Leicester has seen an exponential growth in digital start-up births and has transformed into a hub for creative and digital tech businesses.
The University of Leicester and DeMontfort University support this growth with a strong commitment to the digital tech scene with data centres and computing research labs, offering support for scale-ups and spin-out companies.
Leicester has seen a stratospheric 35% growth in business stock over the last five years. Exceeding business growth in London, Birmingham and Nottingham, and 16% and 14% above the Midlands and national rate respectively.
Ranked one of the best places to build a business in the UK – 2nd only to London, Leicester is consistently ranked as one of the best places to start a business in the UK with a higher rate than anywhere outside of London, whilst Leicester has proportionately more business start-ups that survive longer than all key competitor cities.
Leicestershire is home to major international businesses including Next, Walkers Crisps (Pepsico), Triumph, Caterpillar, IBM, Norton, Santander, Wal-Mart, Amazon, DHL, Almac and 3M.