There is a lot to discover about Leeds. Once considered a city in decline, Leeds is now a cosmopolitan urban centre, bursting with culture and commerce and is ranked as a gamma world city. With a population of 751,500 it is Yorkshire’s largest city and it is a commercial, financial and cultural centre, boasting the country’s fourth largest urban economy.
In short, Leeds is a fantastic place to live, work and invest in. It’s busy, yet relaxed. It’s booming, yet retains its charm. Its people are friendly, yet ambitious.
Yorkshire's largest city and it is a commercial, financial and cultural centre
As a retail centre Leeds is hard to beat, with salaries in Leeds 4% higher than in the surrounding Yorkshire and Humber area. The Trinity Shopping Centre opened in March 2013, and provides a throbbing hub for the City Centre, day and night, with its huge range of shops, bars, restaurants and cinemas. The development attracts 5.5 million visitors annually, and brings £1.93 billion to the local economy. It lifted Leeds from second to fourth in the CACI rankings, and created over 3,000 jobs. By day it’s a metropolis of eating, shopping and leisure. By night, the hard-working City dwellers take to its roof to drink cocktails wrapped in cosy blankets in the stunning Angelica Bar, enjoying its panoramic view of the City.
As a commercial location, it’s an ideal base for a variety of retail business types or as a place to create a regional branch. Development is swift and on going with plans to continue the growth and the transformation of the city.
The two prestigious universities in the city create a steady flow of graduates, many of who fall in love with Leeds’ charms during their courses and stay in the City, adding to the highly-educated labour pool of 1.9 million with the majority educated to NVQ2 and above.
The stunning green spaces of rural Yorkshire are on the doorstep and bus and train services from local rural locations are frequent and reliable, enabling people to choose between city living and life in the countryside. With the average cost of a house at £147,500, Leeds is one of the more affordable of the UK’s major cities. It is a very exciting university town with a very diverse food culture with independent eateries offering a wide variety of international cuisines alongside traditional foods. Pubs are plentiful and are more likely to serve charcuterie to accompany real ale.
Leeds Bradford airport is just 8 miles from the City Centre. Leeds railway station at New Station Street is one of the busiest and largest in the UK outside of central London.
Served well by the A1, A58, A61, A62, A63, A64 and A65 roads and the M1 and M62 motorways.
Good local service to all parts of West Yorkshire and well connected nationally, with Manchester one hour away and London two and half hours away.
A frequent bus service runs on a circular route in the centre of Leeds. Leeds bus station on Dyer Street runs national and local services.
Leeds Bradford airport serves 33 international and 5 domestic destinations.