Digital and Information Economy
Our digital sector is growing at an unprecedented rate. From digital content and services, through to innovative solutions ready for the next generation of technology, we’re fast becoming the UK’s northern digital and information hub.
We’re used to that kind of growth and innovation, as the people of Yorkshire helped to drive the industrial revolution through our leadership in textiles, skilled engineering, steel manufacturing and through mining coal for the fuel to power it.
Our industry now finds its outlet through an exciting, modern, mixed and balanced economy. We are proud that we still manufacture in Leeds, but now in a digital world we are proud to be a driving force in areas of creative media, data analytics, cyber security, FinTech, health and education technologies.
We have recently been able to attract and provide a home to some of the best and most innovative businesses of the digital age. Channel 4 chose to move its national headquarters to Leeds, joining Sky and many others in our booming and exciting media, digital film, gaming and creative sector.
Leeds Digital Festival is in its 5th year, growing each year and now reaching an international audience the 2019 festival welcomed 240 events, 750 speakers and 25,000 attendees, making it the largest tech event in the UK. Despite the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 Leeds Digital Festival went virtual with 134 online events that welcomed 15,000 attendees from over 50 countries to discuss and celebrate digital culture and innovations that are happening in Leeds with delegates from across the globe. As a result of the success of its April event, Leeds Digital Festival returned in September with a series of virtual sessions and round tables covering topics such as robotics and AI, cyber security and digital health.
All of this and more is why Leeds is the fastest growing digital economy outside London.