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


Amazingly, the number of new businesses created stayed exactly the same at 1,006 between September and October.

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

Tracking the top 25 most popular kinds of business in Leeds for recent newly founded companies. Change indicators show percentage difference between the two periods displayed for actual numbers recorded.
Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate53 53
Freight transport by road51 51
Other service activities n.e.c.49 49
Management consultancy activities other than financial management47 47
Information technology consultancy activities45 45
Buying and selling of own real estate33 33
Retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet30 30
Development of building projects27 27
Take-away food shops and mobile food stands27 27
Other business support service activities n.e.c.26 26
Other human health activities21 21
Unlicensed restaurants and cafes19 19
Sale of used cars and light motor vehicles16 16
Public houses and bars14 14
Other cleaning services14 14
Hairdressing and other beauty treatment14 14
Construction of domestic buildings13 13
Licensed restaurants12 12
Residents property management12 12
Other building completion and finishing11 11
Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles11 11
Other food services11 11
Other professional, scientific and technical activities n.e.c.11 11
Retail sale of clothing in specialised stores10 10
Other retail sale not in stores, stalls or markets10 10

Top LEEDS Startup Sectors

These are our groupings of SIC codes to get a higher level explanation of the startup ecosystem.  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 Estate9.34% ▼-6%
Construction8.86% ▼-12%
Retail8.62% ▲13%
Food & Beverage Service7.74% ▲9%
Transportation7.42% ▲64%
Other Professional Services4.63% ▼-26%
Other Services4.07% ▲7%
Health & Medical Services3.75% ▲24%
Management Consulting3.75% ▼-8%
IT Consultancy3.59% ▲41%
Residential Care & Support3.43% ▲117%
Wholesalers & Agents3.43% ▼-7%
Financial Services2.79% ▼-8%
Motor Trade2.55% ▲38%
Other Support Activity2.39% ▼-44%
Top 15 National Startup Sector Activities
Real Estate9.90%
Food & Beverage Service7.10%
Other Professional Services6.22%
Other Support Activity4.24%
Management Consulting4.07%
Other Services3.81%
Wholesalers & Agents3.67%
Financial Services3.03%
Health & Medical Services3.03%
IT Consultancy2.55%
Software Publishing & Development1.90%
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 605.60%
Under 211.99%


The average number of active directorships held by this sample is 1.28 (nationally for the same period it’s 1.27)
Sample Size


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