%) and well above the average for GB.
The proportion of total jobs in the study area in retailing and wholesale trade (20.9%) in 2010 is above the national average of 16.2%. The survey of Settle town centre carried out for this study shows that there are 50 shops in the town centre, representing 43% of all retail and commercial businesses in the town centre. This compares with an average of 50% for all centres in the UK based on data from Experian Goad.
The proportion of total jobs in the study area in hotels and restaurants (11.6%) in 2010 is above the national average of 6.7%. The number of VAT-based businesses in the study area in hotels and catering in 2010 represents 8.1% of all VAT-based businesses, compared to 7.5% in Craven and 6.5% in England. Therefore the hotels and catering sector can be regarded as a key sector in the local economy. Coniston Cold Hotel employs over 100 people.
Mining & Quarrying
In 2010, 2.3% of employment within the study area was in mining and quarrying, compared to the national average of 0.3%. The study area includes three quarries within close proximity to Settle: these are Dry Rigg, Arcow, and Horton. Direct employment in the three quarries is 41 jobs.
The largest manufacturing firm in Settle is the Arla Foods Settle Creamery at Sowarth Field Industrial Estate. Arla Foods is responsible for some of the UK’s leading dairy brands such as Yorkshire Butter, Lurpak, Anchor and Cravendale. Processing approximately two billion litres of milk a year Arla is one of the UK’s leading dairy companies and a supplier of fresh liquid milk and cream to major retailers. The Settle Creamery produces concentrated milk and powdered milk for export, UHT milk and butter. There are very few other manufacturing firms in the Settle area. G.I. Hopley Ltd Joinery Manufacturing occupies an industrial unit at the Sidings Industrial Estate in Settle. John Roberts Holdings Limited is a long established private company manufacturing cardboard and paper products at Christies Mill, Settle. Rivendell Cabinet Company Limited manufactures furniture at Sowarth Industrial Estate, Settle. Townson Tractors is located at Hellifield.