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Loving Leeds: Why This City Is A Top UK Destination
Loving Leeds: Why This City Is A Top UK Destination

Leeds Leeds Leeds. We love it, it’s great. But you don’t just need to take our word for it. Lots of other sources are saying that Leeds is a top UK destination to live, even over the likes of the mighty London.

According to Numbeo, the world’s largest database of user contributed data about cities and countries worldwide, consumer prices are approximately 20% higher in London than in Leeds, and an average monthly travel pass is almost three times as expensive in the capital compared to our great city.

Even though average monthly net salaries (after tax) are only 35% higher in London, the price per square metre to buy an apartment in either city centre is a difference of – brace yourself – an unbelievable 440% (£2,450 in Leeds compared to £13,240 in London!).

Zoopla reports that the average asking rent is currently £163pw in West Yorkshire compared to £1,342pw in London. In general, rental prices are a whopping 151% higher in London than in Leeds!

As if you needed any more reason to love Leeds, there’s this too. Only recently, Leeds submitted its bid to become the next European Capital of Culture 2023. The city marked the occasion with a ‘Big Send-Off’ event in the arts quarter of Leeds, and where the new SOYO Leeds development will soon be taking shape.

The submission followed hot on the heels of the now established ‘Light Night’ festival in Leeds, and just before the MOBOs hit the city and the next exciting programme for Christmas in Leeds. This packed calendar of events, facilitated by a host of partners including Leeds City Council and Leeds BID, have helped to really put Leeds on the map.

On top of that, Leeds is now said to have the second largest economy in the UK after London, and one of the biggest financial and legal centres outside of the capital. According to Leeds City Council:

“Leeds is the UK’s fastest growing city and is the main driver of a city region with a £64.6 billion economy […] Over the next ten years, the economy is forecast to grow by 21% […] In 2016, Leeds saw the fastest rate of private sector jobs growth of any UK city and has the highest ratio of public to private sector jobs of all the UK’s Core Cities.”

This makes Leeds a top destination for anyone looking for “a strong jobs market in a vibrant, fashionable city,” according to The Telegraph. And while no one was watching, Leeds has steadily and quietly grown into an impressive technology epicentre too. Big players such as SkyBet and NHS Digital have set up in Leeds, creating an expanding digital jobs market and is attracting talent from the South.

Tech North, the government-backed initiative charged with accelerating the growth of the digital business sector in the North of England, has a base in Leeds; series of programmes, events, research, and editorial focusing on start-ups, investment, people, skills and the digital ecosystem has garnered the scene further attention.

The outside world is starting to notice Leeds, not just as a thriving digital tech hub, but a first-choice city for living in and boosting career prospects!


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