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An ecosystem of innovation

From its beginnings as a textile trading town, Leeds became an early manufacturing location: first textile factories, then engineering. Many more products followed to make it a city of 1,000 trades. The contemporary economy, now so strong in services, has deep roots. Survival and thriving depend on constant reassessment of how an organisation works and how it relates to the changing operating environment. There are some intriguing stories of 'Leeds Legends' - ingenious long-term survivors - as well as some salutary tales of 'Giants of the past'.