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Connectivity

When it comes to the essential ingredients for competitive advantage and growth, the Leeds City Region is rich in digital, energy and transport connectivity and our infrastructure is only set to grow in capacity and resilience.

The Leeds City Region's central position in Britain coupled with its international airport, road and mainline rail links offer a conveniently connected platform for any global business. The capital is only two hours away by frequent high speed train and Leeds-Bradford airport to London Heathrow Terminal 5, five times daily, by plane takes under an hour. Some of the country’s highest-capacity strategic motorways and arterial roads converge here too, like the M62 and M1. So the Leeds City Region has excellent freight distribution networks to Europe and the rest of the country by road as well as rail.

Transport

Leeds City Region is commited to funding infrastructure investment projects which will ease the flow of goods and people within the city region and which will improve the economy for the long term. As well as business support, skills and energy improvements our Local Growth Deal agreed with UK Government will help fund transport projects designed to improve the connectivity across our region and more broadly to connect the principal cities across the north.

The new high-speed rail link between Leeds, Birmingham and London (HS2) will unlock much needed capacity and bring a reduced journey time of 82 minutes from Leeds to London, Hs2 is forecast to deliver 19,700 potential new jobs and a single economic corridor that will boost the Leeds City Region economy by £7.8 billion every year. 

Improved transport will unlock the potential of seven million people across the Leeds City Region. And projects like HS2 are engines of economic growth in themselves - worth over £25 billion in lucrative opportunities for businesses in construction, workforce training and infrastructure support services. 

"Our ambition is for the North to be a dynamic counterweight and complement to the London and South-East economy, a destination of choice for investors, helping rebalance and grow the national economy in the decades ahead."

One North Report - ‘A proposition for an Interconnected North’

Digital

Industry leaders BT, Cable and Wireless, Orange and O2 all have bases in the Leeds City Region, alongside the highest concentration of internet service and telecommunications providers in the UK here. Leeds also founded the UK’s first mutual Internet exchange (called IXleeds) and pioneered a vision for low-cost, fast and ubiquitous connectivity wherever a business bases itself in the Leeds City Region.

"Leeds is now a solid member of and contributor to the global internet exchange community, this puts Leeds in a sound position to offer London Independent disaster recovery, particularly to the financial sector."

Dr Adam Beaumont, CEO and founder, AQL

Leeds City Region’s infrastructure and innovation capabilities make it a cost-effective location to host business-critical or sensitive financial data. Our high-speed, reliable digital connectivity is crucial for reinforcing what the Leeds City Region does best: adding value through competitive edge in our core growth sectors. Data is transforming business like never before, especially in personalised manufacturing, Fintech and healthcare. And our Digital and Information Economy is poised to unleash new opportunities across all these sectors and more with world-class expertise in big data analytics.

Energy

The Leeds City Region has a heritage of supplying critical resources to fuel industrial growth on a global scale. In fact, 1/6 of the UK's electricity is generated here, and we have the largest manufacturing sector in the country thanks to a burgeoning demand for low-carbon and alternative energies. 

Plans for the Leeds City Region Energy Hub demonstrate the commitment businesses have made to product development and innovation here. Green initiatives and alternative energy projects like the £300 million multi-fuel power plant in Ferrybridge are the future of energy production, and a practical reality right here in the Leeds City Region.

Our region’s long-term ambition is to be an international leader in resource efficiency for businesses, regional centres of excellence like BioVale in York have been set up to reduce overheads for businesses and drive energy efficient value chains. Strong links between businesses and energy efficiency value chains help new businesses run optimally here from day one. 

How Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership can help you

At Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership we have in-depth knowledge of connectivity at locations throughout our region. We use that expertise to help you select unique sites that are best suited to your operations. Our dedicated team of industry experts offer practical help with your proposal, and can present compelling reasons to senior decision-makers about why you should choose to locate in the Leeds City Region.

Contact us for more information about well-connected opportunities in the Leeds City Region.