West Yorkshire lies in possibly the most strategic part of Yorkshire: the M62, M1 and the A1 (M) pass through the county, as well as internal motorways in Leeds and Bradford. West Yorkshire has two mainline railway stations, Leeds and Wakefield Westgate. Leeds railway station is the only Network Rail principal station in the whole of Yorkshire and North East England, one of only three in the North of England along with Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street.
Leeds has recently attracted investment from financial institutions to become a recognised financial centre, encouraging many banks, building societies and insurance companies to take offices in the city. Wakefield has also attracted many service based industries, in particular call centres. There are an abundance of serviced offices in West Yorkshire, particularly in Leeds, all of which are in prominent locations and within close proximity of the various modes of transport available.
Two of the big four supermarkets are from West Yorkshire. Morrisons based in Bradford, and Asda, based in Leeds. Netto have their British headquarters in South Elmsall.