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Quality of Life

Our city region is more than just a vibrant economy in which to base a global business. It’s a modern and inspiring place to live, work and settle down. There’s rich cultural heritage, unspoilt rural assets and contemporary urban developments that suit 21st century lifestyle and leisure, all within easy reach of our growing cities and industrial centres.

A happier and healthier workforce is a more productive and creative workforce, and the Leeds City Region has the right locations for businesses and ambitious minds to grow. The region is regularly voted as the Best Places To Live in UK.

Art and culture

The internationally-renowned Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle spans the Leeds City Region, including the 122 hectare Yorkshire Sculpture Park; home to pieces by Sir Henry Moore and one of the finest exhibition sites in the world according to the Financial Times. Also in Wakefield is the iconic Hepworth art gallery which has seen over one million visitors since it opened in 2011. At a cost of £30 million in cultural investment it’s the centrepiece of Wakefield’s rejuvenated waterfront.

Our region is famous for nurturing creative minds. Artists like Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney and Damien Hirst all originate from Yorkshire or came to study at our leading colleges of art and design. International sporting gold medal-winners come from the Leeds City Region too including Olympians Lizzie Armitstead, Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee and Nicola Adams. We also have an endless list of critically-acclaimed personalities in film, TV, music and literature: the Bronte sisters, Ted Hughes, Alan Bennett to name only a few of the influential artists inspired by our region.

"THERE'S AN EPIC QUALITY TO YORKSHIRE. JUST 10 MINUTES OUT OF THE CITY, YOU'RE STARING AT WILD MOORLAND, MOUNTAINS AND RIVERS THAT TOOK MY YOUNG IMAGINATION ON THE MOST INCREDIBLE JOURNEY"

MICHAEL PALIN, ACTOR AND TRAVEL WRITER

Along with two UNESCO world heritage sites at Fountains Abbey and Saltaire, five national museums plus countless stately homes, cathedrals and Roman and Viking archaeological sites the Leeds City Region has an inspiring cultural history. It’s a prestigious heritage complemented by more contemporary additions like royal theatres, the West Yorkshire Playhouse and two renowned performing arts companies both based in the Leeds City Region; the award-winning Opera North and Northern Ballet.

Leisure and entertainment

The Leeds City Region is now a major destination for recreation with developments like Leeds’ Trinity, a £350 million retail and leisure destination which welcomed over 22 million customers in its first year and the new Victoria Gate development which brought 17 new brands to the city centre in October 2016. 

Other towns and cities have their own shopping destinations such as York's Vanguard Shopping Park with fits lagship John Lewis and Marks and Spencer department stores and Bradford's Broadway shopping centre close to its critically-acclaimed City Park, an events and social space awarded the title of Best Place in the UK and Ireland by the Academy of Urbanism in 2012.

As well as attracting national high-street brands Leeds City Region has a strong independent retail sector, particularly in Saltaire, Leeds and Huddersfield.

Aside from retail, Leeds City Region is also home to the first direct Arena, a world-class entertainment venue, HIC Yorkshire Conference and Exhibition Centre and sporting desintations such as the unique Headingley Stadium.

Cost of living more affordable than London, Paris and Zurich

Numbeo has the world's largest database on cities and countries worldwide and their data proves that the cost of living in the Leeds City Region is lower than many other European cities including Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham. The best talent is attracted to live and work here by affordable house prices too. At £230,000 ($370,000), the average detached home here is £80,000 ($129,000) cheaper than the average apartment in London.

Countryside

Most of our region's cities are less than an hour's travel from magnificent moorlands, mountains and rivers, as the 2014 Yorkshire Grand Depart’s endless aerial panoramas attest. And many of the Leeds City Region's towns are nestled in rejuvenating countryside or close to three of the UK's national parks.

These are pleasant and prestigious places to impress clients, inspire innovation and give talented people a reason to live and work here.

How Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership can help you

At Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership we help select the best locations for business that maximise rapid growth potential as well as your long-term prospects with a committed, happier and more productive workforce. 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 your talent opportunities in the Leeds City Region.