Financial & professional services

As the UK’s second largest economy and second financial centre, Leeds City Region is a prime location for financial and professional services, proven by the wide range of companies we have already attracted, from global banks to innovators in financial technology.

Our unparalleled and cost effective access to the right skills, infrastructure, business networks and innovation has seen our region named the UK’s second centre for banking, and a Financial Centre of Excellence.


Shoosmiths has an ambitious growth strategy, which includes taking a larger share of the domestic market. Leeds is a vibrant city to do business and is one of the largest legal markets outside London and being a part of the city offers us an exceptional opportunity to further service new and existing clients, some of whom are the largest national and international corporates operating in the region.


A proven location, and the UK’s second centre for financial services, Leeds City Region is already home to 30 national and international banks, and hosts the headquarters of three of the five largest building societies. This substantial cluster produces the largest GVA contribution in financial and professional services in the UK outside of London, with particular strengths in banking, legal services, insurance, and financial technologies.

Leeds City Region is home to nine higher education institutions, representing the largest university cluster outside of London and providing an unrivalled pipeline of talent to businesses, enabling sustained and high quality growth.

The EY Attractiveness Survey 2018 confirmed our region's growing strength in attracting international investment.

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Speak to our team today to discover how we can support your business growth.




How Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership can help you

Contact us to discuss business expansion and relocation into Leeds City Region and our bespoke soft-landing packages.