Where we have previously highlighted the expansion of Pestcotek into Hull, Sheffield and Selby, today we would like to feature Leeds as an area into which we are expanding. The city can proudly be considered to be the financial, commercial and cultural heart of West Yorkshire. In terms of higher education, the city is well served, being host to four universities. Consequently, it has the largest student population in the UK. The economy of Leeds is the country’s fourth largest after London. Small wonder it is then that Pestcotek chooses Leeds as a major city into which we are expanding the ambit of our services. After London, Leeds is the largest legal centre in the country and the city’s financial and insurance services are worth over 2 billion. The city has over 30 national and international banks. Over 30 call centres can be found in Leeds employing around 20 000 individuals. In 2011, the City of Leeds metropolitan borough was estimated to have a population of around 757 700.
Leeds was originally in Yorkshire’s West Riding (when the county was divided into areas called ‘ridings’). The name ‘Leeds’ can be traced back to the 5th century when it referred to an area in the Kingdom of Elmet. The word has been applied to all sorts of different administrative arrangements over the centuries. From the 13th century to the 17th and 18thcenturies the entity of Leeds evolved from a manorial borough to a pivotal centre for the trade and production of wool. During the Industrial Revolution, Leeds was transformed by economic and industrial trends into a mill town: engineering, iron foundries printing and flax, amongst other industries, played their part in its development. The 16th century saw the absorption of outlying areas from the city into the same administrative area.
Culturally, Leeds has much of which to be proud. The city is home to Opera North (based in The Grand Theatre, on Briggate). The City Varieties Music Hall, which hosted performances by Houdini and Charlie Chaplin, was the theatre in which the The Good Old Days was filmed for broadcast. Another major theatre to be found in Leeds is The West Yorkshire Playhouse. The Phoenix Dance Theatre can be found in Leeds along with Northern Ballet Theatre. In September 2013, the 13 500 seater stadium, the First Direct Arena, opened in Leeds. This is emerging as a major venue for music and indoor sports. Other similar events are held at the O2 Academy. Performers and producers of popular music from Leeds include: The Kaiser Chiefs, The Pigeon Detectives, Soft Cell, The Sunshine Underground, The Wedding Present, Haduoken!, The Sisters of Mercy, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Corinne Bailey Rae, The Rhythm Sisters, Gang of Four, Hood, The Utah Saints, Mel B (of the Spice Girls) and Alt-J.
Leeds United, formed in 1919, is the city football team, housed at Elland Road Stadium. Headingley stadium is home to Yorkshire County Cricket Club: the most successful cricket team in England,. Leeds Rhinos Rugby League also play at Headingley; Hunslet Hawks is the other major Rugby League team in the city. Yorkshire Carnegie is the city’s Rugby Union Team. Leeds Force, whose home is Beckett Park in the city, are the city’s major basketball team.
With a proud industrial heritage, cultural richness and sporting prowess, Pestcotek can say that we are extremely proud to be expanding into the economically affluent area of Leeds. The management of the economy of Leeds has been expertly executed to make Leeds a major national player. It is a city with an economy and cultural interest sufficient to continually attract individuals as residents and businesses as commercial entities. The economy is very well diversified. For these reasons, we make our expansion into Leeds and say to the people of Leeds that Pestcotek is here to stamp out and rid you and your commercial and domestic premises of those nasty little problems that can arise at any time of the year.