Let's talk manufacturing
Leeds City Region has the highest concentration of high-value manufacturers in the UK, combining academic and research centres of manufacturing excellence with a worldwide reputation for technical and scientific capabilities.
Leeds City Region has 7,300 manufacturing and engineering businesses, two-thirds of which are specialists in advanced processes, R&D and product development.
These businesses employ 144,000 people, representing the largest manufacturing base in the UK and generating £7 billion a year, or 12% of Leeds City Region’s economic output.
The LEP Growth Service provides advice and support to manufacturing SMEs to help identify opportunities, create plans for growth and enhance support with grant opportunities.
Invest in Leeds City Region
Leeds City Region is best placed to address the challenges for the future of manufacturing and provides the perfect location for companies looking to grow, innovate and improve efficiency.
The EY Attractiveness Survey 2018 confirmed Leeds City Region’s strength in attracting international investment, with the wider Yorkshire and the Humber area recording the highest number of manufacturing projects in the UK.
The UK is seeing a resurgence of high-value manufacturing, and Leeds City Region has a worldwide reputation for its technical and scientific capabilities in metrology, robotics, materials and the digitalisation of manufacturing. Leeds City Region’s strength in manufacturing builds on the region’s industrial heritage and the strong links between academic research and production.
Training the next generation of engineers
The region’s nine universities produce over 15,000 STEM graduates each year, while the LEP has also supported nearly 540 apprentices to begin their career in manufacturing.
There has also been significant investment in facilities to train the next generation of engineers, such as the £5 million Kirklees College New Process Engineering Centre and the £11 million University Technical College in Leeds that specialises in engineering.
Our FutureGoals careers campaign provides inspiration and support to help career starters or career changers to make better informed decisions about their career paths, give them the right skills and experience to start work or change career and provide vital links between education and employers.
Our event planning team can work with leading industry figures and venues which harbour innovation across the sector to build an event proposition for you which capitalises on the scale and diversity of the manufacturing sector which exists in the city region.
Manufacturing case studies
VIDEO: Business Growth for Semperfli
New equipment allowed Semperfli in Selby to quadruple their manufacturing capacity overnight.
VIDEO: Business Growth for DJ Assembly
York-based electronic manufacturer produces quality products and remains ahead of the competition with new machinery.
VIDEO: Business Growth for Deluxe Beds
Family-run bed manufacturer based in Kirklees achieves a 100% increase in productivity.
Business-led campaign to encourage SMEs to access support launched
Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has launched a new campaign to showcase the support available to small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) through the LEP’s Growth Service.
£9m manufacturing facility opens in Bradford
A family-run manufacturer has invested £9 million in a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility which will future-proof its operation and enable the production of Springbond, a new eco-engineered carpet underlay made from upcycled plastic bottles.
Blog: Classic design, modern business
Here we catch up Chris Black, Managing Director of Leeds-based premium jukebox brand Sound Leisure, about how the company’s bespoke design process is leading to new export opportunities in Hong Kong, China and ASEAN.