Hermes is opening a new office in Leeds in a bid to attract top technology staff.

The company is also recruiting 50 new technology specialists, including senior developers and UX (user experience) experts, as part of its drive to develop innovative delivery services.

The new 6,500sq ft office, dubbed the Tech Hub, is located at No 1 Whitehall Riverside in Leeds’ technology district and will house the firm’s Innovation Lab which was set up in 2016 to develop new forward-thinking services.

The 50 new recruits, which will include developers, testers and product owners, will be joined by a further 20 colleagues who will relocate from the company’s headquarters in Morley. The office will also house the firm’s Innovation Lab staff, who have been working from a separate office space in Leeds.

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The Tech Hub includes meeting rooms, a private roof terrace overlooking the canal, as well as adequate space to host external events, workshops and hackathons.

Chris Ashworth, CIO at Hermes, will split his time between the new office and his existing location. He said: “We are very excited to be opening our new Tech Hub in the city centre of Leeds, which is quickly growing into the UK’s leading technology centre outside of London.

“At a time of economic uncertainty, we are committed to further investing in our future, and this vibrant office will play a key role in that. It provides us with the perfect opportunity to attract the very best talent from across the north of England, who will each be given the freedom to make a real impact on our evolving business.”