• £3.7bn

  • £8bn

  • 12,425

  • 375


Top three chemical subsectors in the East of England

By number of businesses:

  1. Manufacture of perfumes and toilet preparation
  2. Manufacture of pharmaceutical preparations
  3. Manufacture of pains, varnishes and similar coatings, mastics and sealants.

By employment:

  1. Manufacture of pharmaceutical preparations
  2. Manufacture of perfumes and toilet preparation
  3. Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical preparations


This region is responsible for 11% of all gross value added by the national chemical industry.

Within the East of England the chemical industry is responsible for 2.3% of gross value added from all activities in the region and 13.7% of all gross value added by the production sector.



This region’s export make up 13.5% of all chemical exports

Chemicals are one fifth (24.7%) of all exported goods from the region and are exported more to non-EU countries than EU countries (63-37).

In terms of chemicals exported, over 60% of all chemicals exported from the East of England are pharmaceuticals and this region alone is responsible for 20% of all medicinal and pharmaceutical exports from the UK.



9.1% of all chemical and pharmaceutical employment is in the East of England, with 4000 people working in the manufacturing of pharmaceutical preparation, 1500 in the manufacturing of perfumes and toilet preparations, and 1250 in the manufacturing of basic pharmaceutical preparations.

Our industry makes up for 5.9% of all manufacturing employment in the region.

The biggest manufacturing employers are food products manufacturing, fabricated metal products, and machinery and equipment.


Universities and Industries

The Humber and wider Northen Powerhouse has 5 leading universities and produced 7655 industry-ready graduates a year specialising in courses related to the chemical sector.

The University of York has established a center for Industry Education Collaboration (CIEC).