THE RECOVERY of the Leeds employment market following the recession has been boosted by multinational electronics giant Samsung.
Bosses at the company yesterday confirmed the creation of more than 350 new jobs with the opening of a customer call centre on Clay Pit Lane.
They said they had been attracted to Leeds because of its reputation as a “vibrant city” that offered potential for the recruitment of good-quality staff.
Samsung’s new base at Clay Pit Lane has been live since the middle of May and all of the 358 jobs created by its launch have now been filled.
The roles are predominantly full-time and cover technical support, customer support, e-mail response and social media.
Details of Samsung’s investment in Leeds were revealed at a business conference that took place in Glasgow yesterday.
Attended by Prime Minister David Cameron, the event was held as part of the build-up to the start of the Commonwealth Games. Samsung’s call centre is the latest in a series of new business additions to the flourishing area around Leeds’s First Direct Arena, which also stands on Clay Pit Lane.
Previously-announced projects for the city’s so-called ‘arena quarter’ include a 10-storey serviced apartment block on Merrion Way and a revamp of the Merrion shopping centre. Work is also under way on a Hilton Leeds Arena hotel at Portland Crescent, next to Leeds Metropolitan University’s Rose Bowl building. The £34m hotel will boast around 200 bedrooms across 14 floors.
Stand-out features include what bosses say will be a “signature” sky-bar offering stunning views of the Leeds City Council-backed arena.
Due to open in autumn 2015, the hotel will be owned by Wakefield-based developer GB Group but run under the Hilton brand by management specialists Redefine BDL.