North Yorkshire, made unforgettable by the late James Herriot is the most agricultural based and rural. Home to two national parks, one in the Pennines hills of the Yorkshire dales and the other in the stunning Yorkshire moors, you can imagine, North Yorkshire has a well established tourist industry with Harrogate, York and Scarborough being firm favourites for visitors.
West Yorkshire is the most densely populated with the Leeds/ Bradford Airport being the largest in the whole of Yorkshire yet travel to the outskirts of Bradford, past the charming little villages and the landscape changes once again. One undoubtedly becomes enchanted by the magical bleak and desolate moors which were the inspiration for the writings of the Bronte family.
Once well known for mining, and textile industries these have been in rapid decline but has been replaced by an abundance of ever increasing specialist engineering companies which have become an extremely significant factor in economic growth. Only recently the government pledged 95 million pounds of investment into supporting the offshore wind industry with the majority going in to the Humber.
PM Boris Johnson recently said of the investment:
Humber will be at the cutting edge of the United Kingdom’s future.’
Manufacturing here is very important and there is a fast growing financial and business services sector as well as the digital industry and public services. Drax, an energy firm reports robust trading as does Severfield which is Britain’s largest construction steelwork contractor.
Many businesses that are well known throughout the world have had humble beginnings in the region. Some of these include Halifax bank, Morrison’s, Asda, Little Chef, Yorkshire Tea, Timothy Taylor’s Brewery, Mccains, First Direct and Jet2.com.
There are ten good universities in the region - very impressively, three of these are in the top thirty according to the latest university league table attracting students from a wide area but also many students are understandably locals who wish to stay close to home.
This month, April, Zoopla announced that the average price for a property here was just under £189,000 which in comparison to other areas is extremely affordable. Yet, after a year of contemplating throughout COVID, people are beginning to realise that maybe the grass IS greener on the other side and are deciding to make that career and life style change after all. With this in mind though, prices are predicted to rise substantially over the next five years due to the increased confidence, faith and investment in the Yorkshire and Humber areas, so you’d better get your skates on.
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