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New 'Tech Hub' to be created at Platform, above Leeds Station

Platform is one of four projects supporting the growth of businesses in the Leeds digital sector to have been awarded a share of nearly £2.7m of funding.

Bruntwood's new £2m Tech Hub, in a new flagship building located at Leeds Station, will offer a modern state-of-the-art central resource which digital projects across from the city can utilise and feed in to.

Platform, Tech Hub at Leeds Station

Platform will provide new and existing digital businesses with access to 410 desks, in a variety of flexible workspaces combing hot desking, co-working and small studio environments; as well as event and meeting spaces and an independent café bar, all backed up with help to grow and find finance for tech companies.

Open plan workspace

The announcement of the four projects follows the launch of a Leeds Tech Hub Fund last year, which was introduced as a catalyst for growth and expansion in the city's fast growing digital sector.

An application process offered businesses the chance to bid for grant support form the fund and projects put forward by Bruntwood, East Street Arts, Leeds Open Data Institute and GameMakers have been recommended for approval in the first round.

A further £1m remains in the fund and will support some of the other bids received in this application round. Further details will be announced later.

Home to around 3,500 digital and tech companies with an estimated workforce of 45,000 which makes up approximately 10% of all the jobs in the city, the Leeds digital economy is continuing to move from strength-to-strength.

Currently home to global companies such as Asda, Sky's national technology centre of expertise, NHS and key digital infrastructure including IXL Leeds, the city has developed an expertise in a range of areas from financial technology, telecommunications and data storage, to in-company tech, digital media and computer games.

It was no surprise that the bids we received for funding from our Tech Hub fund to help and support a variety of innovative new projects in the city were of such a high standard given the exceptional quality of our ever growing digital sector.

While it was therefore a very difficult decision, I am delighted to announce that we are now in a position to announce that four bids by Bruntwood, East Street Arts, Leeds Open Data Institute and GameMakers were successful. In allocating nearly £2.7m in total from our fund, this will be used to support the launch of these projects and many different aspects of the digital sector by providing more facilities and the right environment for new and existing businesses to build and prosper.

Cllr James Lewis, Leeds City Council's executive member for resources and strategy

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