Young firms flocking to start-up centre

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THE historic Tower Works development in Leeds is now home to 17 start-ups and SMEs, meaning it is 80 per cent let.

The development, which officially opened in July last year, has attracted a cluster of creative companies. New tenants include computer game software developer and publisher, Double Eleven, which was founded by Lee Hutchinson and Matt Shepcar in 2010.

The directors previously worked as lead engineers at games development company Rockstar Leeds. With a base in Middlesborough, they decided to set up a second office in Leeds.

Tower Works is also now home to digital design agency Kaeto, which launched in January this year, and specialises in e-commerce websites.

Sum, a consultancy company which offers project delivery, cost management and dispute resolution services, relocated its 13-strong team to the development and Sodium, a film-making and photography company run by Rob Booker and Phil Barber, is due to move into its new office space next month.

Several independent entrepreneurs have also taken up space at the development including Ben Donnelly, who runs the Leeds satellite office of Betgenius, a London-based provider of data-driven software for the global sports betting and lottery sectors. The new lettings were facilitated by Creative Space Management.