Duke Studios expands to Sheaf Street

Duke Studios (L-R) Rosanna Martlew, Clint Sheldon, Laura Wellington and James Abbott-Donnelly
Duke Studios (L-R) Rosanna Martlew, Clint Sheldon, Laura Wellington and James Abbott-Donnelly
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Duke Studios is opening its second offices after leasing a 10,000 sq ft building on Sheaf Street.

Duke Studios was launched in 2011 by Laura Wellington and James Abbott-Donnelly. Located in Leeds’ Munro House, the 6,500 sq ft space is home to 45 companies with turnover of £1.75m.

It offers co-working space, desk rentals, meeting room hire and support services, such as access to photography studios, vinyl and laser cutting facilities, and has seen 45 per cent growth year-on-year.

Its second premises, Duke Studios 2, will also include events space, private and semi-private workspace and capacity to host larger companies.

Ms Wellington said: “Duke 2 will be a grow-on space for Duke 1. The companies in there have been growing like wildfire.

“We want it to be diverse, exciting, creative, with companies of different types, in different fields and across different sectors. We’ll be offering conferencing facilities in an event space, and hopefully some cultural things too, with a really high level of creative output.

“It’s not just about putting Duke on the map, but about putting Leeds on the map as well.”

Duke Studios has leased the Sheaf Street property from King & Co.

King & Co said: “There is a wealth of entrepreneurial talent that needs to be retained if Leeds is going to remain competitive. Pioneering companies like Duke Studios that are passionate about the service they offer and in touch with the requirements of this growing industry need to be supported.

“Sheaf Street is a rewarding project on an number of levels and Duke Studios have been a great partner. We wish to continue our investment in the city by bringing forward other imaginative projects and are actively seeking new opportunities.”

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