We’re focusing on priority sectors

Yorkshire Forward has identified 5 priority sectors which are key to the economic growth and development of our region, so we're supporting them via targeted programmes. The team which looks after these sectors works alongside 'champions' for each sector, liaising closely with industry to evaluate the business needs of each sector. They work with other teams at Yorkshire Forward and across industry to develop and evaluate strategies and support programmes which can speed up economic growth by encouraging increased productivity, innovation, inward investment, infrastructure development, knowledge transfer, competitiveness and skills development.

A range of other industries are considered significantly important to the economy of our region. These continue to benefit from support and investment through a wide variety of cross-sector initiatives.

Advanced Engineering and Materials: a priority sector

Advanced Engineering and Materials: a priority sector

Advanced engineering and materials (AEM) is one of the region's largest activities, building on a long history in Yorkshire & Humber. AEM is now a priority sector at Yorkshire Forward, and we’re doing all we can to encourage innovation and growth. More

Digital and new media: a priority sector

Digital and new media: a priority sector

Bringing over £5bn into the region every year and employing over 123,000 people here, Yorkshire & Humber’s digital & new media sector is second only to London’s. It’s one of our priority sectors. More

Environmental technologies: a priority sector

Environmental technologies: a priority sector

Our region is particularly ambitious about reducing its carbon footprint and investing in renewable resources. We’ve made environmental technologies a priority for our region—working towards a better future for us all. More

Food and drink: a priority sector

Food and drink: a priority sector

Yorkshire & Humber is the UK’s largest food-producing region—home to more than 15,000 food & drink companies, employing 18% of the workforce. Find out how we’re prioritising this sector. More

Healthcare technologies: a priority sector

Healthcare technologies: a priority sector

Yorkshire & Humber has an outstanding global reputation in healthcare technologies, especially pharmaceuticals and medical devices. We’ve made it a priority sector, and are investing in innovation and competitiveness for an even stronger future. More

Cross-sector and diverse initiatives

Cross-sector and diverse initiatives

Besides our work across our 5 priority sectors, there are a number of other sectors which are also significantly important to the future of our region's economy, and which also benefit from Yorkshire Forward's support. More

Invest in our key sectors
Find out about our biggest industries and the support available to UK and international investors. GO!
Science and innovation parks
We invest in centres of incubation and excellence for fledgling and existing priority-sector businesses. GO!
Sector-specific skills
You could get help from one of the organisations we support which increase skill levels in certain sectors. GO!
Use best practice
—and help your business to benefit from tried & tested ideas, processes and techniques. GO!
Want to be more competitive?
Our Competitiveness policy programme draws together interventions which help businesses become more successful. GO!