Continuing our Tech Nation 2016 series, here are the report findings for the Leeds tech cluster.
With a wealth of graduates from the city’s numerous universities and education institutions, Leeds has a talent pool almost unrivalled in the UK. Between 2010 and 2014, the cluster experienced the highest salary growth in the UK, at 29%, as well as turnover growth of 47% in the same period.
According to Leeds Data City, there are over 3,500 digital organisations in the area, with specialisms including digital marketing and advertising, and e-commerce. Leeds has over 2,000 data scientists and is home to the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA). It has clear expertise in healthcare in the NHS spine project and HSCIC.
It is also home to the Northern Internet Exchange, IX Leeds, which makes Leeds the only internet independent city in the UK outside London.
Last year, Google opened its first ever Digital Garage in Leeds, supporting over 3,000 businesses in seven months.
Leeds was also among three cities to share £11m in government funding to develop technology hubs.
The cluster’s leading businesses include Rockstar Leeds, which worked on the 54 million copy selling Grand Theft Auto V, and Sky Bet, which employs over 700 people.