History of YCL

YCL (also known as Commercial Services) is a wholly owned subsidiary company of the University of York. YCL was formed in 2012 with the overall aim to deliver a profitable service and provide essential income to the University.

There are a number of commercially focussed sections which make up Commercial Services; Catering and HospitalityDesign & PrintYork ConferencesYork SportRetailYork Campus Nursery & York Science Park.

Some of the key achievements of each section can be found below, for more information on the history of each section, please click the headings under each. 


York Sport

  • £9M investment in new York Sport Village
  • Tour De France launch
  • Park run launched
  • Full history 


Design & Print Solutions

  • Moved to Heslington studio
  • Included web design in their services
  • Grew 100% in size
  • Full history


York Conferences

  • Ruby anniversary of the conference office 
  • Bronze, Silver and Gold 'Green Impact' awards
  • Hosted over 13,000 events
  • Full history


Catering & Hospitality

  • £3.2m invested in catering facilities
  • Bronze 'Green Impact' award
  • Gold & Silver food hygiene awards
  • Full history


York Science Park

  • Expanded from one building to five
  • Supported over 400 businesses
  • Joined YCL
  • Full history


Retail

  • University of York merchedise shop opens
  • Launched online merchandise store
  • New NISA Kimberlow supermarket opened
  • Full history