Why West Yorkshire?

As one of the key contributors to the UK economy in the Northern Powerhouse there’s a reason businesses choose West Yorkshire as a location to invest and grow.

Skilled workforce

West Yorkshire offers businesses access to a highly-skilled workforce of 1.1 million people. It is home to the UK’s leading professional services hub outside of London, and is a global leader in key sectors such as technology, healthcare and manufacturing, as well as hosting the largest cluster of higher education institutions outside the capital, with seven universities producing world-leading research and over 33,000 skilled graduates each year.

Big contributor

With more than 95,000 businesses and a GVA of over £60 billion, West Yorkshire is a key contributor to UK GDP in the Northern Powerhouse. 

Attractive proposition

West Yorkshire remains one of the leading locations in the UK for foreign and direct investment, according to the Ernst & Young annual Attractiveness Survey, with significant interest in the digital and business services sectors.