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Living And Working In Leeds

Joanna Clare

Leeds on the banks of the River Aire is in the county of West Yorkshire in Northern England. It is the largest city in West Yorkshire. The nearest airport is Leeds Bradford Airport which sees millions of passengers each year and a typical flight to London from here takes around an hour. By rail it takes about two and a half hours and you can easily drive the approximate 210 miles distance in as little as four hours.

Although Leeds is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK and is respected as a  multicultural and diverse city which has welcomed well over a hundred and fifty ethnic groups, it is still fiercely proud of its unique northern heritage.

Once a tiny farming town, Leeds quickly became significantly larger and  much more  prosperous with a booming trade initially in wool with many mills and factories being built for the sole purpose of textiles. However, many talented craftsmen originated from Leeds and just some of these include clock makers, coach builders, carpenters, blacksmiths, brick makers and pottery makers. Later on as the industry for linens and textiles began to decline, it was replaced with a flourishing trade in leather, tailoring and manufacturing. At one point, there were well over a hundred collieries here and in the second world war, coal mining was still so important that men~Bevin Boys~were being conscripted to the mines instead of active duty.

Fast forward to modern times and over the coming years, innovative Leeds has been forecast to witness huge and continuing economic growth.  Many major companies are based here and thriving industries include banking, legal and professional, digital technology, healthcare, creative, manufacturing and engineering. Retail and hospitality are also highlighted and as a tourism hotspot, Leeds sees millions of visitors per annum.

With much of the impressive architecture of Leeds being of the Victorian era, there are some extremely interesting stories behind the buildings themselves and you would be forgiven for easily becoming lost in the history of the city. With so much to see and do, it would be impossible to list them all but there is an endless list of museums and galleries, historic buildings and an adventure around every corner. Having gained a reputation as ‘foodie capital of the north’, this is definitely a city where the choice of food experiences surpasses your expectations. With regards to shopping~it's an experience which can be described as a shoppers paradise…times ten.

Popular with both international and more local students, you can choose to study at some of the most well regarded and highly ranked universities such as the University of Leeds, the Leeds Beckett University, Leeds Arts University and Leeds Trinity University.

Leeds is currently considered to be one of the wisest and most promising choices when it comes to property investments. There's a strong demand for homes, yet there is always a varied assortment of wonderful properties from prestigious mill conversions that retain original features to modern, spacious apartments and everything in between. The good news is that prices are substantially lower than many other cities within the UK and you can get a great deal for your money.

Despite being a major city, it is a stones throw from the tranquillity and breathtaking beauty of  the towns villages that are scattered around the outskirts of Leeds such as the stunning area known as Bronte Country.

Are you looking for a Career in Leeds? You are invited to attend our Leeds Careers Fair held at Aspire on Friday 9th September, between the times of 10:00am-2pm. Don't miss out and secure your ticket today!

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