Three pronged expansion in media centre

Three companies based at the Round Foundry Media Centre in Leeds have expanded into larger office space following a period of sustained growth.

Digital Minds, a specialist digital recruitment agency which formed in 2009, has doubled its office space in just two years and recently taken over a 500 sq ft office.

It is the company’s second expansion in the centre since relocating from West One, Wellington Street in 2010.

The business, which also has an office in London to service the 60% of its clients which are based in the capital, now plans to double its team by the end of 2013.

Meanwhile technology company Publish Interactive, which provides digital publishing software for market research publishers, has taken on five new members of staff this year and knocked through into a third office space in the Media Centre to accommodate its growth.

The business moved into the Media Centre in 2009, and has since quadrupled its staff, won a host of industry accolades and a raft of international clients, and increased revenue by 499%.

Finally behavioural research consultancy SimpleUsability, which moved to the Media Centre in 2007, has doubled its office space in just five years, and is now occupying a 1,714 sq ft unit.

It has grown its staff from two to 14 in the same period, following a number of new business wins.

The company invested £100,000 in its facilities earlier this year which added a new office, a new observation room and a second laboratory, trebling the company’s capacity for fresh projects.

Current clients include Asda, Jet2, and clothing brand Republic. Tim Dodkin, development manager with the Leeds City Region and North Yorkshire team at the Homes and Communities Agency, lease-holders of the Round Foundry Media Centre, said: “The Media Centre has fulfilled our ambition to become a nucleus for new and burgeoning creative companies, many of which are seeing tangible results in terms of physical expansion into new office space and creation of jobs. These are just three examples of the many start-up companies that are on a growth trajectory in the centre and whose expansion we can facilitate seamlessly, allowing them to continue to focus on driving their business forward.”