Leeds City Region

Leeds City Region is the UK’s largest regional economy, a national and international leader in key industries, and one of the best places in the UK for businesses to grow.

The 10 districts of Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield and York are known collectively as Leeds City Region.

Together, they are the UK’s largest regional economy, a national and international leader in key industries, and one of the best places in the UK for businesses to grow.

The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (the LEP) represents the interests of Leeds City Region nationally and internationally. We work to build a strong, successful economy where everyone can build great businesses, careers and lives. 

The Leeds City Region economy generated a GVA in excess of £69 billion in 2018. It has a highly-skilled workforce of 1.4 million people and 7 million people within an hour’s drive, 109,000 businesses, and represents not only the largest economic centre in the Northern Powerhouse, but the UK’s largest regional economy after London. In fact, the Leeds City Region economy alone is larger than many European countries.

The City Region is home to 30 national or international banks and building societies, making it the UK’s largest hub for banking, legal and professional services outside of London. It is also an international leader in digital technology, healthcare innovation, and advanced manufacturing and engineering.

Leeds City Region is also home to the largest cluster of higher education institutions outside London. Its nine universities produce world-leading research and 39,000 skilled graduates each year – almost two-fifths of whom graduate in STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) subjects.

It also has a fast-growing young population, with more under-24 year-olds than any other area outside the South East.

With strong road, rail and air links to the rest of the country and beyond, Leeds City Region is ideally-placed for trade and business.

Boasting the highest rate of private sector jobs growth in the UK, Leeds City Region’s strengths provide the ideal basis for sustained business growth.

Leeds City Region also saw the fastest growth in foreign direct investment in the North of England in 2017, as growing numbers of global businesses chose Leeds City Region as their location of choice.

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