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Sky Betting & Gaming, the $1bn tech unicorn with offices at 2 and 6 Wellington Place, has been announced as a premier sponsor of Leeds Digital Festival 2017. The fast-growth digital business operates the largest UK sports book in the betting and gaming sector and will host around six events during the week of 24th - 28th April.

Coding for Beginners sessions will offer 50 return to work parents or career switchers a half-day of free programming tuition in Ruby, while investors, analysts and digital commentators will be invited to a behind the scenes look at the technology driving mobile trading during a major sporting event.

Work with careers advisors and free career workshops will help to raise awareness of the latest tech roles including nodejs, PHP, lean enterprise architecture, mobile digital design and Ux and an open house for the week will offer drop in tours that reveal the company’s agile way of working.

Lesley Walkinshaw, Software Engineering Test Manager, said; “Leeds attracts students and attracts graduates and the progression opportunities for every kind of digital career are limitless. 68% of students who lived in Leeds before university stayed in the city after graduation last year and Leeds Digital Festival gives a taste of what keeps home-grown talent from going elsewhere; the culture, green spaces, the salaries, the easy access to Europe and the capital, the lifestyle and opportunities for home ownership. The city is open to discover
and our doors are open this year to anyone who wants to experience life behind the scenes in a fast growth tech business during a week crammed with great music, night life, contacts and experiences.”

Stuart Clarke, Festival Director of the Leeds Digital Festival, said; "We are delighted that Sky Betting & Gaming are coming on board as one of the title sponsors for the 2017 Festival. As well as being one of Leeds' major employers in the digital sector, they are also actively involved in the digital community and encourage their staff to take part in many events through the year. Sky Betting & Gaming are one of the most innovative companies in Leeds and we're proud to work with them, building some great events for this year's festival".

Sky Betting & Gaming launched a new tech hub at number 6 Wellington Place just a few months ago, comprising two floors of squad rooms, training suites, a customer feedback room, an
in-house Sociable Folk café and even a roundabout, football pitch and mini putting green. The company is making space available to start ups or fledgling businesses seeking a central location for their own events for the duration of the festival.

Sky Betting & Gaming has achieved rapid growth in Leeds with revenues outpacing the market for the past five years. Headquartered in Leeds with a presence in Sheffield, London and Rome, the company now employs around 1000 people – 95% of them in Yorkshire. Sky Betting & Gaming announced a further investment of £500,000 in 20 early careers opportunities for graduates this year and is the UK’s fourth largest online bookmaker operating five major products – Sky Bet, Sky Vegas, Sky Casino, Sky Poker, and Sky Bingo. In March 2015 SB&G became an independent company following Sky’s sale of its majority share to CVC Capital Partners in a deal which valued the company at £800million.