With an estimated 330,000 residents, Leicester is the tenth largest city in England. The City covers an area of 7,335 hectares and is located at the centre of a wider urban area in the heart of Leicestershire.
Leicester is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the UK, with a rich industrial heritage and recent iconic developments such as the National Space Centre, Curve (performing arts) and the Gold Award winning Highcross shopping and leisure complex .
The City provides employment, shopping, public administration, leisure and health care facilities for some 600,000 people. The City has two universities, the University of Leicester and De Montfort University which have a combined total of 28,400 full-time students, and over 10,000 part-time students. Leicester College of Further Education is one of the largest colleges in the country.
The City has fast train links to London St Pancras and Europe and enjoys good road access to the rest of the UK via the M1 and M69 motorways.
The health, education and retail sectors are important sources of local employment, other key employers include: HSBC, Office Depot, Shoe Zone and Arriva.
The attached document provides an insight into the Leicester economy.