More About Leeds
From cotton, wool and flax industries to pioneering the world’s first successful commercial steam locomotive, Leeds is a city with a fantastic and interesting history. The next phase of the city’s history is in the making now, with new and fantastic attractions, businesses and amenities developing in the area throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.
The UK’s third-largest city with an estimated population of 757,700, Leeds is in West Yorkshire and its history can be traced back to the 5th century. Now the commercial, cultural and financial heart of West Yorkshire, Leeds has the fourth-largest student population in the country and is amongst the top cities in the UK as a hub for financial and legal services.
Public transport has grown in the area in line with industries, from the steam locomotion Salamanca back in 1812 to the proposed High Speed Rail 2 line, which will link Leeds to London and is expected to open in 2033.
Cholera outbreaks in 1832 and 1849 forced authorities to improve sanitation, water supply and drainage in Leeds and three reservoirs were built around the city after the 1867 Leeds Waterworks Act, providing higher-quality water to the population.
In the period between the First and Second World Wars, over 18,000 new houses were built across 24 estates and property development has continued to occur since then including many luxury penthouse apartments around the city centre. With a population growth of nearly 150,000 between 1911 and 2011, it is clear to see that the demand for housing was there and on the whole, the population has grown decade upon decade with each census.
With natural and man-made landmarks aplenty, Leeds is a vibrant and diverse place to visit. Whether you like the historical architecture of Harewood House, the natural beauty of Fairburn Ings RSPB Reserve or modern Skyscrapers and shopping centres, you will find it in Leeds along with many other things to see and do.
Leeds was names one of Centre for Cities five ‘cities to watch’ in 2011, based on its thriving industries and above regional average earnings. The high student population gives Leeds a highly-educated workforce and it is a hub for public sector health bodies with the Department of Health, NHS England, the Care Quality Commission and Public Health England all boasting large offices in the city.
With the cost of living approximately 38% cheaper than in London, Leeds was in 2012 voted the country’s fifth best city based on quality of life and although the financial crisis did hit Leeds hard, it remains second only to London as one of the UK’s largest financial centres.
An all-round great place to live, work and visit, we are thrilled to be working closer with local suppliers and companies to provide high quality waste management services throughout Leeds as we strengthen in the area. Our goal is to help local businesses achieve zero waste to landfill and we are excited by the prospect of being a part of Leeds’ brilliant, brighter, greener future.