Perfectly placed at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse
Kirklees is perfectly placed at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse. Excellent transport links to the rest of the country as well as further afield, make Kirklees an ideal location for businesses.
Bordered by the M62 to the North and the M1 to the East, Kirklees is at the centre of the Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield City Regions, with easy access to the North's major cities, airports and ports. While, London Kings Cross is just over 2 hours away via a fast rail connection to Leeds and direct trains connect Huddersfield and Dewsbury to Manchester Airport giving access to over 200 destinations worldwide.
A thriving business location
As part of the largest regional economy outside London, Kirklees is a thriving business location. We are home to 14,655 businesses operating in sectors including advanced manufacturing and precision engineering, textiles, pharmaceuticals and medical technologies, and creative and digital industries and we were recently named the second best place in the UK to set up and run a business.
We are home to leading creative agencies and digital companies forging new ground in cyber security, Gaming, and software development. And as the largest concentration of high value manufacturing in the UK, employing 27,000 people, more than twice the national average, we have built a worldwide reputation for technical and scientific capabilities in metrology, textiles, and the digitalisation of manufacturing, playing host to leading centres of excellence including the 3M Innovation Centre, and the National Physics Laboratory.
A skilled and confident workforce
Kirklees is home to some of the best schools and colleges in England. The outstanding rated Huddersfield New College is ranked number one in England for equality and diversity; Greenhead College has the best designated sixth form college A level results in Yorkshire; and Kirklees College has 18,000 students, links to 1,000 businesses and is in the top ten in England for apprenticeships.
We are part of the largest higher education cluster outside of London - 9 Universities (including Huddersfield) producing world class research and nearly 40,000 skilled graduates every year. The University of Huddersfield itself has nearly 20,000 students, excels in innovation and won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award in 2017.
World class academic centres of excellence at University of Huddersfield and leading Innovation and training assets including the Textiles Centre of Excellence, the University's 3M Buckley Innovation Centre and the Kirklees College Process Manufacturing Centre support industry needs directly.
Innovation is in our blood
Since the early 19th Century when Huddersfield was a world-leading pioneer of the new technology automating textile manufacturing, Kirklees has continued to be a focus for innovation and at the forefront of ground-breaking manufacturing and engineering advancements.
Our world-famous textile companies provide some of the world's most outstanding cloth, worn by presidents and kings. They are also at the leading edge of textile development which is impregnating DNA into cloth, and using weaving technology to make super-strength jet engine parts.
Kirklees is also home to companies like Cummins Turbo Technologies, David Browns, Borg Warner and Reliance Gears, who are global leaders in the field of turbo and gearing systems.
And, because of the number of precision engineering firms here, Huddersfield's 3M Business Innovation Centre became the location of choice for the National Physical Laboratory, which specialises in precision metrology. Worldwide nursery brand Mamas and Papas was born in a back-bedroom in Huddersfield over 20 years ago, and today has its global headquarters and research and development centre in the town.
Gigabit town of the future
£70m has been invested in digital infrastructure making Kirklees one of the best connected districts in the UK and one of the best sites to locate and grow a business dependent on access to high-bandwidth services.
A new generation of affordable, gigabit speed internet services are now available offering speeds up to 100 times faster than the UK national average and unlocking a host of productivity benefits to businesses.
A great place to live and work
An impressive industrial heritage, outstanding countryside, affordable homes and our connections to major cities create a fantastic quality of life. With 3 national parks on our doorstep, strong sporting heritage and a good leisure offer Kirklees is widely recognised as a great place to live and work.
Low cost, high value
Kirklees offers a highly competitive cost base with operating costs considerably lower than many other UK towns and cities. Being so close to Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds, Kirklees has big city advantages but without the costly price tag. Grade A office space is available at around £14 per sq foot, compared to £30 per sq foot in Leeds city centre and £37 per sq ft in Manchester. Whilst the diverse range of residential property options also make Kirklees an extremely attractive and affordable place to live.
A decade of ambition
The Council have set out ambitious new plans which could see almost £500m invested over the next 10 years to transform the district's two key urban centres of Huddersfield and Dewsbury. And with millions more being invested in transport and gigabit fibre infrastructure across the district, Kirklees is a place that is building for the future. Put simply, there has never been a more exciting time to live, work and invest in Kirklees.