Leeds among the 'most attractive' places in the UK for foreign investment

The Business Location Index, created by Grant Thornton, evaluated the 324 local authority areas on economic, social and environmental criteria to assess their suitability as potential centres for investment by foreign owned businesses.

While London, led by Westminster, took nine of the top 11 spots, Leeds was the first northern authority, in 14th place.

Andy Wood, practice leader for the Leeds office of Grant Thornton, commented: �Leeds and Sheffield have come out of this report really well on different measures, and that�s great for the future growth of the Yorkshire economy.

�Further evidence that Leeds is a really smart choice for UK expansion is obviously welcome, and what we can take away from the report is that both Leeds and Sheffield are among the best places for inward investment projects outside the capital.""