Why Leeds City Region?

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

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. Inclusive growth

    As part of the LEP's and West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s commitment to creating an economy that works for everyone, new measures have been introduced to encourage businesses to maximise their positive impact on the region.

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  3. Connectivity

    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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  4. 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 Support 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.