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Cushman and Wakefield's European Cities Monitor 2010 also named Leeds the UK's best ranked city for cost of staff.
50% of all UK manufacturing takes place within a 2-hour drive of Leeds, and Leeds is the UK's third largest centre for manufacturing accounting for around 152,000 jobs in advanced engineering, medical technology, food and drink, chemicals and printing.
Leeds is the fastest growing media and new media centre in the UK, and is the largest centre for print, packaging and publishing outside London.
Over 120,000 people are employed in knowledge-intensive occupations in the city, making Leeds the largest centre for knowledge-based industries outside London.
The Bank of England also has a major presence in the city through its Leeds cash centre, which is responsible for bulk note handling for the North of England.
Leeds was voted the top European city in terms of value for money of office space in both 20.
Described by the Lonely Planet guide to Britain as the 'Knightsbridge of the North', Leeds has consistently been ranked as one of the UK's top five retail destinations, with a total shopping catchment population of nearly 3.2 million people regionally.
In the last decade £617 million has been invested in Leeds City Centre to further enhance its excellent shopping and leisure facilities, with a further £6 billion in progress or proposed, including the £350 million Trinity Leeds, opened in March 2013, the state of the art Leeds Arena, and the £650 million Victoria Gate retail development.
Kirkgate Market, part of which is a Grade I listed building dating from 1875, is the largest covered market in Europe.
Leeds was named ‘The Best Place in Britain to Live’ by Henley Management College's 'Urban Behaviours' study.
Leeds International Concert Season is the largest concert season of its kind in the UK, with over 200 events from September to May each year.
Leeds City Station is the busiest in the UK outside of central London, with over 900 trains and 100,000 passengers per day.