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Leeds has a rich history of manufacturing, and is at the forefront of modern high value work in this sector globally

We’re the third largest manufacturing centre by local authority area, and home to over 1,575 manufacturing firms – businesses which directly employ over 29,000 people.

The sector is incredibly diverse – from engineering and medical technology, to food and drink, textiles, aerospace components and even jukeboxes! All celebrated during the Leeds Manufacturing Festival, which raises the profile of manufacturing in the city, and the diverse career opportunities it offers for all levels, from the shop floor to skilled technical roles.

Leeds City Region – the largest outside of London – boasts the UK’s biggest manufacturing employment base, generating £8.26 billion a year, or 14% of the region’s economic output.