Investor Benefits

Leicestershire’s £22.9bn vibrant and thriving economy sits at the very heart of the country. It boasts a unique proposition that characterises our place in the UK.

We have unrivalled connectivity; only an hour from London by rail, easy access to the M1, M69, M6 and onward road networks, the largest logistics distribution park in Europe, the UK’s second largest freight airport and two international passenger airports reachable in less than an hour.

We have an accessible workforce with over 1 million working age people within a 45 min drive, three world class universities with over 50,000 students, and strong FE Colleges supporting 85,000 learners and 3,500 employers.

We have strengths in key UK future growth sectors but also maintain the strong, and growing, manufacturing sector that forms the backbone of our economy. We are home to a diverse range of businesses including Caterpillar, Next, Santander, Walkers Snack Foods and more recently IBM Services Centre UK.

We have a young, diverse, multicultural city surrounded by thriving market towns and popular villages set in an attractive landscape providing the perfect balance for living and working, with plenty of attractions and activities for all to enjoy.


Enterprise Zones

Businesses that locate on an Enterprise Zone can access a number of benefits including up to 100% business rate discount worth up to £275,000 per business over a 5-year period, simplified planning and access to superfast broadband.

To be eligible for the business rates discounts companies have to locate on the Loughborough and Leicester Science and Innovation Enterprise Zone before March 2022. Full details of the eligibility criteria and the process to apply can be found through the appropriate Local Authority:

Charnwood Borough Council for Charnwood Campus and LUSEP

Leicester City Council for Leicester Waterside

The qualifying period for business rates relief for the MIRA Technology Park Enterprise Zone ended in March 2018 and therefore new businesses locating onto the site will not be eligible for this discount


Investor Support

Our local inward investment team can provide tailored advice and support for your business needs. They provide a free impartial service through the provision of specialist advice, including a dedicated and integrated relocation team who will work closely with you every step of the way.

For more information on the local support available for your business please visit:

Invest Leicester

LLEP Business Gateway