£2m tech hub is Platform for digital success in Leeds

An image of how the new Platform building in Leeds will look.

An image of how the new Platform building in Leeds will look.

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A new tech hub is set to give an added boost to the already thriving digital sector in Leeds.

Leeds City Council today announced that property developer Bruntwood has been handed £2m from a fund launched to support local digital and tech projects.

Bruntwood will use the money to create the tech hub at Platform, its redevelopment of City House above Leeds train station.

The hub will provide digital businesses with access to hundreds of desks in co-working, small office, meeting area and event space environments.

East Street Arts, GameMakers and Leeds Open Data Institute were the other successful bidders for the council fund’s first round of grants.

They have collectively received nearly £700,000 for schemes with aims including the provision of improved support for computer game start-ups and the promotion of Leeds as an attractive location for creative digital work.

Coun James Lewis, the council’s executive member for resources and strategy, said: “It was no surprise that the bids we received for funding from our Tech Hub fund to help 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.”

Coun Lewis added: “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.”

The council was handed a total of £3.7m by the Government last year to establish the fund.

Details of schemes receiving slices of the £1m that remains in the fund are due to be announced at a later date.

Meanwhile, this year’s Leeds Digital Festival starts tomorrow and runs until next Saturday, April 29.

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