Digital capital of the North

Referred to as the “digital capital of the north”, due to its tech sector’s worth of £1billion; there are plenty of opportunities to carve out your digital marketing career here.

In fact, it’s never been a better time to move to Leeds. With large companies such as Channel 4 and HMRC moving their offices here, and the ever-growing skyline due to new flats being built all the time; Leeds is about to get a whole lot more exciting.

Leeds city centre

Working in Leeds

From big brands to innovative agencies, the opportunity to forge a digital career in Leeds is huge – no matter whether your passion lies in SEO, content, PR, social media, PPC, or any other strand of digital marketing.

To get you started, here are our top 10 agencies in Leeds that can offer you fantastic career progression, 
the opportunity to work with some cool clients, and the chance to work with some of the best digital experts 
in the city!

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After graduating, I decided to apply for content roles in Leeds, partly due to the city being great for digital. I’m enjoying my time at Edit and feel like I’m quickly developing, despite not necessarily having a background in digital marketing. There’s always so much going on in the industry so my advice would be to just get involved as much as possible and the experience will come.

Alex Nayler, Edit

Finding ‘the’ job after graduating from university is tough. For graduates looking to get their first job in the industry, my advice would be to take your time, allow yourself time each day to search for jobs, and then begin the process of applying for them. This balance will help you keep on top of your applications, categorising them in order of preference, and if you have feedback from them, or a second interview.

Laine Moore, Pedro Agency

I would advise anyone applying for a digital marketing role to remember you need to 'market' yourself. This could be breaking away from the traditional CV, or including projects you've worked on to showcase what you are capable of (university assignments can be really useful for this). Experience in digital marketing isn't easy to obtain - if you can get it, then great! If not, look for roles that cover desirable skills such as time management and building client relationships.

Chloe Bennett, Epiphany

My tip to anybody wanting to start a career in digital marketing would be to stay updated. You need to keep on top of industry news by following major digital marketing sites and influential people on social media. As major players such as Google, Facebook, Bing, Twitter and Instagram regularly tweak their paid advertising platforms and algorithms, these are some recommendations of sites to get started with.

Ola Akinlade, Epiphany

I originally found the role at Stickyeyes following their top spot on the Prolific North “Best Top North 50 Digital Agencies” to work for. My experience of working in an agency so far has been nothing but positive. I love the fast paced nature of working with a range of clients, across multiple industries at a fun, progressive agency. My advice to future graduates searching for a role would be to be patient, be proactive, ensure you are applying for jobs you are passionate about, and think about what separates you out from the rest.

Danny Porter, Stickyeyes

Working at Stickyeyes has been an extremely positive experience so far. Every day I develop my skills whilst working in a fun, vibrant and supportive environment. I have access to one-on-one training, and have regular performance reviews to ensure that I am happy in my role. My advice to graduates, is to look for an employer who is interested in you as an individual. You will progress more quickly, and will have a healthier work environment, much like the one that I have found here at Stickyeyes.

Madison Lowes, Stickyeyes

The best advice I can give to other recent graduates looking to secure their first role, is not to limit your search to the popular job sites – often agencies only advertise vacancies on their own website or social media pages. For my role here within design and development at Stickyeyes, I searched out the best digital agencies in the Yorkshire area and applied directly.

James Houghton, Stickyeyes

It’s hard to finish your degree and decide there and then what you want to do with the next 40-50 years of your life. Since graduating in 2018, deciding to work in an agency has been the best decision for me! Agency life is a busy life, but it gives you a wide variety of clients to work on, meaning you get to figure out what it is you really like doing the best. I’ve also found a really good support system here at Stickyeyes, we all look out for each other!

Sophie Barker, Stickyeyes

My advice for graduates taking their first steps in the industry are to build on any existing marketing experience in the initial stages, as this will weigh heavily in your favour throughout the recruitment process for graduate roles. Remain positive throughout your job hunt, as there will be knock backs and there’s a lot of competition. Search far and wide for your opportunities, make use of websites like Indeed and Glassdoor, as well as recruitment agencies. I personally found directly approaching digital marketing agencies through their websites to look for vacancies worked well.

Connor Griffiths, Enjoy Digital

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Living in Leeds

Leeds is catching up with Manchester and London as a cool, creative place to live – and the benefit is, it’s not as expensive. 

In fact, it’s 154% cheaper than London, and offers more value for money than Bristol, Brighton, Edinburgh and Cardiff.

Living Costs*


Average cost of a one bed flat (monthly rent)

£659.78 (city centre)
£494.67 (outside city centre)


Average monthly commuting costs

£56


Monthly gym membership

£26.14


Average cost of a meal at an inexpensive restaurant

£12.50


Average cost of a cappuccino

£2.52


Average cost of 0.5l beer

£3.50


*stats from Numbeo

Things to do in Leeds

Adel Dam Nature Reserve

Adel Dam Nature Reserve

Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 8AG

Aire Street darkroom

Aire Street Darkroom

20-34 Aire Street, Leeds, LS1 4HT

Donkey Sanctuary

Donkey Sanctuary

Swan Lane, Leeds, LS16 8AZ

Elland Road

Elland Road Football Stadium

Elland Road, Leeds, LS11 0ES

Harewood House

Harewood House

Harewood House, Leeds, LS17 9LE

Headrow House

19a The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 6PU

Kirkgate Market

Kirkgate Market

Vicar Lane, Leeds, LS2 7HY

Leeds Art Gallery

Leeds Art Gallery

The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AA

Leeds Urban Bike Park

Leeds Urban Bike Park

Ring Road, Beeston Park, Middleton, Leeds, LS10 3TN

Mrs Atha's

Mrs Atha’s

Central Road, Leeds, LS1 6DE

North Star Roast

North Star Coffee Roasters

33 Leeds Dock, The Blvd, Leeds, LS10 1PZ

Northern Ballet

Northern Ballet

Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7PA

The Maven

The Maven

1 Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 7DH

The Tetley

The Tetley

Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10 1JQ

The Turk's Head

The Turk’s Head

Whitlock’s Ale House, Turks Head Yard, Leeds, LS1 6HB

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