High hopes for Leeds creative agency after switched-on deal

Behrooz Saeed and Guy Utley.
Behrooz Saeed and Guy Utley.
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Creative agency Tall has acquired Huddersfield-based digital agency 79, after an intensive period of collaboration between the two firms.

The acquisition takes the number of staff at Leeds-based Tall to eight, with the company looking to add more employees this year.

79’s office in Huddersfield will close as a result of the deal but there will be no job losses.

Guy Utley, creative director at Tall, said: “Creative thinking means technical solutions too, and with the specialist technological expertise that comes with 79, we are in a really strong position to deliver a complete user experience in-house.

“We know, from having worked together on recent projects, that we share the same values and work ethic and we’re over the moon that we now have such a breadth of capabilities and talent under one roof.”

79 was set up in 2004 by director Behrooz Saeed, who has made the move to Tall.

Its significant clients included Bathstore, Chiltern Railways and Stagecoach.

Leeds-based Tall has worked with a number of British and global sporting brands including England Rugby, FEI and Youth Sport Trust.

The Yorkshire Evening Post recently launched its Digital City platform in partnership with Sky Betting & Gaming.

The platform is designed to highlight the giant strides being made by a sector that boasts around 3,000 organisations in Leeds.

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