About the region

Situated in the middle of the United Kingdom, with a diverse population of 751,500, Leeds is the third largest and one of the fastest growing, greenest cities in the UK.

A thriving economy boasting strengths in financial services, legal, manufacturing, health and retail, Leeds has excellent road, rail and air links, providing a gateway for tourist and business visitors to the region. Trinity Leeds, the £350 million retail development reinforces Leeds as one of the finest shopping destinations in the UK.

Two of the UK’s leading universities, the University of Leeds and Leeds Met University have world-class research facilities and two of the top business schools, with Leeds Trinity specialising in teaching.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals care for more patients than anywhere else in the north of England and is one of the largest teaching hospitals in Europe.

The restoration and development of flagship cultural and sporting venues makes Leeds’ cultural offer unrivalled. Home to Opera North, Northern Ballet, Phoenix Dance Theatre and the First Direct Arena. Leeds is home to Yorkshire Cricket, Leeds Rhinos and the John Charles Centre for Sport which was used by the Chinese and Dutch Olympic teams.

Source: Leeds City Council