An exceptional place to do business

Perfectly placed in the heart of the UK’s Northern Powerhouse, Kirklees sits at the centre of the Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield City Region triangle.

With a thriving economy and ambitious development plans over the next decade, there has never been a more exciting time to live, work and invest in Kirklees.

How we can help

Business Kirklees’ Inward Investment team will provide a single point of contact to help you establish and grow your business. Our wide-ranging specialist support includes:

  • Location search and selection, property solutions and relocation advice 
  • Site tours and presentations 
  • Research and intelligence to support business case development – including labour market and workforce skills 
  • Employee recruitment and retention guidance 
  • Skills and training advice to support a sustainable and talented workforce 
  • Signposting to finance, and advice on grants and incentives 
  • Marketing and PR support 
  • Access to world-class centres of excellence, cluster groups and business development networks 
  • Support to navigate council services such as planning, business rates and licencing

Commercial land and property search

We combine specialist local insight with access to CoStar – the world’s largest bank of commercial real estate
information – to provide you with an in-depth report on commercial land and premise availability, tailored to your bespoke needs.

Meet the Team

Whether you’re looking for start-up premises or considering a large-scale business relocation, our dedicated team is here to help. We’ll provide a single point of contact to help you establish and grow your business in Kirklees.

James Barker

Inward Investment Manager

A Chartered Town Planner with 15 years’ experience working in planning and regeneration, James has detailed knowledge of the local area, policies and land allocations. Now leading on inward investment activity, he works closely with agents and planning to support business and investors looking to expand and relocate. 

Jess Newbould

Inward Investment Project Officer

With a background in destination marketing, lead generation and micro/SME business support, Jess works closely with landowners, developers and agents to showcase Kirklees’ investment potential.  



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