Electronics giant re-opens HQ after multimillion-pound redevelopment

Rob Rospedzihowski, Farnell president sales EMEA, Tracy Brabin, West Yorkshire Mayor, and Chris Breslin, Farnell global president

Global electronic components distributor  Farnell has reopened its global head office in Leeds after completing a £6m revamp.

Around 500 staff have returned to the Canal Road premises in Armley.

West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin, Cllr James Lewis, leader of Leeds City Council, Leeds City Council CEO Tom Riordan and Maxine Smeaton, CEO of Farnell’s longstanding charity partner Epilepsy Research UK, declared the site open.

Chris Breslin, Farnell global president, said: “This is a proud day in Farnell’s 84 year history in the Leeds area. The Canal Road refit has seen the business make a multi-million pound investment to bring all of our head office colleagues into a space that we can all be proud of.

“After what has been a monumental makeover we have brought Canal Road back to life to become a workplace which is transformative, modern and meets our new ways of working, while showcasing Farnell as a global industry leader and a great place to work.”