The city of Leeds has one of the fastest growing economies in the UK and is considered to be the financial, commercial and cultural centre of Yorkshire. Leeds is also second largest centre for business, finance and legal services in the UK after London. Media, biothech and creative industries, retail and office space in Leeds are all major employers with tourism also playing an important role. Leeds is also the largest centre for publishing and print outside of London along with being the third largest centre for manufacturing in the United Kingdom.
Leeds has a number of building projects, events and developments taking place over the next few years, from the expansion of Leeds Bradford Airport to Leeds Arena. These investments are expected to benefit the local business community along with improving the Leeds City Region. Over the last decade 3.2 billion pounds have been invested in commercial property development and a further 7.3 billion are expected.
Leeds is home to the internationally renowned University of Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan University and Leeds Trinity College, and is an important centre for higher education. There are also two top business schools located in Leeds, resulting in a highly skilled workforce. Leeds also benefits from world class research facilities with emphasis on industry and business development.
Leeds is well served by public transportation, with Leeds Railway Station being one of the busiest train stations outside of London. Leeds is also one of the major hubs of the northern motorway network.
Leeds Airport provides daily flights to European and UK destinations and offers the usual range of airport facilities including on and offsite car parking and hotels.