West Yorkshire's inward investment strategy focuses on value propositions from four of our region’s strongest sectors. Each delivers unique, differentiated opportunities and outstanding competitive edge for business.
In digital technology, West Yorkshire is a fast-emerging powerhouse, combining expertise in creative media, data analytics, cyber security, FinTech, telecoms, health and education technologies with innovative solutions to problems facing today’s businesses.
With over 30 national and international banks based here or in the wider region and Britain’s fastest growing legal sector, West Yorkshire has firmly established itself as the UK’s leading centre for financial and professional services outside of London.
West Yorkshire also enjoys a global reputation for its advanced manufacturing, R&D and product development capabilities, generating more than £7 billion a year. This is supported by strong links between business and academic communities to foster the next generation of manufacturing and engineering leaders.
West Yorkshire is also home to an internationally-recognised healthcare and innovation ecosystem, with six government health headquarters and some of the world’s largest healthcare data platforms based in Leeds, alongside world-leading life sciences clusters of academic excellence and commercial innovation including the new Health Innovation Campus in Huddersfield.