Five reasons to be cheerful about the future of Leeds

The Leeds city region’s economy has a spring in its step after a number of big corporate players revealed plans to create jobs.

Rod Flavell of FDM
Rod Flavell of FDM

Here are links to five stories that will give you reasons to be cheerful.

A global IT firm hopes to employ around 500 staff in Leeds by mid 2017, as part of a strategy to increase its client base around Yorkshire. FDM Group, which is one of Britain’s largest listed IT services providers, moved its northern centre from Manchester to Leeds eight weeks ago.

The Leeds office already employs 100 staff, and Rod Flavell, FDM’s chief executive, plans to dramatically increase its size in response to demand.

In July, it was revealed that entertainment company​ Sky had chosen Leeds as the location for a new, world-class technology facility.

The hub will create up to 400 skilled jobs at the cutting edge of digital technology, focused on creating and developing Sky’s next generation of websites and apps across its services. Based at Allied London’s Leeds Dock, in the heart of the city, the company said [email protected] Dock will establish a dynamic and creative environment that will transform the way Sky’s technology teams​ operate.

Matt Grest, ​h​ead of ​t​echnology​ at​ [email protected] Dock​, said​: “The hub will mean that the cream of technology will no longer have to go to London or the west coast of America.”

In March, it was announced that internet giant Google was opening a “Digital Garage” in Leeds as part of a nationwide initiative to help small businesses grow.

The scheme offers a single point of contact for businesses looking for help in funding, export, apprenticeships, research and development and skills.

A team of 10 growth managers, based around the region, will direct firms to existing schemes available from the LEP and other organisations, including UK Trade and Investment.