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Economic strategy

The Leeds growth strategy

Leeds’ vision is to become the best city in the UK by 2030. It will be fair, open and welcoming with an economy that is both prosperous and sustainable and all our communities will be successful. A successful economy is central to the delivery of this vision. With the recent government announcement of the local retention of business rates, a growing economy will become the generator of income to invest in infrastructure and help pay to strengthen and sustain local services.

This strategy outlines how we plan to deliver growth and get Leeds working to its fullest capacity.

We are also just as concerned with making sure that growth translates into real benefits for people, improving their quality of life whatever their age and background. So the strategy also reflects some of the social and cultural aspects of growth and recognises the substantial contribution to be made by the third sector to the health and vitality of the economy. The following documents are available in the Documents section of this page:

  • The Leeds Growth Strategy (2011);
  • The Agenda (2008);
  • Economic Development Strategy Review (2002); and
  • Leeds Economic Development Strategy (2000)

For further information on economic policy contact us using the 'Contact Us' link.

Leeds City Region - City Deal

The Leeds City Region Partnership has secured a ground breaking deal which will allow the 11 local authorities that make up the City Region to have a much bigger say in decisions on investment and skills. They will be able to take decisions more quickly in line with local priorities and coordinate funds directly.  The deal features a number of initiatives to support growth, including:

  • the creation of the country’s first apprenticeship academy in Leeds;
  • a £1bn local fund for investment in public transport and highways;
  • a further £400m fund to modernise infrastructure across the region; and
  • initiatives to increase overseas trade and inward investment activity.

For more information on the City Deal, please see the Leeds City Region link in the External links section.