The Data Shed
Hilary Benn MP opening The Data Shed's office extension on the back of increased staff numbers.
Rebecca Wayman

Leeds tech firm celebrates huge staff growth and new office opening

Leeds-based data services company, The Data Shed has expanded its offices to accommodate its growing numbers of staff.

Reportedly rapid growth, in the last three years, has seen staff numbers increase from six to a projected 46 by the end of 2019. The Data Shed has now taken another floor of Mabgate Mills to accommodate the expansion in staff numbers.

Set up in 2014 by CEO Anna Sutton and CTO Ed Thewlis, the firm provides data consultancy services to local and international clients. This month also sees the launch of new product, The Data Refinery - the company’s first self-service single customer view.

Commenting on the growth, Anna said: “We’re really pleased to be working with a number of great clients, offering bespoke data consultancy and products.

“We’re even more pleased to be able to employ so many talented people and becoming a fast-growing part of the Leeds tech sector.

“This year, we took on our first two graduates from the Northcoders coding academy, offering them their first jobs in tech. We’re looking forward to bringing in more new talent as we continue to grow.”

Clients include Yorkshire companies such as Loans at Home and Hermes, as well as national and international brands such as the Tate Gallery, Friends of the Earth, and Australian airline, Qantas.

Leeds Central MP Hilary Benn was invited along to cut the opening ribbon for the new office.

He added: “I was delighted to be invited to open The Data Shed’s new offices. The tech sector is a really important and growing part of the Leeds economy, offering well-paid jobs to tens of thousands of people.

“Tech jobs can also provide a route into employment for young people from all parts of Leeds and I hope we continue to see growth of companies such as The Data Shed. I congratulate Anna and Ed on their success.”

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