Evidence of the North’s reputation as a hotbed of digital opportunity continues to grow: from increased investment, to the number of rising stars in the region. Early 2019 saw Manchester alone outstrip European counterparts like Amsterdam, with five unicorns and ten accelerators under its belt - and the tide shows no sign of ebbing.
This expanding digital horizon is driven by demand and, with many established companies in the area facing the latest wave of disruption, the need for proven and experienced tech skills continues to increase.
One of Europe’s fastest growing tech companies, AND Digital, is answering the call by expanding its offering with a brand new office - known as a ‘club’ - in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Already well-established in London and across the North of England with flourishing clubs in Manchester and Leeds, the move marks an increased ability to help companies in the region accelerate their digital capabilities, invest in both their tech and their people, and deliver solutions that unlock value and delight their users.
AND’s presence within the region strengthens West Yorkshire’s reputation as a growing tech hub. Currently 400-strong and scaling fast, AND has an impressive client portfolio that includes British Airways, Condé Nast and Whitbread. The company is also ranked third in The Sunday Times 75 Best Companies to Work For in the North West and 15th nationally in the equivalent 100 Best Companies listing - testament to AND Digital’s reputation as an employer of choice, proactively investing in its people and the wider tech community.
Andrew Wright, Chair of Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Business, Innovations and Growth Panel said: “It’s great to welcome AND Digital to Halifax’s architecturally unique Cultural Quarter, and I’m delighted the LEP Trade and Investment team supported the process. The quality and number of jobs its creating demonstrates a real commitment to our region. I look forward to seeing it grow through its innovative work with Covéa Insurance, which is also increasing its presence in Halifax, and other leading brands. It’s a time of dynamism for our digital sector, which is experiencing significant growth - employing 102,000 people and contributing £6.5 billion to the economy.”
AND Digital’s latest club will open its doors right in the heart of Halifax’s Cultural Quarter. Close to the Piece Hall and the Square Chapel Arts Centre, the Club will be one of the first businesses to make their home at Leeds Beckett University’s Piece Mill conversion, now the University Business Centre, designed to support business growth.
Calderdale Council’s Director for Regeneration and Strategy, Mark Thompson, said: “Halifax is fast becoming one of the key locations for business growth in the north, and it’s great news that AND Digital has chosen the town’s University Business Centre as the location for their expansion. The move will also create varied job opportunities to enable growth in our digital sector and complements our Vision 2024 aspiration for Calderdale to be a place where talent and enterprise can thrive.”
The latest club also brings new employment opportunities to the region, with AND actively recruiting across the full spectrum of digital roles - from UX designers, platform developers and full stack engineers to product analysts and Scrum masters.
Paramjit Uppal, Founder of AND Digital, commented on the opportunities ahead: “We’re looking forward to playing our part in helping grow the digital economy across the North, and West Yorkshire in particular. AND was built to accelerate the digital capabilities of ambitious organisations, and we’ve done this with a variety of businesses already, including Covéa Insurance, TalkTalk and Matalan. We see a fantastic opportunity to help organisations in West Yorkshire build both remarkable digital products and discover the talent they need for themselves. I’m delighted that we’ll be adding over 100 tech and digital jobs in 2019 across West Yorkshire - from graduates looking for their very first roles in technology, to experienced practitioners.”
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ABOUT AND DIGITAL
AND Digital accelerates the development of world-class digital capabilities. The go-to digital enablement partner for global organisations including BA, Diageo, Whitbread, Taylor & Francis and the Telegraph Group, AND Digital empowers organisations with the ability to build digital products AND grow their internal capability along the way. To achieve this, the company blends technical craft and digital product expertise with an award-winning learning and development ethos.
Ranked 15th nationally and 3rd in the North of England in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies, AND Digital is also rated as one of The Next Web’s Top 5 fastest growing UK tech companies. AND Digital operates through an innovative series of nimble, Agile ‘Clubs’ across the UK in London, Leeds, Manchester and Halifax - offering a flexible and highly responsive service to clients. For more information, please visit: www.and.digital
About Leeds Beckett University
- Leeds Beckett University is ranked among the 10 most successful universities in the UK for widening participation and ensuring higher education is accessible to people from all backgrounds.
- Leeds Beckett University has University Business Centres in Leeds, Halifax and Wakefield and is directly supporting over 250 new and growing businesses to generate jobs, wealth and growth in the local economy.
- The university contributes an estimated £520m to the economy each year.
- Leeds Beckett is a key player in the northern powerhouse region, with more than 2,200 staff and 24,000 students.
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