Flutter Entertainment has lauded the grand opening of a “new landmark development,” after the gambling group’s £15m Leeds-based technology and innovation hub began welcoming employees.
The location is designed to act as a centre of excellence in tech and innovation for Flutter brands operating in the UK and Ireland, as well as helping to drive innovation across the group through the development of “industry-leading digital products” for global consumers.
The space, set across 136,000 square feet, will house 1,700 colleagues, 800 of which will wot across key functions such as its global sports trading platform, digital infrastructure, platform services, and information security.
Conor Grant, CEO of Flutter Entertainment UK and Ireland, commented on the opening: “Our new office in Leeds is our vision for the future of working and we are excited to welcome our colleagues to this modern, agile and flexible workspace.
“The entire Flutter Group has benefited greatly from the leading technology capabilities we have developed in Leeds through our talented and highly skilled workforce, and this investment demonstrates our ongoing commitment to both the city and our colleagues.
“We will also continue to be a positive force in the communities we serve, with our skills academy and kickstart scheme offering exciting opportunities for young people to develop their skills.”
Furthermore, the hub will also continue to house Sky Betting and Gaming’s ‘Skills Academy,’ which offers selected graduates a fully funded MSc in digital and technology solutions from Sheffield Hallam University, while they gain in-house experience working with teams across the business.
In a bid to better represent the communities it operates in, SBG has also launched a self-funded version of the government’s Kickstart scheme, creating 13 new roles for young people at risk of long-term unemployment. These are spread across business areas and functions including marketing, finance, people, tech and design.