Investment on the up in Leeds

Stuart Watson, senior partner, EY
Stuart Watson, senior partner, EY
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Leeds helped boost foreign investment in Yorkshire to a 16-year, as international backers looked to the city for deals.

Figures from professional services firm EY found Leeds was the joint fourth most successful city outside of London in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2014.

The city failed to make the top 10 in 2013.

Leeds secured a total of 14 FDI projects last year, accounting for 29 per cent of inward investment in the region.

Foreign investment reached a 16-year high in Yorkshire last year.

The region added 49 FDI projects in 2014 and was placed fifth out of 12 regions in EY’s UK Attractiveness Survey.

Yorkshire made up 5.5 per cent of all UK FDI projects in 2014, up from 2.5 per cent in 2013.

Stuart Watson, Yorkshire and Humber Senior Partner at EY, said Yorkshire had “began to punch its weight” after a number of challenging years.

He said: “The region looks to have developed a good offer to investors which has driven significant growth in FDI, but there’s more work ahead to develop this proposition and make Yorkshire even more competitive on the global stage.”

West Yorkshire grew its secured projects from nine in 2013 to 23 last year, while South Yorkshire trebled its FDI tally from four projects in 2013 to 12 in 2014.

North Yorkshire secured eight projects, up from two in 2013, and Humberside added six projects in 2014, up by one compared with 2013.

Manufacturing was the most popular sector in Yorkshire for FDI projects in 2014, with 21 projects.

It was followed by finance and business services on 18, with retail and hospitality on five, and transport and communications with three.