West Yorkshire has a growing £5.3 billion Financial Services sector, the second highest outside of London. The expertise in West Yorkshire helps businesses to grow and thrive and makes it an attractive place to invest.
West Yorkshire is a globally important centre for FinTech with specialisms in Green Finance, Lending, Payments, RegTech, WealthTech, home to more than 100 FinTech firms including Iwoca, LHV Bank, PEXA and Recognise Bank.
The region is home to regulatory agencies, research centres, networks and events such as the Bank of England, Financial Conduct Authority, the UK Centre for Greening Finance and Investment, Leeds Digital Festival, the largest tech festival in the UK outside of London and FinTech North.
Underpinning that, West Yorkshire boasts 7 universities, with over 34,000 graduates annually, a population of 2.4 million population, 170 languages spoken, an economy worth £60 billion and regularly voted one of the best places to live in the UK.
"West Yorkshire has a rich history in financial services and is now one of the leaders in FinTech in the UK with over 100 FinTech firms in the region, with recent inward investment wins such as Iwoca, LHV Bank and PEXA. The recent arrivals of key regulatory agencies such as the Bank of England and Financial Conduct Authority make us a great place for any FinTech looking to grow."
Tom Purvis, Inward Investment Manager - Financial & Professional Services