West Yorkshire Healthtech and Digital Investment Zone

The West Yorkshire Healthtech and Digital Investment Zone is a partnership between local government and universities, bringing new investment to help companies boost innovation, jobs and growth in our thriving health and life sciences sector.

  • West Yorkshire Healthtech and Digital Investment Zone focused on healthtech and digital tech 

  • Investment envelope of £160 million over 10 years to leverage our regional strengths in healthtech and digital, boosting innovation, jobs and growth   

  • Interventions could include skills training, new infrastructure and enterprise support to encourage further business investment.

The West Yorkshire Healthtech and Digital Investment Zone will be a partnership between local government and universities. It will boost innovation in the area’s thriving healthcare sector, create a talent pipeline at the forefront of technological advances, and act as a catalyst for long-term growth and jobs to deliver benefits directly to communities. 

  1. Healthtech and Digital in West Yorkshire

    With over 600 life sciences companies, 250 MedTech firms and over 90 digital health enterprises, accounting for 22% of all UK digital health jobs, West Yorkshire is a place where ideas come to fruition and innovative products and solutions are tested, embedded and scaled locally and internationally.


  2. West Yorkshire

    Home to over 95,000 businesses West Yorkshire is a great place for businesses to invest and thrive. Bradford was voted the best city to start a business by Barclays, and Leeds is home to the largest number of scale-up businesses outside of London. 

    With seven universities and nearly 35,000 graduates, over half our graduates stay in the region and nearly 60% of those who studied elsewhere return here creating a large talent pool for companies in our region. 

Find out more about the West Yorkshire Healthtech and Digital Investment Zone

The West Yorkshire Healthtech and Digital Investment Zone will bolster our already thriving health and digital ecosystem. Contact us to find out more and how you can get involved.

Anchor companies

  1. EMIS 

    As a leading provider of ground-breaking healthcare software and solutions, EMIS provides healthcare professionals across the NHS with instant access to electronic patient records.

    Read more about EMIS 
  2. Paxman

    The company’s vision is to make scalp cooling technology available for all cancer patients worldwide. Scalp cooling is a well-accepted treatment throughout the world and Paxman are at the very heart of this with their market-leading scalp cooling system used to minimise hair loss caused by certain chemotherapy drugs.

    Read more about Paxman
  3. Dedalus

    Dedalus has 7,500 employees globally and helps healthcare organisations to deliver new models of care. Its software is used widely across the world, managing more than 4 billion diagnostic results, 57 million inpatient and 35 million Emergency admissions each year.

    Read more about Dedalus
  4. Thornton and Ross

    Thornton and Ross are one of the UK’s fastest-growing, producers of household pharmaceutical products, and some of the country’s most loved brands such as Covonia, Hedrin, Cetraben as well as the leading disinfectant Zoflora.

    Read more about Thornton and Ross
  5. Don Whitley Scientific

    Don Whitley Scientific Limited (DWS) develops, manufactures and sells equipment and associated products for microbiology and cell culture applications worldwide.

    Read more about Don Whitley Scientific
  6. OneMedical Group

    OneMedical Group provide urgent, primary and community care services alongside supporting the NHS and business with wellbeing, technology, healthcare estate investment and development solutions and consultancy.

    Read more about OneMedical Group

Enterprise Zones

The Enterprise Zones programme consists of 10 sites across West Yorkshire. Supported by Growth Deal funding, the sites are able to be built on to provide high standard premises for expanding businesses or businesses new to the West Yorkshire. Companies locating within the Enterprise Zone can benefit from a range of incentives depending on the site.