The Leeds City Region is made up of the whole of West Yorkshire and parts of North and South Yorkshire.

It comprises of the Local Authorities of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield, Barnsley, Craven, Harrogate, Selby and York.

Economic Assets:

  • The UK’s Largest City Region economy outside of London
  • LCR’s £60 Billion economy represents 5% of England’s total economic output, which is larger than nine countries in the EU.
  • A population of 3 million and a workforce of 1.4 million, which makes it the largest and fastest Growing region in the North of England.
  • From small to medium enterprises to large corporate firms, 109,000 businesses are located in the Leeds City Region.
  • With over 133,000 jobs Leeds City Region is the UK’s largest manufacturing centre.
  • The Leeds City Region also has the largest regional financial and professional services Sector.
  • There are a total of nine Universities and 14 further education colleges developing talent and innovation in the Leeds City Region.

How is the Leeds City Region Governed?

Leeds City Region is made up of two boards who are responsible for setting and delivering a joint economic plan. The LCR Leader Board brings all the elected leaders of the eleven partner councils together to make strategic decisions for the City Region. The Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Board works with both private and public sector businesses.

It’s primary aim is to create economic growth and create the opportunities to help businesses develop and create more jobs. There is also a third sector made up of people recruited on merit via a public appointments system, but this has no direct representation on the LEP.

What are the key objectives of the Leeds City Region?

The overall aim will be to transform the economy of the City Region by providing investment and support to assist businesses and the economy to develop. To achieve this the LCR will focus on four key areas.

Supporting Growing Businesses

LCR aims to help small businesses and private sector firms to grow by providing support and finance, creating international links and paving the way for innovation, enterprise and new business investment.

Developing a Skilled and Flexible WorkforceCreating more jobs with a highly skilled workforce to sustain them by working with employers and education providers.

Building a Resource Smart City Region

Working to develop a new and innovative energy structure to help businesses and households in the City Region become more energy efficient which will save money and support economic growth.

Developing the Infrastructure for Growth

The City Region needs transport, broadband and housing to develop and grow. This will be achieved by building a modern infrastructure for the region.

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