Posted on October 12, 2016 by staff

Excitement builds for Leeds Digital Job Fair 2.0

Excitement builds for Leeds Digital Job Fair 2.0

(From left to right): Andrew Cooper, Chief Executive, Leeds BID; Cllr Mohammed Rafique, Executive Member for Employment, Enterprise and Opportunity, Leeds City Council; Amy De-Balsi, Founder, Herd; Richard Gregory, Director, Tech North; Ben Williams, Gene
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(From left to right): Andrew Cooper, Chief Executive, Leeds BID; Cllr Mohammed Rafique, Executive Member for Employment, Enterprise and Opportunity, Leeds City Council; Amy De-Balsi, Founder, Herd; Richard Gregory, Director, Tech North; Ben Williams, Gene

Leeds Digital Job Fair 2.0 will have close to 50 exhibitors showcasing a vast array of exciting digital and tech career opportunities.

Lhasa Limited, Sky, Sky Betting & Gaming, Callcredit and Google are among the major companies returning to the First Direct Arena on Thursday 20th October following the success of the inaugural event in February.

They will be joined by a significant number of other established employers making their first appearance at what is already regarded as one of the country’s premier digital and tech recruitment forums.

The event is again being organised by Amy De-Balsi, the founder of online jobs board Herd, with support from LeedsBID, Leeds City Council, Leeds Beckett University and the First Direct Arena.

De-Balsi said Leeds Digital Job Fair 2.0 was on course to “raise the bar” in a city that has been described as a “magnet” for tech talent.

Amy De-BalsiHerd
Amy De-Balsi

“We had 1,300 attendees and 35 digital and tech companies in February.  I would expect around 2,000 people through the doors of the First Direct Arena next week with almost 50 exhibitors now on board,” she said.

“The first Leeds Digital Job Fair was put together from scratch and, by common consent, set an incredibly high standard for future events. 

“But I believe we will raise the bar this time as we continue on the crusade to fill the digital and tech vacancies constantly being created in the Leeds city region.”

She urged graduates and tech professionals to sign up for free-to-attend event, adding: “There are some wonderful career opportunities available and I would encourage anyone seeking a new challenge to register online without delay. 

“It could prove to be a life-changing decision.” 

One of the firms making their debut at the event is Pitchero, the Leeds-based sports website platform.

Jon MilsomPitchero
Jon Milsom

Jon Milsom, Pitchero’s co-founder and chief technology officer, said: “As the biggest online sports network in the UK, we are constantly looking for ways in which we can grow and improve our business and we see our amazing team as key to that. 

“We are currently looking to expand our teams across three core areas – development, marketing and customer success – and we see the Digital Job Fair as a great way to meet some potentially awesome candidates.

“We have big plans for growth both nationally and internationally so we’re hoping to meet some potential future team members who will be able to contribute to our ongoing success.”

John Lettice, software development manager at Lhasa Limited, said: “Lhasa Limited is attending the Leeds Digital Job Fair 2.0 with the aim of increasing the recognition of Lhasa as an excellent place to work.

“After a rewarding visit in February, which resulted in over 100 enquiries from skilled candidates, we wish to recreate this success again.

“We are thrilled to be exhibiting alongside such well-known businesses, and hope to attract top talent to join our ever-growing team.”

The event will take place from noon until 4pm.