Fintech officially opens third UK office in Leeds

Photo of James Lewis cutting the ribbon at Global Shares
Councillor James Lewis cuts the ribbon watched by Darren Smith of Global Shares. (Photo: Jonathan Pow/

Fintech company Global Shares officially opened its new Leeds base in The Pinnacle building. It is the company’s third UK office after London and Bristol, and its 16th worldwide.

The company, headquartered in Co. Cork, Ireland, manages employee share plans for public and private companies all over the world. It was acquired by J.P. Morgan earlier this year.

The firm provides share plan administration services through its team of expert share plan analysts, financial, legal and compliance professionals. Its software platform allows employees to view, manage and sell the shares they own, online or through an app.

Global Shares HR director Stephen Tabb said, “Our decision to invest in Leeds is part of our continued growth strategy for the UK, and more widely the EMEA region, and allows us to provide even more local expertise and support to our growing client base.”


“The city has a thriving economy and impressive growth plans for the future, offering a highly educated and skilled workforce, a large talented pool of tech graduates, a vibrant quality of living and rich cultural heritage. It’s an attractive place to do business and we look forward to seeing our new Leeds base thrive.”

Leeds City Council leader James Lewis said, “JP Morgan’s investment in Leeds with the Global Shares office launch builds on our reputation as the leading UK financial services centre outside of London, with The Bank of England, The UK Infrastructure Bank and the Financial Conduct Authority all locating major operations and UK hubs in the city recently.

“Leeds has a strong heritage in financial services, and we continue to attract innovators shaping the future of the industry through our deep talent pool, strong universities and our thriving digital sector.”

Henri Murison, chief executive of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, said, “It’s fantastic to see a leading Foreign Direct Investor making a significant commitment to Leeds here in the Northern Powerhouse. This is a huge vote of confidence in our region, building on our existing strengths in financial services and further quality jobs for local people”.

“Leeds is in the middle of inward investment boom, with West Yorkshire recording 85% rise in the number of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) projects between 2012-2016 and 2017-2021 according to our recent report.”

The company is seeking to fill 60 high-skill, high-value roles over the next two years. The company is currently seeking applications for roles in Leeds including IT, product development, share plan administrators, onboarding analysts and many more.