Our city is built on industrial leadership and innovation. It’s been that way for centuries, and we’re still at the forefront of modern, high-value manufacturing and bespoke engineering worldwide. Leeds boasts the highest concentration of manufacturing in the UK, worth over £7 billion, with double the national average of companies involved in advanced manufacturing.

160,000 skilled people in 7,000 diverse manufacturing businesses share a unique regional attitude that’s practically-minded and based on creativity, design and problem solving. The Leeds City Region has earned a global reputation for being the place to resolve difficult production challenges with high-tech manufacturing and engineering solutions. In fact, two-thirds of manufacturers here are specialists in advanced processes, R&D and product development.

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The Leeds City Region has a network of established academic and research centres of manufacturing excellence. Institutions like the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre in Huddersfield, the Bio-renewable Development Centre in York and research at the Universities of Leeds and Bradford show the collaborative and open approach our region takes to the future of manufacturing processes.


Leeds City Region also has a worldwide reputation for technical and scientific capabilities in metrology, robotics, materials and the digitalisation of manufacturing. The National Physical Laboratory, the UK’s National Measurement Agency has its only facility outside London here, specifically chosen in order to be close to a concentration of high value engineering firms who can benefit from the agency’s world leading research capacities.


We’ll work with leading industry figures and venues which harbour innovation across the sector to build and event proposition for you which capitalises on the scale and diversity of our city region’s manufacturing sector.