Leeds can – and should – attract the best financial talent in the country… here’s why

Yorkshire is home to many diverse economies and welcoming communities – none more so than in the city of Leeds.

Working in such a welcoming part of the region that thrives on inclusivity can be inspiring, alongside the creative, hardworking and passionate people within it.

With top-of-the-class universities attracting thousands of individuals to its campuses each academic year, Leeds comes alive time and again as a new wave of diverse talent descends onto the area – bringing with them excitement and dreams of achieving success in such a buzzing city.

There were perhaps a few eyebrows raised when Channel 4 announced last year that it was to build a base right in the heart of the city, but not for us at City & Capital. If anything, we were wondering why it hadn’t happened sooner!

We’re privileged to be part of the largest legal and financial centre outside of London, which is equally becoming an important and exciting centre for entrepreneurs, start-ups, investment and tech.

Just creeping into the top 10 biggest cities in the UK, and at the centre of the government’s Northern Powerhouse regeneration project, there’s no doubt that we truly believe Leeds is alive and kicking with an array of exciting opportunities for financial services talent.

So, let us bring a little bit of what we love best about our Yorkshire home directly to you…


Whether street food, Mexican, Chinese or pub grub is your thing, you’ll find a superb place to stop off in our wonderful county. A huge pull has to be the variety of Michelin-starred restaurants – and you can’t go wrong with The Star Inn in the quaint village of Harome. It’s based on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors and caters for all dietary needs.

For the best sweet treats, check out Temple Coffee and Donuts (and prime your Instagram profile ready for that killer shot!). And finally, our favourite weekend venue is a lovely little vegan café in the Leeds suburb of Horsforth called The Greenhouse. Plant-based nutrition and a fresh menu – it continues to draw us back in!


The largest covered market in Europe, Kirkgate Market first launched Marks & Spencer in 1884 and is today filled with more than 800 diverse stalls that attract over 100,000 people through its doors each week – so, what’s not to love?

In Leeds you really can ‘shop until you drop’ – with a wide range of shops to suit all styles and budgets. We love the array of gorgeous old arcades (remember to look up when you’re inside!)

We also have the very modern Trinity Centre, which is filled with a range of high street brands and the Trinity Kitchen, where you really are spoilt for great food choice. More recently came the award-winning Victoria Shopping Centre – we think this has got to be one of the most beautiful shopping destinations in the country!

Live music

We’re home to a huge music scene – whether it’s revelling in the mud mayhem at Leeds Fest or watching some of the best global talent at the First Direct Arena! Or, if you’re into more intimate gigs, shows or comedy acts taking centre stage, check out the events on offer at the O2 Academy and at the Brudenell Social Club.


A favourite bar of ours is at the ‘top of town’, a cocktail and rum venue called Mojo. It’s stylish but laid-back and a fabulous place to sit out and enjoy a chilled drink on a summer’s evening – with some amazing music for accompaniment!

We’d also recommend visiting the neighbouring local towns – especially Otley, Chapel Allerton and Headingley – if you’re wanting a traditional Yorkshire pub, as well as plenty more options. We’ve enjoyed seeing the recent revival in Meanwood’s nightlife and the new vigour surrounding areas such as Crossgates, which are becoming local hotspots for a great night out.


While we might not be in the centre of London, our theatre scene can compete with the best of them! There are some amazing curtain-raising productions showcased at Leeds Grand Theatre, the Playhouse, Opera North and City Varieties.


Whatever the ‘goal’, you’re spoilt for choice in Leeds – we truly believe it’s the ‘home’ of football, rugby, cricket and golf! And, for those who prefer to be on two wheels, there are some scenic cycle routes to peddle through, as well as challenging hills that have been famously climbed by world-class stars during the annual Tour de Yorkshire race.

Coming back home

Alongside the out-of-work attractions, security and opportunity are vitally important. Leeds comprises several towns and suburbs rolled into one – each with distinctive characteristics and regional pride running throughout.

There’s a great opportunity for young professionals to get onto the property ladder, with prices still lower than many of the other big cities. Alongside the regeneration of the city – and some of the suburbs – it can present many memorable moments, stability and prove to be one of the soundest investments to make.

We are proud to call Leeds our home – could this be yours too?



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