International firm sets sights on Leeds and Newcastle’s tech scenes

L-R Sam Wason and Gordon Kaye

International firm sets sights on Leeds and Newcastle’s tech scenes

Scottish IT recruitment specialist Cathcart Associates has announced the opening of a new office in Leeds, further expanding the company's foothold in the North of England.

The news follows the success of Cathcart’s Manchester office, which is predicting it will double headcount and increase turnover by 100% over the next three years, taking revenue to over £4m.

Cathcart is keen to develop an active role in the burgeoning technology scene in Leeds, the rest of Yorkshire and the North East. 

Since opening the Manchester office, the company has demonstrated that it contributes to the fabric of the digital communities it operates in, providing more than just a recruitment service. 

For example, MancML and ScotML are sell-out events in Manchester and Scotland hosted by Cathcart and AI specialists Octavia, bringing together the brightest minds in the fields of data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence, and offering tech companies an opportunity to meet and present ideas to like-minded businesses.  

MancML and ScotML have proved to be hugely popular additions to the Manchester and Scottish tech scenes, and registration is now open for the fifth MancML event, which takes place on the 22nd of February.

Cathcart now hopes to get involved in the fast-moving tech scene in Leeds and the North East and support the growth of the IT industry in what is already established as one of the tech capitals of the UK.

Sam Wason, director at Cathcart, says: “The reputation Leeds has as a tech hub is spreading rapidly, and people are flocking to the city to be a part of some of the most innovative and inspiring companies that have sprung up there. Cathcart Associates want to be in the middle of that and we’re excited to be doing our part to foster this growth with the opening of our new office.”

Last year the company, which has offices in Edinburgh, Thailand and Germany, saw its annual turnover reach £6.5m, continuing a trend of steady growth since its inception nine years ago.