The Leeds technology industry is one of the fastest growing in the country having grown by 31% in the past 6 years and is worth £6.6 billion to the local economy. For a long time Leeds has been home to a number of large tech companies and with it’s leading universities, innovation has been central to its success. Well established hubs such as the Sky Technology hub and events like the Leeds Digital Festival make Leeds an increasingly important tech city.

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The Numbers in Yorkshire

£3.67 bn Digital Tech Turnover
8,695 Digital tech business count
53,000 Employment in digital tech
£115,000 Digital tech productivity per worker
Source: Source: Tech Nation Tech Report - 2019

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Companies from Leeds

Leeds has been home to NHS Digital, Sky Betting and Gaming and Rockstar Games for many years. More recently Channel 4 announced that it will be opening its national HQ in Leeds with around 250 jobs being based in the city. Up and coming tech companies to look out for include Synap, Kwizzbit, Cocoon, Panintelligence, Hark, The Data Shed, Cooperative Innovations, Parallax, Infinity Works, Branswer, Pitchero and Citi Logik.

Recent Acquisitions

  • CloudCoCo acquired by Adept4
  • Success Flow Digital acquired by YouWe
  • SICL acquired by MXLG Acquisition
  • OneMedicalGroup acquires Rescon
  • Tracsis acquires Compass for €6 million
  • First 10 Digital acquired by HOME
  • WYG acquired by Tetra Tech
  • BioStraw acquired by Transcend
  • Hero acquires The Balanced You
  • AutoProtect Group acquires DealTrak

Ecosystem Builders in Leeds

Investment Community

  • Digital Inward Investment Fund
  • Beringea
  • North Invest
  • Northstar Ventures
  • Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund
  • Foresight Group
  • Business Growth Fund

Key Events

  • Northern Tech Awards
  • Leeds Digital Festival
  • Leeds Digital Job Fair
  • Code in the Dark
  • Fintech Leeds

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