Startups in LEEDS

Startups in Leeds followed by The Mailing Company across all sectors and tracked against national statistics for new businesses.

STARTUPS Born Last Month


Total new company registrations went down from 1,122 to 1,003 ▼-11% between May and June.

One of the fastest-growing cities in the UK, the northern city of Leeds has a £64.6 billion economy and the highest ratio of private to public sector jobs of any UK city. There are over 32,000 VAT registered businesses and over 6000 small and medium sizes businesses in the area. Finance and business services account for 38% of the city’s economy with other key sectors in the region, including creative and digital industries, retail, leisure, construction, tourism, and manufacturing.

According to recent studies, the number of mid-sized and large companies in Leeds is above the national average, with several large companies such as Centrica, Asda Group, BT, Direct Line Group and First Direct being based in the area. The city has a population of 3 million and a workforce of 1.37 million, and the economy of the region is forecast to grow by 21% over the next ten years.

LEEDS Startups by Industry Classification

Measuring the top 25 most popular standard industry classifications in Leeds for recent start-ups. Change indicators show percentage difference between the two periods displayed for actual numbers recorded.
Freight transport by road55 ▲2%54
Management consultancy activities other than financial management53 ▲20%44
Other business support service activities n.e.c.47 ▲38%34
Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate45 ▼-8%49
Other service activities n.e.c.44 ▼-8%48
Information technology consultancy activities34 ▼-17%41
Buying and selling of own real estate34 ▲10%31
Take-away food shops and mobile food stands31 ▼-23%40
Retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet31 ▲15%27
Other human health activities21 ▼-5%22
Event catering activities19 ▲12%17
Unlicensed restaurants and cafes17 17
Hairdressing and other beauty treatment16 ▼-43%28
Management of real estate on a fee or contract basis14 ▼-13%16
Construction of domestic buildings14 ▲40%10
Other retail sale not in stores, stalls or markets13 ▲18%11
Development of building projects13 ▼-35%20
Public houses and bars13 ▼-32%19
Retail sale of clothing in specialised stores12 12
Unlicensed carrier12 ▲100%6
Sale of used cars and light motor vehicles11 ▼-21%14
Dormant Company11 ▼-52%23
Other education n.e.c.11 ▲22%9
Activities of other holding companies n.e.c.11 ▲22%9
Educational support services10 ▲25%8

Top LEEDS Startup Sectors

It’s easier to group SIC codes to give a broader overview of the new business startup environment.  The change indicators are how far Leeds statistics differ from national averages for the same period.  These figures represent the percentage of all startups, nationally or locally, that fall into each particular category (NB: so when comparing Leeds to National, you’re looking at the proportional difference not absolute)
Top 15 Startup Sectors in Leeds
Real Estate9.59% ▼-3%
Food & Beverage Service8.36% ▲20%
Retail8.28% ▲15%
Transportation7.38% ▲52%
Construction6.39% ▼-38%
Other Support Activity4.92% ▲15%
Other Professional Services4.75% ▼-23%
Management Consulting4.34% ▲5%
Wholesalers & Agents3.93% ▼0%
Financial Services3.93% ▲28%
Other Services3.61% ▲1%
Health & Medical Services2.95% ▲6%
IT Consultancy2.79% ▼-1%
Education2.62% ▲14%
Motor Trade2.46% ▲32%
Top 15 National Startup Sector Activities
Real Estate9.85%
Food & Beverage Service6.95%
Other Professional Services6.20%
Other Support Activity4.27%
Management Consulting4.15%
Wholesalers & Agents3.94%
Other Services3.57%
Financial Services3.08%
IT Consultancy2.83%
Health & Medical Services2.77%
Software Publishing & Development1.93%
Startups Analysed By Industry

Director Profiles

Honorific Titles

Percentage frequency of different titles used by directors starting companies in the period. We can reasonably assume that the majority of “Mr” are male, and “Miss,Ms or Mrs” are female, thereby giving us a male / female ratio of .

M/F Ratio




These are the approximate age ranges for the directors who are involved with the companies started in the period, along with the average number of directorships held when they started their new business.

Over 604.96%
Under 211.85%


The average number of active directorships held by this sample is 1.35 (nationally for the same period it’s 1.3)
Sample Size


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