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Leeds continues to be the main driver of economic growth for the city-region


We’re a successful, vibrant city with an international outlook. A centre for innovation, enterprise and collaboration. You’ll always find a warm and friendly welcome here.

Situated at the heart of the nation, Leeds is the UK’s fastest growing city – the main economic centre of the Leeds City Region, driving growth across the Northern Powerhouse, Yorkshire and the national economy.

Invest Leeds is here to support businesses looking to make our city their home, and to help existing ones grow and thrive here. We offer a helping hand to businesses, and for potential investors looking to Leeds for success and prosperity.

A Home for Growth


We’re knowledge-rich, with a strong employment base linked to our universities, and our renowned teaching hospital. A ready-made workforce of talented and enthusiastic young people, ready to create change and grow our economy.

We have a resilient and broad-based economy, with strengths in healthcare, creative and digital, financial and professional services and manufacturing. This makes Leeds a modern and dynamic yet robust opportunity for investment.

Ours is a city rich in culture and heritage, home to more than 790,000 people¹, and employing almost 470,000². In 2019, there were over 70,000 students enrolled at our five universities – one of the biggest student populations in Britain.

¹ 793,139 total population estimate 2019 Source ONS
² ONS Business Register and Employment Survey 2018