ECS hits the North and brings in 80 new jobs

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EIGHTY jobs are being created in Yorkshire by an IT services firm which works with some of the biggest names in retail and banking.

ECS has chosen Park House in Leeds as its base to cover the North of England.

ECS, which has its head office in Glasgow, provides managed IT and consultancy services to FTSE 100 companies.

Andy Nicholson, group managing director of ECS, said yesterday: “Leeds is the ideal location for this next phase in our expansion, and the quality of Park House and its excellent transport links are similar to the other city centre locations we have in Glasgow, Edinburgh and close to the famous Gherkin in London.

“After an extensive search, Park House was the right choice because of the high-quality working environment and professionalism of the staff.

“ECS is growing rapidly and we needed to be confident that our landlord shares our vision for the future and is a good cultural fit for our young and dynamic business.”

Park House, in Park Square, Leeds, provides workspaces for businesses looking to accommodate a flexible workforce.

It can accommodate everything from single workers to large teams.

A spokesman said: “The decision to open a regional base in Leeds was made in order to access the local pool of talent.”

Agreements like this highlight the revival of the commercial property sector in Yorkshire.

More companies and investors are showing an interest in the UK regional market.

Henrie Westlake, head of the Leeds office at Knight Frank, said: “As predicted by Knight Frank last year, there has been a resurgence of interest in the UK regions, including Yorkshire, from invest-ors.

“Investors have been attracted by the attractive pricing, and strong fundamentals.

“The diminishing supply in the regional markets coupled with an almost non-existent development pipeline bodes well for future performance.

“With sectors of the London market viewed as overheated by the impact of foreign investors, a growing number of institutional investors are looking to the regions.”