You may be interested in this announcement by the Council:

Dear Colleagues,

You may have seen the exciting announcement on Friday that Google has chosen Leeds as the location for their new concept the ‘Digital Garage.’

Just to update you on the details of this project, it will be a six month pilot that will open in Leeds on 30th March.

It will provide a drop-in workspace and venue for workshops, including some aimed at improving the digital skills and capabilities of SME businesses across Leeds City Region. The focus is on normal businesses across all sectors who may not be maximising the commercial potential of the web. They want to roll this concept out in other cities, but Leeds will be the first.

It will also be available for community use. They will be running sessions for teachers to develop their skills and capabilities around running coding clubs, as well as providing coding clubs for young people.

We have been successful in getting them to launch the project in Leeds, not Manchester or Birmingham. This wouldn’t have happened without the work of Tom Bridges and his team in City Development to offer them a number of suitable options in the city. The collaborative working space will be based at Leeds Dock which is a boost to the revitalisation of the area and fits in with our plans for the wider regeneration of the South Bank.

This is huge boost for Leeds and testament to the strength of our digital sector and our ability to attract inward investment.

Google have launched a website dedicated to the digital garage which provides an overview of their vision and a calendar of their own events, with further information available in the near future.

Please feel free to spread the message to your communities. If you have any community groups that would be interested in using the space when it is up and running, around supporting small businesses and digital skills education, then they can contact Google direct by emailing Alex Nurnberg at