Sport and Health & Life Sciences
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.
Life Sciences encompasses biological innovation, sport science development, biochemistry and pharmaceutical research.
The UK is at the leading edge of the global Life Sciences sector, employing around 222,000 people and generating approximately £60.7bn of turnover, growing between 2-3% per annum. The Midlands has been identified by the department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as the region where growth in Life Sciences is at its strongest and it is looking to the area to play a significant part in the delivery of the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy.
In Leicester and Leicestershire, Life Sciences accounts for £150 million in GVA and employs 3,600 people across 130 businesses. It is seen a key priority locally and due to its strength and proximity to other nearby life sciences industry, forming a regional cluster that links up emerging innovation and research across businesses, universities and hospitals, to create an ‘area of excellence’.
Locally the area is famed for accolades including the development of DNA fingerprinting, vital advances in fighting heart disease, cancer, respiratory diseases and diabetes, and developments in forensic psychology at the University of Leicester, where there are some of the newest purpose-built scientific accommodation in the country.
Charnwood Campus (the former Astra Zeneca site) located within the Loughborough and Leicester Science and Innovation Enterprise Zone has been refreshed and re-branded and how now been designated the UK’s first Life Sciences Opportunities Zone (LSOZ). This encompasses world-class laboratories and specialist manufacturing facilities aiming to inspire discovery, encourage collaboration, accelerate business growth, and help contribute to the Midlands and the UK’s continued growth at the cutting edge of the Life Sciences industry. It is home to top bioscience, pharmaceutical, med-tech companies such as Almac, 3M and ARM Holdings.