Yorkshire and Humber, the European hotspot for business

Yorkshire Forward is the UK’s Government’s regional development agency for Yorkshire and Humber. With commercial teams based in offices around the world, and a dedicated international business team based in Leeds, UK we offer free help and advice for companies looking to invest in our region.

In 2010 the World Bank ranked the UK as the best place in Europe for doing business. The Yorkshire and Humber region is located right in the centre of the United Kingdom, making it the perfect location for businesses looking to expand or relocate.

The region has a strong and diverse economy of over £89bn, larger than many European countries including Luxembourg, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Slovenia. It has become the UK’s centre for renewable technologies, the world’s number 1 offshore wind market and the UK Government designated Yorkshire and Humber as the nation’s Low Carbon Economic Area (LCEA) for Carbon Capture and Storage.

Excellent transport links, combined with multi-million pound investment in high speed next generation broadband and industry led innovation networks has made Yorkshire and Humber one of the top four locations in the UK for foreign direct investment, attracting an average of 12 investments a month during 2009/10.

The region's academic excellence and industry expertise is helping global companies from Smith & Nephew to BAE Systems to exploit new technologies and market opportunities, establish Yorkshire & Humber as the leading European centre for innovation in some of the world's fastest growing industry sectors.

This includes healthcare technologies to advanced engineering and materials; cutting edge clean energy solutions to electronics; food processing to e-learning, over 1,900 foreign owned companies have made Yorkshire & Humber their home.

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Brands in Yorkshire

  • Sheffield Forgemasters
  • Fenner PLC
  • Severfield-Rowen Plc
  • Polypipe
  • Rolls Royce
  • Siemens VAI Metals Technologies
  • Corus Engineering Steels
  • Doncaster’s
  • Firth Rixon
  • Outokumpu
  • BAE Systems
  • TWI
  • Dormer Tools
  • URSA
  • Davy Markham
  • Premier Farnell
  • National Health Service (NHS)
  • Swann Morton
  • Smith & Nephew
  • Johnson & Johnson DePuy International
  • B. Braun Melsungen AG
  • Covance
  • Parexel International
  • Piramal Healthcare Ltd
  • Novartis
  • Reckitt Benckiser
  • Thornton & Ross
  • Dr Reddys
  • YFM Group
  • First Direct
  • Irwin Mitchell’s
  • DLA Piper
  • Pinsent Masons
  • Addleshaw Goddard
  • TSYS
  • ICICI Bank UK Plc
  • Handelsbanken
  • Provident Financial
  • KPMG
  • Ventura
  • Arla
  • Young’s Seafood
  • Nestlé
  • Coca Cola
  • AarhusKarlshamn
  • McCain Foods
  • R&R Ice Cream
  • Unilever
  • SevenSeas
  • Northern Foods
  • John Smiths
  • Mumtaz Group
  • Wal-Mart-Asda
  • Morrisons
  • BP
  • Syngenta AG
  • Millennium Inorganic Chemicals
  • Yara International ASA
  • Croda International
  • Conoco Phillips
  • Total SA
  • DuPont
  • Nippon Gohsei (UK)
  • BTL
  • Kineo
  • Disq
  • Line Communications
  • My Knowledge Map
  • Tribal Education
  • Webanywhere
  • UFI
  • Rockstar
  • Pace plc
  • Jennic
  • Team17
  • Polestar Group
  • Hallmark
  • WANDisco
  • Powerfuel
  • Conoco Phillips
  • National Grid
  • Drax Ltd
  • Sulzer Pumps
  • Corus
  • Doosan Babcock
  • Areva
  • Westinghouse
  • Corus
  • Grimley Smith Associates Ltd
  • Weir
  • Cape
  • Redhall group
  • ATI Allvac
  • Corus Engineering Steels
  • Cooper & Turner Ltd
  • AG Windpower
  • Collet Transport
  • David Brown
  • Grontmij
  • BP DuPont
  • Prosper De Mulder
  • Greenergy
  • Drax Ltd and Siemens Project Ventures
  • Vivergo fuels
  • Lunar Energy
  • Pulse Tidal
  • Neptune Renewables
  • Vireol
Chief Executive, Greenergy
"“Greenergy has selected the Humber region for its biodiesel production facilities as it is ideally situated to sell our output into the two world scale refineries located here. It also combines the benefits of a deep sea port, allowing us to move product in and out, access to a local market and of course it allows us to source feedstock from the nationally important farming district that surrounds the port.” Andrew Owens, Chief Executive, Greenergy "
BP Dupont
A £25m cutting-edge technology development centre planned for Hull will put Yorkshire at the forefront of biofuel technology development.
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