With 109,000 companies generating a total GVA in excess of £69.6 million, the Leeds City Region is an emerging global economic powerhouse.
As the UK's largest city region outside our nation's capital, we offer an independently successful economic centre that's unique in its own right - especially in core growth sectors like our £13 billion Financial and Professional Services and £7 billion Manufacturing industries.
Over 30 national and international banks and building societies are based here, alongside Britain’s fastest growing legal sector, making Leeds City Region the UK’s leading centre for financial and professional services outside of London.
Leeds City Region is also a leader in digital technology, healthcare and innovation and enjoys a global reputation for its advanced manufacturing, R&D and product development capabilities.
This growth is supported by the region’s nine universities – the largest concentration of higher education institutions outside of London, producing world-leading research and 39,000 skilled graduates each year.
Robust and resilient
Because Leeds City Region’s economic growth is spread over a broad spectrum of companies with niche strengths in our core growth sectors, we present more opportunities for rapid, sustained growth and genuine competitive edge in business.
That’s why the Leeds City Region economy grew by 40% in the last decade, despite global recession. Employment also rose by 11,000 since 2011, and since 2012 developments like Leeds’ £350 million Trinity shopping centre and Bradford’s award-winning City Park have opened in defiance of unfavourable global economic conditions.
Leeds City Region presents a dynamic yet secure opportunity for national and international businesses investment.