Leicester & Leicestershire

Leicester and Leicestershire boast a young, diverse, multicultural City; thriving market towns and popular villages set in an attractive landscape; three strong universities; and a central location with good connectivity. Also, there are genuine opportunities for economic growth in the area, including those in sectors such as design, manufacturing, export-based businesses, innovation and technology, research and enterprise.

Just one hour from London by rail and with access to mainland Europe within 4 hours, Leicester city’s central UK location allows your business immediate access to 22 million consumers.
You can access a truly international network of culture, customs, personalities and perspectives in our ‘world in one city’ where businesses rub shoulders with local people who collectively speak more than 100 languages.

In January 2015, following several meetings and visits to Leicester, IBM announced it was setting up a new base in the city. The decision came after it had considered many locations across the UK.
The Leicester Client Innovation Centre is IBM’s first in the UK, and enables the hi-tech giant to extend its technology services to UK-based clients – the operation provides a range of IT services including software development and support services to clients across all industry sectors, including utilities, financial organisations, industrial companies and public sector organisations. It employs graduates and experienced professionals who have technical backgrounds or who show an aptitude for IT and want to pursue a career in the industry. The Centre harnesses the best talent from the city and region.

  • Birmingham & Solihull

    Greater Birmingham’s reputation as an established tech hub is growing. The region is already home to 6,000 pure tech firms employing more than 32,000 highly skilled tech professionals, with tech firms boosting the economy by £2.3 billion every year. Birmingham provides exceptional technological infrastructure at an affordable cost, supported by a highly skilled talent pool and leading national universities –...

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  • Worcestershire

    Worcestershire is strengthening its reputation as a key technology location, with the UK’s fastest growing workforce in terms of productivity and higher level skills. Worcestershire’s growing workforce skills is just one of the key factors that are enabling local businesses to innovate. Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s latest 2017 report shows that Worcestershire has once again achieved the strongest growth nationally in...

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  • Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire

    Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire is the home of Britain’s billion pound start-ups. A place where innovation, creativity and enterprise drive business growth and attracts international brands. That same entrepreneurial spirit that created world-beaters like Spode, Wedgwood and Bass is alive and well here today. Some of Britain’s greatest success stories, like JCB and bet365, have all grown from garage start-ups into...

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  • Nottingham

    Nottingham has a fast-growing tech sector that employs over 19,700 people across areas including Fintech, Gaming, Health-tech and Retail-tech and contributes £835m into the local economy. Access to a large talent pool, lower operational costs, and a close-knit tech community ensures there is an excellent business ecosystem for start-ups through to large-scale businesses. Nottingham’s Creative Quarter is home to a...

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  • Leicester & Leicestershire

    Leicester and Leicestershire boast a young, diverse, multicultural City; thriving market towns and popular villages set in an attractive landscape; three strong universities; and a central location with good connectivity. Also, there are genuine opportunities for economic growth in the area, including those in sectors such as design, manufacturing, export-based businesses, innovation and technology, research and enterprise. Just one hour from...

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  • Derby

    Derby has a rich history as the UK Capital for Innovation and is often at the forefront of groundbreaking technological advances – the Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK plant in Burnaston was the first place in Europe to mass-produce a hybrid vehicle. Derby-based Rolls-Royce has recently announced their plans to collaborate on a hybrid-electric test aircraft that will fly by 2020....

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  • Coventry & Warwickshire

    Coventry & Warwickshire has a long tradition of creativity and Innovation: from the skills to craft the earliest surgical needles to the wit and wisdom of William Shakespeare, our celebrated playwright; the modern bicycle can trace its lineage back to the Starley ‘Rover’ safety cycle, a forerunner of the Land Rover brand; the jet age began here with the ingenuity...

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  • Black Country

    The Black Country continues to be an attractive location for business to succeed. It is home to world-leading companies and major industry clusters. Benefiting from significant increases in foreign and domestic investment over recent years, the Black Country is a success story that offers lucrative growth potential. Located in the West Midlands, the Black Country lies at the heart of the UK’s...

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