High Potential Opportunities in West Yorkshire
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
Home to over 2.4 million people, with a skilled workforce of over 1.1 million, and seven universities producing 33,000 graduates a year, West Yorkshire is an internationally significant centre at the leading edge of key sectors transforming the 21st century.
Our £58bn regional economy is larger than nine EU countries and contains more scale-ups than any other area outside London and the South East.
West Yorkshire has been identified by the Department for Business and Trade as a site of High Potential Opportunity in the rapidly-emerging areas of Controlled Environment Agriculture and Data Analytics and AI Applications.
Controlled Environment Agriculture
Our region is at the heart of the next agricultural revolution, using Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) techniques to transform food security and lower carbon emissions by reducing ‘food miles’.
West Yorkshire has a reputation for exceptional quality produce and livestock and is one of the UK’s main centres for the production of food and drink.
It is ideally positioned to play a leading role what is predicted to be an £8 billion global market 2030.
Data Analytics and AI Applications
West Yorkshire’s £6.5 billion digital sector includes early-stage start-ups and scale-ups to large organisations, with a dynamic ecosystem alive with co-working spaces, accelerators, events, meetups and support schemes.
The region is home to a thriving data science cluster with strengths across multiple sectors including financial services, healthcare and creative.
This makes it one of the best places in the UK to develop artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics businesses that are set to transform society, lives and business.