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Leeds a place to do business

19th May 2010
Leeds is a great place for business, being a vibrant place filled with history, culture, landmarks and a thriving economy. According to the Office for National Statistics, Leeds is the fastest growing city in the UK with the largest centre for business, legal and financial services outside of the capital, London.

The Facts
  • During the Industrial Revolution, Leeds became an industrial centre with a large trade in the production of wool.
  • In 2006 according to GVA Leeds generated an economy of £46 billion.
  • Between 1998 and 2008 £2.5 billion of property development was put into Leeds inner city.
  • 2007 saw 47,500 jobs in finance and business, 42,300 in public services and 19,500 in retail and distribution.
  • A Brief History of Leeds
  • In the Middle Ages Leeds developed into a market town.
  • The Industrial Revolution allowed Leeds to expand into textile manufacturing.
  • In 1914 Leeds expanded into different markets such as printing and engineering.
  • The economy of Leeds has been shaped by the council with the vision of Leeds becoming a ’24 hour European City’ and a ‘capital of the North’.
The Culture of Leeds
  • Leeds is the home to Leeds Carnival, the second largest carnival in the UK and oldest West Indian Carnival in Western Europe.
  • Leeds Festival is takes place at Bramham Park every year, which attracts some of the biggest names in the music industry.
  • There are many museums and theatres, including Grand Theatre, Northern Ballet Theatre, Twaite Mills Watermill Museum and Armley Mills Industrial Museum.
  • Also, Leeds is home to lively and exciting nightlife including bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
Leeds has been and will continue to be a great place to locate a business. It has a thriving economy, fast and easy transportation links and access and has a vibrant community and culture as well.

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