Sport and Health
Leicester is known for its sporting achievements, including premiership rugby, football basketball, cricket and hockey. From a business perspective, the sector contributes greatly to the local economy through high profile sporting events including motor racing at Mallory Park and Donington Park - with its relatively recent acquisition of Formula E and horse racing at Leicester Racecourse.
However, the region’s commitment to sporting excellence and mass participation goes far beyond the sporting achievements. The sector covers the manufacture and sale of sporting goods and equipment, activities of sports facilities and fitness clubs, marketing and promotion, and links to scientific activities and research to aid sporting performance – such as those at Loughborough University. As well as its world-leading research and training capabilities, a cluster of sport national governing bodies are based at the SportPark at the University
The area’s premier sports teams enjoy excellent facilities. Leicester Riders’ recently opened new, £4.5million 3,000-capacity arena; Leicester Tigers recent seating expansion and Leicestershire County Cricket Club’s improved facilities all allow these venues to maximise commercial opportunities for various large, non-sporting events such as concerts and corporate functions.
Health and Social care
Health and Social Care in Leicestershire has undergone radical changes in the last few years and there now operates an accountable care system which involves the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, three clinical commissioning groups: West Leicestershire, Leicester City and East Leicestershire and Rutland; three local authorities of Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council and Rutland County Council; the local ambulance service provider and a social enterprise.
The sector is growing as people are living longer and have more complex needs. There are around 53,300 people employed locally across local authorities, hospitals, health centres, local care and care home organisations, private health care, domiciliary care and community service agencies and there are over 560 practising GPs in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.