Why Leeds City Region?

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

There’s a reason big brands choose Leeds City Region as a location to invest and grow.

Boasting the highest rate of private sector jobs growth in the UK, Leeds City Region’s strengths provide the ideal basis for sustained business growth.

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. It is home to the UK’s leading professional services hubs outside of London, and internationally renowned technology, healthcare and manufacturing firms.

Leeds City region hosts the largest higher education cluster outside of London. Its nine universities produce 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.

With 109,000 businesses, our 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.

Leeds City Region saw the fastest growth in foreign direct investment in the North of England in 2017, as growing numbers of global businesses chose Leeds City Region as their location of choice. Find out more about what Leeds City Region has to offer.

In this section

  1. Economy

    With 109,000 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. Studying here

    Leeds City Region boasts the UK's largest concentration of higher education institutions outside of London, with nine universities producing 39,000 graduates a year, including over 15,000 in STEM subjects.

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Enterprise Zones

    Comprising 142 hectares of prime development land with superb transport links and situated close to Leeds city centre, the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone is ideally located for business investment and expansion.

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