Leeds is one of Northern England's most important economic centers. Formerly a major hub during the Industrial Revolution, today, Leeds has become a burgeoning city with a vibrant technology sector and a booming tourism industry.
A changing city
Leeds' economy is almost as diverse as its population. With approximately 140 ethnic groups, Leeds is one of the most racially cities in Europe. In addition to its rich culture, the city is home to several large organizations across a range of industries including education, healthcare, technology and financial services. During the past decade, office space in Leeds has grown exponentially, and the city is a prime location for businesses hoping to capitalize on the region's economic growth. Individuals traveling to the city on business will find BridgeStreet’s Leeds serviced apartments to be conveniently located near the city center, offering guests unparalleled comfort and service within easy reach of the financial district.
Outside of London, Leeds is a major center for media production in the U.K. The city is home to several prominent newspapers, and the BBC maintains a strong presence here. ITV, one of Great Britain's largest advertising-led broadcasting companies, also has a large production studio in the city. There are many major radio stations in Leeds, serving a variety of consumer demographics.
Leeds also boasts one of the most vibrant cultural sectors in the U.K. Individuals visiting Leeds for pleasure will find much to see and do in the city, including many museums and performing arts centers. The Royal Armouries Museum boasts one of the largest collections of historical weaponry in Great Britain, and the Thackray Museum chronicles the development of modern medicine from its roots in Victorian healthcare.
Fans of classical music should be sure to take in a show at the Grand Theatre, home to the Opera North performing arts company. Alternatively, the City Varieties Music Hall hosts many major concerts every year and has a rich and storied history, as Charlie Chaplin and Harry Houdini both performed there at the height of their careers. The city's 02 Arena has welcomed several major musical acts over the years, and construction of the Leeds Arena is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2013.
Leeds is a rapidly growing city with a character and atmosphere all its own. Professionals and tourists alike will find BridgeStreet’s Leeds serviced apartments to be an ideal alternative to chain hotels, and the perfect way to enjoy everything that Leeds has to offer.