York is a leader in science, knowledge and research-based industries, and is one of only six ‘Science Cities’ in the UK.

The city’s strong academic expertise and highly skilled workforce have made it one of the most important locations for bioscience in the world, leading in drug development, plant biotechnology, health services and food sciences, with over 54 companies and 3,700 life scientists.

This reputation is underpinned by the University of York, which has world-class Departments of Biology, Chemistry and Computer Science and formal links to the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield through the "White Rose" University Consortium. York is consistently a top 10 UK research university - Virtually all the research is ‘internationally recognised’ and over 50% is ‘world-leading’ (RAE 2008).

York is the fourth-largest growing UK city by population. It is also a very strong academic city with 30% more degree holders than the region’s average. In fact, over 240 patents have been registered in York since 2003, that’s more than the country of Wales and Northern Ireland combined.

York has the highest foreign-born population of all regions’ cities, making it an ideal location for contact and shared service centres.
The area boasts the UK's largest concentration of food research and production facilities, such as the Central Science Laboratory and the Food Chain Centre of Industrial Collaboration, which has helped to establish Yorkshire & Humber as the food and drink capital of the UK.
Excellent further education facilities ensure businesses a strong supply of people with practical science skills, including laboratory technicians, agronomists and agricultural scientists.
York offers an excellent quality of life and a high standard of living with a rich blend of shopping, bars, cafes and restaurants creating a lively atmosphere.
Key facts:
• York has been identified as the UK’s most profitable town for business
• Science City York is a successful business and skills development initiative, which drives the creation and growth of business in bioscience, creative industries, IT and digital. You can find out more at www.sciencecityyork.org.uk
• Close proximity to the Humber ports - the UK’s largest ports complex and a crucial part of the European trade route
• York was named the 2007 European Tourism City of the Year
• At the centre of the high speed East Coast rail link – you can reach London in under 2 hours
• York has a labour supply of over 100,000 people
• Global brands such as Smith & Nephew, Nestle, Del Monte, Xceleron, Tsys Europe and Persimmon
• York is a key tourism destination, attracting 4.18m visitors every year
• Over 25,000 business events take place in York each year



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