Situated in the middle of the United Kingdom, Leeds is the third largest and one of the fastest growing, greenest cities in the UK. The city boasts a moderate and diverse population of almost 800,000.
Leeds has a thriving economy with commercial strengths in financial services, legal, manufacturing, health and retail. It’s location gives it excellent road, rail and air links, a gateway for both tourist and business visitors to the region. In recent years Leeds has developed as a shopping and leisure hub, the Trinity Leeds a £350 million retail development, thrusted Leeds forward as one of the finest shopping destinations in the UK.
Leeds has a more recent vision to be a truly child friendly city. Children and young people in the area leave school with qualifications above the national average. Two of the UK’s leading universities, the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University have world-class research facilities and two of the top business schools, with Leeds Trinity specialising in teaching.
Leeds Teaching Hospitals care for more patients than anywhere else in the north of England and is one of the largest teaching hospitals in Europe.
The restoration and development of flagship cultural and sporting venues has made Leeds’ cultural offering unrivalled in the UK. It is home to Opera North, Northern Ballet, Phoenix Dance Theatre and the First Direct Arena.
More famously, Leeds is home to Yorkshire Cricket and the Leeds Rhinos.