Kirklees in profile

Kirklees’ high concentrations of value-added bespoke engineering and manufacturing is a prime example of the Leeds City Region's industrial innovation and global leadership.

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Kirklees is a leader in advanced manufacturing and precision engineering, attracting large businesses like Cummins, VTL, David Brown and Syngenta, as well as its own thriving small to medium sized enterprises.

Kirklees combines a breadth of expertise with high added-value activities and niche strengths, including design, process, electrical and mechanical engineering. This concentration of specialist skills underpins the overall strength of the manufacturing sector in the Leeds City Region.

It's also an increasingly attractive area for manufacturers bringing production back to the UK because of demand for higher-quality and reliability.

As well as its engineering heritage, Kirklees is a leading host of customer contact centres and support service companies. FMG, an industry leading fleet incident management and specialist vehicle recovery service, and insurer LV= both have middle and back-office operations in Huddersfield, encouraged by the district’s friendly and communicative workforce.

Leading to future growth and prosperity

Like the Leeds City Region as a whole, Kirklees has a clear plan to encourage more growth and prosperity in the future. The Kirklees Economic Strategy outlines creative and forward-thinking plans to regenerate and protect towns like Dewsbury and Huddersfield not just against future economic uncertainty but with foresight for more practical challenges like the health of its workforce and global climate change.

Technology and creativity are centrepieces in Kirklees' strategic plan. It already has its digitally creative Media Centre in the heart of Huddersfield and the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre at the University of Huddersfield - purpose built to research manufacturing process improvements and open up new markets.

Business Kirklees offers detailed information about Kirklees’ economic strengths and growth opportunities.