Expansion for Leeds's financial services with opening of new office

LEEDS' financial services sector has celebrated claiming another scalp, with the official opening of Equifax's new offices at 6 Wellington Place.

Monday, 23rd May 2016, 1:12 pm
Updated Monday, 23rd May 2016, 2:13 pm
Richard Smith from Equifax and Tom Riordan.

The US-based consumer credit scoring multinational has moved its entire Bradford operation nine miles east to the brand-new development, which it intends to use as a springboard for further growth.

Speaking at the official opening ceremony, Tom Riordan, chief executive of Leeds City Council, welcomed the transfer of 200 more employees to the city.

“This is really important for the expansion of the business district in Leeds because it’s bringing really good-quality jobs,” he said.

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“We’ve got big ambitions to be the UK data city, and we’ve already got Callcredit and now Equifax. There’s also TPP and EMIS, both big healthcare technology firms, so we’ve made a fantastic start on this. This is really good news for Leeds.”

Built by MEPC, the five-storey building at 6 Wellington Place was the first speculative grade-A office block to have been constructed in Leeds for more than six years and further develops the brownfield wedge of land west of the railway station and north of the river that is already home to Sky Betting and Gaming.