The English market town of Leek is located within the county that is known as Staffordshire on the banks of the River Churnet. The town is the administrative centre for the Staffordshire Moorlands. The town of Leek was granted permission by King John to have a weekly market within the town which is held on a Wednesday and the town also has permission to hold an annual fair which lasts for seven days. The permission for both the market and the fair was granted to Ranulph de Blundeville during 1207.
For hundreds of years the town of Leek has held regular cattle markets, which reflect its role as a centre for agriculture. The town become more of a centre for textiles during the industrial revolution. Nowadays the textile industry has declined considerably and the allied and dyeing trades have replaced it. The mills that were used during the time of the textile industry still remain however many of them are now being turned into houses. The town still has regular markets and they are still very active.
The town of Leek is also nowadays home to some big companies including the headquarters for the building society Britannia. The building society is actually one of the main employers at the moment.
Another main employer for the town of Leek is the theme park Alton Towers as this park is located within the district of Staffordshire Moorlands and is easily accessed from the town of Leek.