The Leeds City Region has a workforce of 1.9 million and a business base of over 106,000 companies generating 5% of England's total economic output worth almost £56 billion per year.
In fact, the Leeds City Region economy alone is larger than that of nine European countries.
Leeds is the UK's largest centre for financial and business services outside London, with the sector employing over 124,000 people.
Leeds is also recognised as the UK's most important legal centre outside London, with over 180 law firms operating within Leeds.
Leeds City Art Gallery has "the best collection of 20th century British art outside London" (The Times).Leeds has one of the driest summer climates among major British cities, which is one of the key factors behind the success of its shopping, pavement cafes and outdoor events.Leeds was recently crowned the UK's most female friendly city (Future Laboratories 'Tigra Town' Research 2006).50% of all UK manufacturing takes place within a 2-hour drive of Leeds, and Leeds is the UK's third largest centre for manufacturing accounting for around 152,000 jobs in advanced engineering, medical technology, food and drink, chemicals and printing.Average morning peak travel times to work in Leeds are just 26 minutes, compared to 44 minutes in London.Leeds is the only English city outside London with its own repertory theatre, opera house and ballet companies.The West Yorkshire Playhouse stages more productions each year than any other theatre outside London.There is over 1 mile of indoor shopping in the city centre.Kirkgate Market, part of which is a Grade I listed building dating from 1875, is the largest covered market in Europe.Leeds City Station is the busiest in the UK outside of central London, with over 900 trains and 100,000 passengers per day.Sitting on the East Coast mainline, the train line that runs from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh, Leeds to London travel times are from just 2hrs 6mins.