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Yorks, Humber & North East Productivity Forum

This area covers the corner of England from the Midlands up to the Scottish border, neighbouring North West England. It has 8 million people, with Leeds easily the largest centre of economic activity. This region is in a transition from traditional heavy industry industries to more diversified business areas, but it still has a strong manufacturing presence. However, the region has the lowest levels of output per hour in the UK – about 17% below the UK average.

Humber, Yorkshire and the North East productivity scattergraphThe Yorkshire and The Humber and North East Productivity Challenge

Find out more about the historic context, key issues and future research priorities of productivity in our briefing: a high-level overview highlighting its productivity picture, including a scattergraph showing the disparities on a ITL 3 level in comparison with the UK average, the primary drivers and bottlenecks, a SWOT analysis and a look to the future.

Briefing Paper

Productivity Scorecards

The Institute’s Productivity Lab has developed a scorecard series, based on ITL1 level, to compare productivity performance across UK regions and devolved nations. It comprises five main Yorkshire and Humber Productivity scorecardregional productivity drivers, captured using 17 indicators.

Download the Yorkshire and Humber scorecard
Download the North East scorecard


Key Contacts

Professor Jason Heyes

Yorks, Humber & North East Forum lead
Sheffield University Management School

Sarah Tulip

Yorks, Humber & North East Forum Chair


Alasdair Barrett

British Business Bank

Anne-Marie Kilkenny

Oliver Wight Consulting

Charles Turner

Durham Duplex

Dr Jon Finn

Tougher Minds

Dr Josey Wardle

Innovate UK

Giselle Stewart


Jamie Martin

Ward Hadaway

Louise Kempton

Newcastle University

Nick Martin

Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies

Paul Bashir

Harrison Street

Paul Mount

Bank of England’s Agency for Yorkshire & the Humber

Professor Peter Wells

Sheffield Hallam University

Professor Richard Harris

University of Durham

Professor Gary Dymski

Leeds University Business School

John Greenhough

The GreenField Organisation

Felix Kumi-Ampofo

Sheffield City Region

Tom Bousfield

South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority


Comparing productivity performance across the UK using scorecard maps

Productivity Measurement Analysis series – insights from Q2, 2023

Does lower productivity outside London and the South East affect UK-wide performance?