“God’s Own County” is a term often used for Yorkshire in praise of its natural beauty, but it is a term that can equally be used to describe the culinary heritage of the region. From the eponymous Yorkshire pudding, one of the most recognizably British foods, to Aakash, which has been dubbed “the world’s largest curry house”, the world of comfort food owes a lot to Yorkshire. Yorkshire producers have played an important role in the modern confectionary industry.
In the 1760s George Dunhill added sugar to the liquorice plant, resulting in the sweet that it still popular around the world today. Some of Britain’s (and the world’s) favourite sweets have been developed by Yorkshire companies, including Kit Kat, Smarties, Quality Street, and Terry’s Chocolate Oranges. Yorkshire can even lay claim to being the home of the oldest sweet shop in the world, as certified by Guinness World Records, located in Pately Bridge, and dating back to 1827. Unofficial statistics indicate that Yorkshire dentists are the wealthiest in the UK.
Harrogate in Yorkshire
The Yorkshire economy has traditionally been based in heavy industries, with its major cities Leeds and Sheffield focussed on textile manufacture, coal mining and steelmaking. However, with the decline of such industries in the late 20th century, the region greatly diversified into other industries, maintaining a high rate of economic growth.
Today, Leeds is one of the UK’s largest financial centres. Many major international financial institutions therefore base their regional offices in Leeds, including KPMG, HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, and Zurich Financial Services. Sheffield, on the other hand, has built a reputation as being one of the most innovative centres for engineering. It is home to Sheffield Forgemasters International, which is recognized world-wide as being leaders in executing large and complex steel forgings and castings. The company has had its head offices in Sheffield since 1805. In recent years, tourism has also grown significantly in the area, and currently contributes £7 billion pound to its economy.
Leeds in Yorkshire.