Living and working in Yorkshire and the Humber

The truly diverse landscape of Yorkshire and the Humber offers both more manufacturing and more land in national parks than any other region in England.

So whether you prefer to live and work in the city or countryside, you are truly spoilt for choice.


The region has an equally diverse economy, from fishing and finance to textiles and stainless steel. Many large British companies are either based in the region, or were founded there. These include; McCains, Birds Eye and Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate in the food sector; Tetley's and Timothy Taylor Breweries; Marks and Spencer, Morrisons, ASDA  and Jaeger from the high street and Halifax Bank, Yorkshire Bank, Yorkshire Building Society, First Direct and Bradford and Bingley to name just a few of the banks and building societies seen across the whole of the country.

In the past, Yorkshire was known for its many coal mines. Many of the pits closed in the 1990s, but coal still plays a large part in the economy with three large power stations in the region, one of which, the Drax power station, has the largest electricity output in western Europe.

The great outdoors

With large rural areas such as the North Yorkshire Moors and the Yorkshire Dales, there is ample countryside to explore outside of work. Nidderdale and the Howardian Hills are designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, while Spurn Point, Flamborough Head and the coastal North York Moors are designated Heritage Coast areas.

For animal lovers, Moor House is one of England's largest national nature reserves. Coastal wildlife such as the northern gannet, Atlantic puffin and razorbill can be seen at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds nature reserves.

For a great family day out nothing beats a day at the seaside. Scarborough on the north east coast is Britain's oldest seaside resort dating back to the 17th century, while Whitby with its picture perfect harbour has been voted as the UKs best beach.

If you like to take part in sport, the English Institute of Sport is situated in north-east Sheffield and is home to many indoor national sports teams. Being near the Peak District, Sheffield is also the home of UK climbing. The most well-known climbs are at Malham Cove, Kilnsey and Gordale.

If watching sport holds more appeal, there are plenty of football and rugby clubs across the region. Sheffield F.C., founded in October 1857, is the world's oldest football club still in existence. Horse racing is also well supported in the area. The St. Leger Stakes first run in 1776 at Doncaster Racecourse, is the world's oldest classic horse race, and the Doncaster Cup, which was first run in 1766, is the world's oldest continuing regulated horse race.

Food and drink

If all the fresh air and sport on offer makes you hungry, there are plenty of hearty traditional dishes to enjoy, many of which are enjoyed across the whole country.

Yorkshire pudding, served as part of a traditional Sunday roast across the country, is by far the best known of Yorkshire foods; but others include Parkin, Wensleydale cheese and Pikelets. Curries have also become popular across the region due to the immigration of Asian families.  

For those with a sweet tooth, the region has played a prominent part in the confectionery industry, liquorice sweets were first created in Pontefract in the 1760s, whilst Rowntree's, Terry's and Thorntons all based in York, continue to invent many of the most popular sweets in the UK.

Brewing also takes place across the region. Many breweries date from the late 18th and early 19th century and the beer produced, such as John Smith's and Theakstons bitter, is enjoyed across the UK.

Vibrant culture

The area is steeped in literature and music. The region’s best known authors include the Brontë family and Beatrix Potter. Brass bands, which are intrinsically linked with the coal mines once so prominent in the area, include the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band and the Black Dyke Band. Many more recent musicians, including David Bowie, Def Leppard and Kaiser Chiefs all have links to the area.

There really is no other place in the UK that offers the diversity of Yorkshire and Humberside. Whether you choose to live in the city or countryside, Yorkshire and the Humber offers a great place to live and work.  

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