Business Productivity and Resilience

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Our vision for action on productivity and resilience in the Leeds City Region


Resilient and thriving businesses are the heart of our Leeds City Region economy. They are critical to our economic recovery post COVID-19 for jobs, competitiveness, and the wider resilience of our people and places. Our businesses also play a significant role in improving living standards and tackling the climate emergency.


Businesses in Leeds City Region together add up to be one of the most diverse economies in the UK. This diversity makes our economy more resilient to sector-specific shocks while also being home to key national economic strengths. Yet despite these strengths, the region underperforms nationally in terms of productivity — and closing this gap to the UK average in Leeds City Region would be worth £8.5bn to the economy. This was a challenge before COVID-19 and is a priority for recovery.


Our draft Business Productivity and Resilience Plan sets out proposed actions to boost productivity and resilience in the Leeds City Region:

  • Looking at the positive business behaviours that are proven to increase productivity and build greater resilience.
  • Acting on the structural transformation opportunities that can impact our overall business productivity performance, including through investment, attracting new enterprises, and reshaping our economy to be net-zero carbon resilient.
  • Delivering on outcomes of greater economic resilience

This plan is guided by the evidence that suggests we have more potential than we are currently realising and has been developed in consultation with our business-led Business, Innovation and Growth Panel for Leeds City Region.


Have your say


You can view a summary of the draft Business Productivity and Resilience Plan and supporting evidence in the 'Documents' section on this page, or click here. This plan is the start of the conversation, and we want to know what you think will help businesses to be more productive and resilient. We want to understand your views, and hear your perspectives on what “Productivity” and “Resilience” mean to you, your business or your stakeholders.

To have your say, please complete our short survey by clicking here. The survey is open to contribution until Sunday 13th June 2021.


Next steps


Following the engagement, we will refine the Business and Productivity Resilience Plan and share the revised version in Summer 2021.

Our vision for action on productivity and resilience in the Leeds City Region


Resilient and thriving businesses are the heart of our Leeds City Region economy. They are critical to our economic recovery post COVID-19 for jobs, competitiveness, and the wider resilience of our people and places. Our businesses also play a significant role in improving living standards and tackling the climate emergency.


Businesses in Leeds City Region together add up to be one of the most diverse economies in the UK. This diversity makes our economy more resilient to sector-specific shocks while also being home to key national economic strengths. Yet despite these strengths, the region underperforms nationally in terms of productivity — and closing this gap to the UK average in Leeds City Region would be worth £8.5bn to the economy. This was a challenge before COVID-19 and is a priority for recovery.


Our draft Business Productivity and Resilience Plan sets out proposed actions to boost productivity and resilience in the Leeds City Region:

  • Looking at the positive business behaviours that are proven to increase productivity and build greater resilience.
  • Acting on the structural transformation opportunities that can impact our overall business productivity performance, including through investment, attracting new enterprises, and reshaping our economy to be net-zero carbon resilient.
  • Delivering on outcomes of greater economic resilience

This plan is guided by the evidence that suggests we have more potential than we are currently realising and has been developed in consultation with our business-led Business, Innovation and Growth Panel for Leeds City Region.


Have your say


You can view a summary of the draft Business Productivity and Resilience Plan and supporting evidence in the 'Documents' section on this page, or click here. This plan is the start of the conversation, and we want to know what you think will help businesses to be more productive and resilient. We want to understand your views, and hear your perspectives on what “Productivity” and “Resilience” mean to you, your business or your stakeholders.

To have your say, please complete our short survey by clicking here. The survey is open to contribution until Sunday 13th June 2021.


Next steps


Following the engagement, we will refine the Business and Productivity Resilience Plan and share the revised version in Summer 2021.