The City of Leeds is the fastest growing city in the UK with a population of around 3m and enjoys one of the most diverse economies in the UK with a workforce of 1.5m of whom 77% work in the private sector. Leeds has the fourth largest student population in the UK across four universities and is the largest legal and financial centre outside of London with 30 national and international banks represented including the Bank of England. Other major employers based in the City include William Hill, ASDA, Direct Line, BT Group and AVIVA, as well as over 100,000 working in the public sector including the City Council, NHS and the Dept of Health.
Leeds lies at the junction of the M1 with the A1(M) and the M62 trans Pennine route, 170 miles to the north of London and less than 20 miles from the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the north, the Lincolnshire Wolds to the east and Pennines to the west.
Colton lies 5 miles to the east of the City centre just to the north of the M1 with convenient access off both junction 45 with Pontefract Lane, and 46 with the A6120 Selby Road, location of the Thorpe Park Business Park, adjoining Colton Retail Park and new Springs Leisure Park and the location of a new Railway Station to serve an area designated for 11,000 new homes.