Home . What is Leeds City Region?
The Leeds City Region* is a functional economic area, defined by the way our businesses operate and our residents live their lives.
It is the largest city region in the UK, home to 3 million people and 100,000 businesses, and generating 4% of the UK’s economic output.
*The Leeds City Region refers to the local authority districts of Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield and York.
Our Partnership brings together the public and private sectors – and partners in government, education and the third sector – working to a common vision for economic prosperity.
We have been working together since 2004, undertaking economic research and developing policies and strategies that promote economic growth.
Our work focuses on the following areas of activity:
Business innovation and growth
Employment and skills
Housing, regeneration and planning
Economic research and intelligence
Our strategic priorities stem from the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Plan
In July 2012 we agreed a landmark City Deal with government, which will give us greater control over spending and decision-making to achieve our priorities.
Our governance arrangements have been developed to boost economic performance, and ensure democratic accountability to Leeds City Region residents.
We have two boards, each responsible for setting direction and delivering different aspects of a joint economic plan:
Leeds City Region Leaders Board
Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Board
These Boards are supported by a series of expert panels, responsible for overseeing policy development and project delivery in specific areas:
Business, Innovation and Growth Panel
Employment and Skills Board
Green Economy Panel
Housing and Regeneration (Leeds City Region/ Homes and Communities Agency) Board