Growing the economy

We have worked closely with our partners across the region to develop a strategic vision that promotes good growth, so that everyone can enjoy better opportunities and quality of life.

Enabling a strong and growing local economy is a vital part of delivering on our vision of transforming the West Yorkshire by unlocking its potential and developing a regional powerhouse that will create jobs and prosperity. 

To achieve this, West Yorkshire Combined Authority has developed a Strategic Economic Plan that sets out our priorities for growth and development.  

We want to achieve both the right quantity and the right quality of growth; creating a strong, productive and resilient economy where a radical uplift in business competitiveness, productivity and profits goes hand in hand with access to good jobs that pay higher wages, and where all residents have access to opportunities and enjoy an improved quality of life.  

Find out more about the economic strategy and how we are delivering good growth for West Yorkshire.

In this section

  1. Economic strategy

    Our vision is for West Yorkshire to be recognised globally as a great place with a strong, successful economy where everyone can build great businesses, careers and lives, supported by a superb environment and world-class infrastructure.

    Read more about Economic strategy
  2. Growth deal

    Our £1billion-plus Local Growth Deal will help transform the West Yorkshire economy, to allow us to make vital upgrades to transport, increase housing, revitalise our towns, invest in a skilled and flexible workforce, support the growth of businesses and build a resource-efficient West Yorkshire.

    Read more about Growth deal
  3. Leeds City Region Infrastructure Map

    We've produced a free-to-access interactive map sharing all the information about the infrastructure of the Leeds City Region. It includes everything from boundaries, economic context and flood risk to utilities and waste.

    Read more about Leeds City Region Infrastructure Map
  4. Multiply maths support

    Multiply is the free, government funded, adult maths support programme, part of Levelling Up, Skills for Life, the Department for Education and the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. In West Yorkshire, Multiply is led by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority as part of the Mayor’s ambition to make West Yorkshire the best place to work, learn and live.

    Read more about Multiply maths support
  5. Our partners

    The Combined Authority’s membership is made up of democratically elected councillors from our six West Yorkshire partner councils. We also work with five other nearby councils and districts that are known collectively as Leeds City Region.

    Read more about Our partners
  6. Place and Environment

    We work to deliver an increase in our affordable and sustainable housing and employment site supply, as well as a​ reduction in fuel poverty and energy efficiency in houses, and ​​a more sustainable energy supply​​. Alongside this, we work to accelerate and improve the quality of infrastructure. For example, we do this through digital infrastructure improvements, quality place design, and by improving flood resilience.

    Read more about Place and Environment
  7. State of the Region Report 2022

    Report finds West Yorkshire recovering from pandemic but highlights risks posed by cost of living crisis and areas where greater devolved powers to the Mayor are needed to boost progress further

    Read more about State of the Region Report 2022
  8. The West Yorkshire Plan

    Here in West Yorkshire, we are ambitious, and not afraid to take on challenges. This is our plan to create a brighter West Yorkshire that works for all.

    Read more about The West Yorkshire Plan
  9. UK Community Renewal Fund

    The UK Community Renewal Fund is a £220m Government programme for 2021/22 and represents an exciting new opportunity to help support local areas to pilot imaginative new approaches and programmes that unleash their potential, instil pride, and prepare them to take full advantage of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund when it launches in 2022.

    Read more about UK Community Renewal Fund
  10. UK Shared Prosperity Fund

    The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and a significant component of its support for places across the UK. It provides £2.6 billion of new funding for local investment by March 2025.

    Read more about UK Shared Prosperity Fund