Manufacturing

West Yorkshire 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.

With the greatest concentration of high-value manufacturers in the UK, and renowned for its scale, diversity and excellence, West Yorkshire is well placed to shape the rapidly changing manufacturing environment, as well as capture the opportunities it presents.

The UK is seeing a resurgence of high-value manufacturing, and West Yorkshire has a worldwide reputation for its technical and scientific capabilities in metrology, robotics, materials and the digitalisation of manufacturing. 

West Yorkshire has over 6000 manufacturing and engineering businesses, many are specialists in advanced processes, R&D and product development. These businesses employ 117,000 people, representing one of the largest manufacturing bases in the UK and generates over £7 billion a year. 

Centre of excellence

West Yorkshire also has a network of established academic and research centres of manufacturing excellence. 

Institutions like the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre in Huddersfield and research at the Universities of Bradford and Leeds show the collaborative and open approach our region takes to the future of manufacturing processes. 

In addition, the National Physical Laboratory, the UK’s National Measurement Agency has its only facility outside London here, specifically chosen in order to be close to a concentration of high value engineering firms who can benefit from the agency’s world leading research capacities. 

Training the next generation of engineers

The region’s seven universities produce over 15,000 STEM graduates each year, while we've also supported over 500 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 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 region.

How we can help you

With access to hard economic facts, case studies from leading companies and business support packages available, find out how we can help you make the case for investing in West Yorkshire. Contact our experts for more information. All of our services are complementary, confidential and tailored to your needs.

Case studies

  1. Orillo Films

    Delivering outstanding cinematic imagery through its talented in-house team, Orillo provides engaging content created in close collaboration with its clients from its base in York.

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  2. Burberry

    Luxury fashion brand Burberry has arrived in Leeds city centre with the opening of its new Burberry Business Services office at 6 Queen Street.

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  3. Sandstone Technology

    International financial technology (FinTech) company, Sandstone Technology which operates across three continents, expanded in Leeds, after more than doubling the business’s UK headcount in 2017.

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  4. Reed Smith

    Global law firm Reed Smith has announced that it will be launching ‘Reed Smith Global Solutions’ with an initial base in Leeds at the building ‘Platform’.

    Read more about Reed Smith