Key business sectors

West Yorkshire is a UK leader in Digital Technologies, Financial and Professional Services, Manufacturing, and Healthcare and Innovation.

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.

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West Yorkshire's key sectors

  1. West Yorkshire Space Sector Showcase

    The West Yorkshire Space sector is growing rapidly. Leading global space companies look to our region to source mission critical components where quality, reliability, durability and safety are essential.

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  2. High Potential Opportunities

    Our region has been identified by the Department for International Trade as a site of High Potential Opportunity in the rapidly-emerging areas of Controlled Environment Agriculture and Data Analytics and AI Applications

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  3. West Yorkshire Textiles Showcase

    West Yorkshire is the home of textile innovation. It is an industry built on remarkable history and heritage and one which continues to lead the way innovation, sustainability and design for the future.

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  4. Healthcare and Innovation

    An economic powerhouse with global reach, West Yorkshire is the UK’s leading centre for healthcare and innovation, and an international leader in commissioning and delivering integrated health and social care services.

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  5. Manufacturing

    West Yorkshire is best placed to address the challenges for the future of manufacturing and provides the perfect location for companies looking to grow, innovate and improve efficiency.

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  6. Financial and Professional Services

    As the UK’s second largest regional economy and the leading centre for financial services outside of London, West Yorkshire is a prime location for financial and professional services.

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  7. Tech and Digital

    Combining creative media, data analytics, cyber security, FinTech, telecoms, health and education technologies, West Yorkshire is a fast emerging digital powerhouse.

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