Why Leeds City Region?

As the largest contributor to the UK economy in the Northern Powerhouse and the largest regional economy outside London, there’s a reason businesses choose Leeds City Region as a location to invest and grow.

Skilled workforce

Leeds City Region offers businesses access to a highly-skilled workforce of 3 million people, with 7 million people within an hour’s drive. It is home to the UK’s leading professional services hub outside of London, and is a global leader in key sectors such as technologyhealthcare 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.

It also has a fast-growing young population, with more under-24 year-olds than any other area outside the South East.

Big contributor

With 126,000 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. In fact, the Leeds City Region economy alone is larger than many European countries.

Attractive proposition

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

  1. Economy

    With 126,000 companies generating a total GVA in excess of £69.6 million, the Leeds City Region is an emerging global economic powerhouse.

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  2. 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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  3. Talented workforce

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

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  4. Living here

    The Leeds City Region has the right locations for businesses and ambitious minds to grow, with towns and cities regularly being named among the best places to live in the UK.

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  5. Value for money

    With a highly-skilled workforce, competitive business premises and an affordable local property market, Leeds City Region offers employers excellent value for money for long term growth when considering establishing or relocating a business.

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  6. Properties

    From Grade A office space to modern or refurbished industrial sites - our region offers premises to suit any ambitious business. This is our showcase of the best locations available in Leeds City Region.

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  7. Northern Powerhouse

    Leeds City Region is the undisputed leader within the Northern Powerhouse, with the largest regional economy and nationally and internationally significant presences in key industries.

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  8. Enterprise Zones

    The Enterprise Zones programme consists of 10 sites across the Leeds City Region. With a contribution of £45million Growth Deal funding, the sites are able to be built on to provide high standard premises for expanding businesses or businesses new to the Leeds City Region

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  9. The UK's digital heartland

    Your business at the heart of the action. Leeds City Region has seen the highest number of scale ups in the North. Talk to us about scaling up your business in the UK's digital heartland.

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