Booming digital sector fuels growth at Platform Tech Hub

Bruntwood SciTech welcomed 18 new fast-growth tech and digital businesses to Platform, in Leeds, during the final quarter of 2021.

And a further seven Platform-based companies expanded as a result of recent growth.

Platform is home to a dedicated Tech Hub, where new and early stage digital tech start-ups can co-locate alongside large tech companies.

Among those joining the community at Platform are music AI platform Musiio, new fintech powered business bank Recognise Bank, VSaaS Smart Cloud Video Surveillance company Morphean, and independent provider of managed IT services Hyperslice.

These firms are joining an established ecosystem of more than 80 digital and tech businesses such as app developers xDesign, digital transformation experts FluidIT and People Movement Analytics Specialists Citi Logik, all of which have recently expanded following sustained periods of growth.

Deb Hetherington, head of innovation at Bruntwood SciTech, said: “Innovative tech and digital businesses thrive from proximity to one another, which makes the growth of Platform’s ecosystem an exciting development for the city’s tech community.

“It is the ideal base for companies looking to accelerate their growth, something which is evident by the number of companies based there that have expanded over the past year.”

As Singapore’s first VC funded Deep Tech AI music company, Musiio explains it decided to open its first UK office in Leeds because of the region’s tech-talent pool, with five job openings currently listed.

Hazel Savage, CEO at Musiio, said: “Platform is a tight knit but incredibly welcoming community, who are all willing to network and share ideas and resources.

“I love being immersed in the Tech culture which is forward thinking, kind hearted and innovative.”

Matt Ward, head of client services at xDesign, said: “Platform has been the ideal base to drive xDesign’s success and growth in Leeds and the North of England.

“Not only does the Tech Hub give us the chance to interact with like-minded, innovative businesses on a daily basis, it provides us with the perfect space to nurture the people we’ve brought on board since arriving here, while we continue working towards our goal of creating 100 jobs in the North of England by 2023.”

James Meigh, regional director, North, for Recognise Bank, added: “Platform is perfect for our new regional office because it puts us at the heart of a vibrant business community with like-minded companies, while also providing the ideal base to serve our growing customer-base in the North.”