Official figures have revealed that Yorkshire is the UK’s top exporter of manufacturing goods outside of London. For every 10,000 residents in Yorkshire in 2017, there were 22 exporting companies – more per person than anywhere else in the Northern Powerhouse, including more than Scotland and Wales.
Exports from Yorkshire increased by 14% between 2016 and 2017, being the strong growth from across the Northern Powerhouse. The region boasts the highest proportion of exports going to Sub-Saharan Africa, while exports to Latin America and the Caribbean above the UK average.
“This Yorkshire Day, let’s recognise the tremendous achievements of the entrepreneurs, business owners, manufacturers and innovators who are leading the charge of the Northern Powerhouse with an export-driven economy at its heart,” said Northern Powerhouse minister, Jake Berry.
“Yorkshire has a rapidly growing network of businesses who are part of our Northern Powerhouse partners programme. These latest figures show what can be achieved when government and business work together and I encourage local companies of all sizes to join our coalition of private and public sector partners taking the Northern Powerhouse forward,” he added.
The companies that have been investing in this region include Siemens UK, which invested up to £200 million in a state of the art train factory in Goole, and Sirius Minerals, which has announced plans for a revolutionary mineral transport system in Wilton.