Leicester is a city of 300,000 people at the heart of the Midlands. At the time of the 2011 Census, 27% of its residents were aged 19 and under – the largest proportion in the region. The city has been put firmly on the map for the discovery of DNA profiling, Walkers crisps and the location of the car park where Richard III’s remains were found.
More recently, the city has become known as the home of 2016 Premier League football champions Leicester City, who started the season as 5,000-1 outsiders. A study by Ernst & Young revealed this win contributed £140 million in gross added value Leicester’s economy, while supporting more than 2,500 jobs. And experts predict this investment will continue for a while longer yet.
Leicester is also planning for its future, with extensive redevelopment happening across the city. The Waterside area has been earmarked for £25 million of improvements, with new homes, offices, shops and green spaces to be rolled out over the coming years. Leicester’s Economic Action Plan is also in place to bring new and exciting opportunities to the city centre by 2020, which includes improving transport links,
supporting the development of skills, and encouraging more business investment.