We love working in Leeds. It has a well earned reputation as a strong business city with the country's most diverse and fourth largest economy. It also boasts the fastest rate of private-sector growth in the UK. If that wasn't enough, Leeds also has a long history of innovation, being the birthplace of Steam trains, Motion pictures, X-rays and soda water in 1767 (I bet you never knew that).
Good leadership has been key to Leeds's historic development from its humble beginnings as a small market town in the Middle Ages to a major mill town and textile centre during the Industrial Revolution. One of the most important innovations being the development of Aire and Calder, and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal systems.
More recently, local government has displayed great leadership in promoting development of Leeds into the largest legal and financial centre outside London. More than 30 national and international banks are located in the city, including the UK's only subsidiary office of the Bank of England.
Leeds still retains a large manufacturing sector, the UK's third-largest, with specialisms in engineering, printing and publishing, food and drink, chemicals and medical technology.
Leeds has a thriving economy thanks to great leadership in the distant and recent past. Forecast to grow 25% over the next ten years, leadership will also be essential to it's future. We want to be a part of it.