Key Facts

Yorkshire and Humber is the largest financial and professional service sector outside of London.

  • Operating costs up to 20% lower than the UK average
  • Financial and professional services sector salaries around 12% lower than the UK average
  • Property costs across our region’s cities  lower than many major European cities including: London, Dublin, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona and Stockholm
  • Access to a telecommunications network that  is amongst the most advanced in Europe
  • Fast and efficient global connections to over 90 destinations in 30 countries from our 3 international Airports with London just two hours away by train
  • A critical mass of over 264,000 people employed in the financial and professional service sector in Yorkshire
  • Leeds has the largest financial services workforce outside the City of London and Canary Wharf
  • Over 30 national and international banks include HSBC, HBOS, Fortis and Handelsbanken
  • One of the most important centres for insurance in the UK, companies include Tesco, RBS, UKI Partnership, Zurich and Axa
  • Leeds and York are the  most important UK centres for insurance outside London
  • The region is a powerhouse of legal talent, with Leeds the second largest legal centre after London including a number of the world’s leading commercial law firms including DLA Piper (Leeds), Eversheds, Pinsent Masons (Leeds) and Irwin Mitchell (Leeds, Sheffield) and Hammonds
  • The region is an important centre for equity venture and risk finance for business
  • Over 2,400 accountancy, auditing and tax consultancy firms operate in the region
  • The region has one of the largest number of call centre workers in the UK – over 400 which is 8% of the UK’s call centres - employing 122,000 people
  • Leeds ranks at number 5 in the world as the best location for IT shared service centers, achieving top marks for language skills, attractiveness to international staff and labour flexibility
  • Leeds ranks at number 7 in the world as the best location for financial services shared service centers, achieving top marks for attractiveness to international staff and labour flexibility

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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
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"“The Humber region is contributing to the development of groundbreaking technological developments in tidal power technology.” Glenn Aitken, Financial Director, Neptune Renewable Energy. "
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