Leeds sits at the heart of a wider economy that encompasses the major cities of York, Wakefield and Bradford, diverse towns including Harrogate, Hebden Bridge and Halifax, and some of the most stunning countryside in the country.
Our economy is thriving, with one of the fastest rates of private sector jobs growth in the UK , driven by tech start-ups and the continued growth of large scale technology driven businesses. This means our region provides our residents with opportunities to pursue careers in a diverse growing economy.
The variety of housing and neighbourhoods means people have the freedom to pursue their chosen lifestyle. The elegant towns of Ilkley and Harrogate, the quirky and independent villages of Chapel Allerton and Saltaire or eco city living in the Leeds Climate Innovation District all offer distinctive and fulfilling lifestyles.
Our region is regularly voted among the happiest and best places to live in the UK. The combination of a vibrant cultural programme, award winning restaurants, three National Parks and a contemporary urban buzz makes it a great place to live.
The city of Leeds will burst into life during 2023, fuelled by creativity and the aim of opening more opportunities for more people. LEEDS 2023 is an international cultural festival which will harness the energy, creativity and momentum of our bid to be European Capital of Culture 2023. It will celebrate the cultural life of Leeds and bring the best global arts to our city.
12 King Street is located in the traditional business quarter of Leeds, this area was previously a stronghold for the Establishment – banks, law firms and accountants, but more recently these businesses are being joined by technology and creative companies such as Channel 4.
The pulling power of 12 King Street is evidenced by the Channel 4 commitment to move 300 jobs from London to our doorstep, the next door office building in effect. Channel 4’s arrival in Leeds undoubtedly marks a significant step in turning the tide of London-centrism, the stage is set for long-term success to spread northwards, with City Square and 12 King Street the first point of contact in Leeds after the rail station.
As we approach the new normal, this next generation of companies want to be central, rightly recognising the importance of the location and its heritage, forming a new Establishment of the future.
Leeds is a bustling, ever-expanding, and inclusive city, with an increasing number of people being able to call it home.
students housed from some 150 countries
employed in Leeds in banking only 2nd in the UK in comparison to London
retail destination in the UK
Due to its increasing modernity and timelessnes, Leeds is home to the UK's fastest growing young population living in the City Region
Leeds is a diverse city, where international businesses come to thrive
Total development investment over the last ten years