Kirklees is the second best place in the country to set up a business

Research has shown Kirklees to be the second best place in the UK to set up and run a business.

This has been revealed through research conducted by the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The research created a UK-wide ranking system based on ten key factors for people setting up and running businesses:

  • Price per square foot for commercial rent properties
  • Parking availability and price
  • Number of finance and support schemes available from Government
  • Broadband speed
  • 4G coverage
  • Unemployment rates
  • Quality of life score
  • Young population (ages 18-34)
  • Number of arts, entertainment and recreation services/professional, scientific and technical businesses
  • Annual media gross pay

Only Leeds ranked higher than Kirklees. However, with the average rent per square foot coming in at £30, Leeds is not the lowest cost destination to host a business. Kirklees is, with the average rent per square foot in the borough costing only £13.50.

The three best areas for business leaders to pay attention to were revealed as Leeds, Kirklees and London, with Leeds leading the way as the number one location for businesses across all metrics.

Karl Battersby, Strategic Director for Economy and Infrastructure said this is the result of years of hard work. He added:

“I’m delighted that we rank so highly, but I’m not surprised. The council, our partners and local businesses have been working hard to make Kirklees a great place to do businesses for many years.

£70million has been invested in digital infrastructure in Kirklees and £150million in the transport network. We’re also building 10,000 new homes by 2023.

The council has invested over £45million into regenerating our town centres and in June 2019 launched the £250 million Huddersfield Blueprint vision for Huddersfield, with plans for Dewsbury to be announced in 2020.

In addition to this, our location and connectivity is ideal for business. We’re at the centre of the Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield City Regions, with easy access to the North’s major cities, airports and ports. Via a fast rail connection to Leeds, London King’s Cross is just over two hours away.

The thriving University of Huddersfield is another valuable asset with around 24,000 students studying there.

This is further proof that Kirklees is a great place to live, work and do business.”

Where are the top ten places to run a business?

The top ten places to run a business from in the UK according to these measures are:

  • Leeds
  • Kirklees
  • London
  • Bradford
  • Liverpool
  • Birmingham
  • Wakefield
  • Coventry
  • Manchester
  • Sheffield

More information

To find out more about investment opportunities in Kirklees visit our website.

For support in setting up a business visit the Kirklees Business Hub website.

One comment

  • I think you need to re-phrase the title as
    “Kirklees is the second best place to set up a commercial business” !!!!

    I have to heavily disagree, it may be ok for commercial businesses, but Kirklees have neglected the retail sector BIG TIME. Huddersfield needs a face lift which is in the pipeline but it will take a long time and how many more RETAIL businesses will close in the meantime. The numbers of general public visiting Huddersfield are dwindling. The town is a disgrace. The cleanliness is a disgrace. It has to be one of the most depressing towns in the North just to walk through. Short term plans are urgently needed to give the town a face lift. The 24,000 students are not spending their money in Huddersfield. The infrastructure you say is great which I have to agree with , it makes it easy for students to jump on the train and shop in Manchester or Leeds. So much for having a University that looks great, but that is all it is. Retailers are not benefiting except perhaps for Supermarkets because students need to eat.

    Has any of this £45 million been spent on Huddersfield ?

    As a retailer, we have invested heavily in our own business, shop fitting etc. We have made the investment, but Kirklees Council has not invested in Huddersfield Town.I have been working in Huddersfield for last 20 Years and except for St Georges Square which had a face lift, I have slowly but surely seen the town centre deteriorate.

    As I have said before and will say again again, the following needs to happen:-

    Pedestrian areas need to be cleaner and cleaned /washed more regularly
    Back alleys need cleaning
    Phone boxes need replacing
    Bus stops need refurbishing/replacing
    Street furniture needs replacing or painting in the meantime.
    More litter picking early on a morning from the littler louts from the night before
    Retailers need to be responsible for cleaning and maintaining shop fronts
    Power washing pertinent areas
    Commercials waste disposal bins need to be out of sight

    A little imagination is required from the Council,

    The feed back I am getting from the general public is very very negative about Huddersfield



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