HUDDERSFIELD will be the centre of West Yorkshire’s financial sector at a key meeting tomorrow.
The town’s Galpharm Stadium hosts a meeting of the Leeds Financial Services Initiative – which works to promote the sector across the Leeds city region, including Kirklees and Calderdale.
Leading figures from the local business community will be among those attending the forum, which aims to help financial services companies raising the profile of the region as a centre of excellence for financial services.
The financial services industry across the Leeds city region employs about 240,000 people and generates £13bn a year.
This accounts for 20% of the city region’s workforce and 27% per cent of its output in 2008.
It is the largest hub of financial services in the UK outside London.
Howard Kew, chief executive for the initiative, said: "While the firms within Leeds centre are well aware of the work being done to promote the sector, those firms outside of Leeds are not so aware.
"We are organising two discussion forums to take place in Huddersfield and Wakefield to talk about how the Leeds City Region financial services sector can work together to raise the profile of the sector as a whole.
"We anticipate questions being asked about how the Leeds City Region strategy affects those companies outside of the centre of Leeds and what those companies can do to maximise the benefits of being a part of the City Region."
Speakers will include Mr Kew and Clr Andrew Carter, chairman of the Leeds City Region Partnership Board. The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session and culminate in a discussion on how to take things forward.