Why Leeds City Region?

Leeds City Region is the largest contributor to UK GDP in the Northern Powerhouse and the largest regional economy outside London.

With 109,000 businesses and a GVA of over £69 billion, Leeds City Region is the largest contributor to UK GDP in the Northern Powerhouse and the largest regional economy outside London.

It is home to the UK’s leading professional services hub outside of London, and is a global leader in key sectors such as technology, healthcare and manufacturing, as well as hosting the largest cluster of higher education institutions outside the capital, with nine universities producing world-leading research and 39,000 skilled graduates each year.

Leeds City Region offers businesses access to a highly-skilled workforce of 1.4 million people, with 7 million people within an hour’s drive, and boasts the highest rate of private sector jobs growth in the UK.

The City Region remains one of the leading locations in the UK for foreign and direct investment, according to EY’s (Ernst & Young) annual Attractiveness Survey, with significant interest in the digital and business services sectors.

Find out more about Leeds City Region

  1. Key growth sectors

    Leeds City Region is a national leader in financial and professional services, digital technologies, manufacturing, and healthcare and innovation. Our long term strategic plan for the City Region focuses on continuing to build our strength in these areas, offering businesses an outstanding competitive edge.

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  2. For business

    If you’re a small to medium sized business based in Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield or York, we can guide you through the complex world of business support. Call us on 0113 348 1818.

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  3. Talent


    With the largest workforce in northern England, world-class universities and a commitment to long-term investment, find out why Leeds City Region has the talent to help business succeed and grow.

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  4. Leeds Bradford Airport


    When it comes to the essential ingredients for competitive advantage and growth, Leeds City Region is rich in digital, energy and transport connectivity, and our infrastructure is only set to grow in capacity and resilience.

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  5. Quality of life

    Leeds City Region combines a vibrant economy with a rich cultural heritage, unspoilt rural assets and contemporary urban developments, making it one of the UK’s best places to live and work.

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Get in touch for advice or support

Get in touch with our Business Growth Service and we can help you find the right support for your business needs. You can call us on 0113 348 1818 or email us for more information.

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