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Why Leeds is one of the UK’s brightest digital cities

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The past decade has seen Leeds emerge as one the UK’s brightest digital cities and a highly desirable place to study, work and live. Planned developments include the rejuvenation of the South Bank and a relocation of HMRC’s offices to the city. We took a closer look at how Leeds is earning its exciting new reputation.

Home of digital heavyweights

Not only is Leeds attracting new startups, software testing companies and digital agencies such as twentysix, but the Yorkshire city houses digital heavyweights Sky Betting & Gaming (a Sunday Times Top 100 Employer), NHS Digital and Rockstar Games, which was founded there in 1997.

The numbers don’t lie

According to Tech Nation, the number of digital jobs in Leeds currently sits at an impressive 23,734, the average advertised digital salary is £50,041 and there have been 314 startup births in the city. Leeds also has a digital GVA of £688 million, a population of 3 million and an economy of £64.6 billion.

An even brighter future

Leeds has even more to offer for the future of digital. It has three universities; the University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University and Leeds Trinity University, and there are plans to invest a further £7.3 billion into the city’s continued development.

leeds.gov.uk described Leeds as “the city centre for the Leeds City Region as a whole, with a growing concentration of private sector and high skilled, knowledge intensive jobs.”

Leeds Digital Festival 2018 was extended to two weeks to meet an increasing demand from the north’s growing data, healthcare and startup scenes. Our Manchester team held a Digital North event as part of the festival. You can find out more about Digital North by checking out the event page or contacting the Group Coordinator, Cara Dodson.

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