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 Leeds City Region by unlocking its potential and developing a regional powerhouse that will create jobs and prosperity. 

To achieve this, West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (the LEP) have 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 Leeds City Region.

In this section

  1. Business and skills

    We work with the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership to represent the interests of the City Region and promote business growth and workforce skills.

    Read more about Business and skills
  2. Business Support Service

    The Business Support Service brings together the public and private sector partners, led by the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (the LEP), to provide support and guidance for businesses.

    Read more about Business Support Service
  3. 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
  4. Growth deal

    In 2014, the LEP and the Government agreed our £1billion-plus Local Growth Deal, which will help transform the Leeds City Region 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 City Region.

    Read more about Growth deal
  5. 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
  6. Our partners

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

    Read more about Our partners
  7. 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
  8. 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

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