Leeds is the UK’s second largest manufacturing centre outside London, with 1815 manufacturing companies employing well over 30,000.
Productivity within manufacturing is higher than in many other sectors of the economy, with average output per worker for the Leeds economy as a whole standing at £38,400 per annum compared with £49,000 (+27.6%) for the manufacturing sector.
The largest manufacturing companies in Leeds include Moores Furniture Group, Yorkshire Post Newspapers, Carlsberg, AETC, Cameron, Lever Faberge, Schneider Electric, Sulzer (UK) Pumps Ltd, DePuy International, Arla Foods, Wabco Automotive and Communisis.
Leeds is the largest centre outside London for print and publishing, with 412 companies with a combined workforce of 6,900.
Key manufacturing sub-sectors include:
- Print and publishing 6,900
- Food and drink 3,850
- Chemicals 2,350
- Textiles and clothing1,450
- Other manufacturing 8,250
Over 33,500 people work in healthcare and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is Europe’s largest healthcare provider.
The University of Leeds is a significant investor in healthcare research and ‘spin out’ companies are at the forefront of advances in medical technology.
Over 50% of the university’s total research income is generated by medical and healthcare related research.
The ‘Making it in Leeds’ brochure provides an overview of manufacturers and the manufacturing sector in Leeds and can be downloaded in PDF format »