to invest in a place
with no boundaries
leicestershire a place with big ideas. a place
where businesses thrive. where communities
come together. a place where people want to
live. a place full of creativity. where things
happen. a confident place. a place where it’s
easy to get around. a place that’s vivid and
bustling. that’s serene and relaxing. a place
that’s very well connected. that attracts
investment. a place that’s growing. that’s
worldly-wise. a place for families. a place to
meet new friends. a place without restrictions.
a place that encourages development. that
doesn’t say can’t. or won’t. a place of diversity.
of beauty. a place full of opportunity. a place of
unlimited choice. a place of infinite variety.
a place with no boundaries...
the largest economy
in the east midlands.
• Leicestershire’s economy is estimated to be worth £17.6 billion.
• Diverse economic structure not dependent on any one sector.
• 22 million consumers within a three-hour drive of Leicestershire.
• Around 40,000 VAT and PAYE registered businesses.
• Home to one of the most successful retail parks in Europe.
• More than £3 billion worth of investment and award-winning
regeneration being delivered.
been voted one of
the best uk cities in
which to do business.
• Key business sectors include food and drink,
advanced engineering, financial and business
services, creative industries, logistics, healthcare
technologies, plus hotel and leisure.
• Leicestershire is home to major brands including:
3M Health Care Ltd Lufthansa
Alstom Next plc
AstraZeneca Pepsico UK
Boden Pick Everard
Bonhoeffer Auto Santander
Bostik Toyota tsusho UK Ltd
DHL Walker Snack Foods
Fisher Scientific Walmart
moving to leicestershire
saves, on average,
£12,000 per employee,
• Compared with London, and many
other UK cities, Leicestershire has a
remarkably low operating cost-per-head.
• Office space is cheaper by
£36 per square metre.
• Average wage rates are £9,000 lower
than comparable staff in London.
• Average price of industrial land in
Leicestershire lower than any other
region, except the North East.
Savings per employee per year, achieved by
moving to Leicester from other UK cities.
in a prestigious
top amongst britain’s
best areas for bringing
up a family.
• Average commute time is below the national average
at just 23 minutes.
• Cost of living is low with affordable housing and one of the
lowest house price to income ratios in the UK.
• Top ten UK shopping destination.
• Innovation in green technologies: Leicester was the UK’s first
environment city in 1990, and is Britain’s fourth greenest city.
• Great festivals and events from the largest Caribbean Carnival
outside of London, the largest Diwali celebrations outside
India, to the longest-running comedy festival in the UK.
• World famous sporting teams and facilities.
Original photographer Peter Packer / Leicestershire Imagebank.
trade, nowhere is
better linked to
china and india than
• Celebrated cosmopolitan population.
• More than 30% of Leicester residents are of South Asian
heritage and more than half of all regional trade with India
is conducted in Leicestershire.
• Home to more than 350 foreign-owned businesses, with a
dedicated Indian trade desk to promote regional prosperity.
• Leicester is twinned with Strasbourg (France), Krefeld and
Saarland (Germany), Haskovo (Bulgaria), Masaya (Nicaragua),
Rajkot (India) and Chongqing and Sichuan (China).
• The East Midlands China Business Bureau – founded in
Leicestershire – promotes economic links between the
East Midlands and China.
centrally located with
links, leicester is one
of the best-connected
cities in the country.
• Four national motorways – M1, M6, M69 and M42.
• Fast non-stop rail services to London – 1hr 10min.
• Eurostar now runs services from its new London
station, St Pancras International, which means
Leicestershire now links with Europe – Leicester to
Paris 4hr 20min.
• Three International airports within 40 minutes drive,
with flights direct to over 90 worldwide destinations.
• The UK’s largest pure cargo and mail airport.
• London Crossrail will connect Leicester’s London
terminus with London Heathrow airport.
• 115 local bus services, 80 minibus services, social
car schemes and 23 Demand Responsive Transport
Services; altogether carrying just under three million
passengers a year.
an inspiring place
to live and work,
• From Robert Bakewell’s development of
modern farming methods in the 18th century,
through to early production of the jet engine
and then the discovery of genetic fingerprinting,
Leicestershire constantly proves itself to be at
the forefront of innovation.
• Space capital of the UK – with the largest
Space Science research centre in Europe and
home to the National Space Centre.
• Loughborough University is home to the world’s
first purpose-built hydrogen fuel cell motorbike.
The company is now working with Boeing on
a fuel cell for manned light aircraft.
• Three leading universities feed local
businesses with some of the UK’s brightest
talent. With the University of Leicester leading
other UK universities in its world class
• Scientists at Leicester University are
developing an instrument to study the surface
of the planet Mercury.
of over one million
within a 45 minute
radius and 50,000
university students at
• Leicestershire boasts a workforce with a great reputation
for being highly-skilled and diverse – speaking more than
• Home to an abundance of knowledge and expertise in
science, technology, the creative industries and business.
• Leicestershire has the largest number of further education
institutions in the East Midlands. And is home to three top
performing universities – unique for a non-metropolitan area
– delivering 15,000 graduates every year.
• There are plans to qualify the highest number of people in
the region at Level 2 (equivalent to five GCSE’s at A* to C) and
Level 3 (equivalent to two A-Levels).
• Leicester is the Times Higher Education’s University
of the Year for 2008-9.
Image from Leicestershire Imagebank. Photography by John Higginson.
among the most
creative cities in the uk.
• As a city that was home to some of the driving
forces of the Arts and Crafts movement,
including designer Ernest Gimson, Leicester
has been at the forefront of creativity for years.
• Brand new Cultural Quarter, dedicated to the
arts, culture and creativity.
• One of the largest clusters of design industry
practitioners in the UK.
• The new Curve theatre is host to a programme
of stunning performances.
• The city’s new Phoenix Square digital
media centre offers state of the art
• The creator of the world-famous Wallace and
Gromit animation films is from Leicestershire.
• Local marketing companies are the brains
behind some of the UK’s most famous brands
(including Domino’s Pizza, Lil-lets, Lucozade,
Samsung, Typhoo and Unilever).
• Local design companies are breaking new
ground across the world including: designing
retail outlets for Sony Ericsson; a new UK
headquarters for Peugeot Citroen; museums
for Canada, Jordan, the United States and
United Arab Emirates; in-store displays for
world perfume brand Givenchy; masterplanning
for a new coastal city in China; and a beach club
in Dubai; redesigning docklands in London and
Liverpool; creating a unique prospectus for
Nottingham Trent University’s School of Art
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• Prospect Leicestershire offers a free, confidential
and impartial service to help your company relocate.
• Joined-up enquiry handling and support cuts
through red tape to give the green light to progress –
a complete turnkey solution.
• We can help with identifying potential sources of
funding, finding suitable premises, planning issues,
property expansion and making the business case