Sky Betting & Gaming doubles its tech space in Leeds

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Sky Betting & Gaming has doubled the floor space given over to its technology departments in Leeds at the same time as it has reorganised its 150-strong tech contingent into 15 autonomous squads.

The new teams are spread over two floors of the new company HQ and are each located in zones which are designed to minimise workspace disruption and give the digital team the resources required to focus on in-depth problem solving.

Sky B&G is a leading tech employer in Leeds and provided one in every 100 digital jobs within the city last year. Research conducted by Oxford Economics last year indicated Sky Betting & Gaming employees are five times as productive as an average employee in Yorkshire.

A whole floor of the new offices is dedicated to customer operations, trading and social teams, with new training facilities and a customer interview suite that broadcasts live end-user feedback to product teams.

Paul McCormick, head of technology in the Bet Tribe, said the new offices and the new organisational plan marked a “step-change” in terms of the company’s growth ambitions.

“It’s been important to have a purpose-built space to grow the business, improve efficiency, improve retention and explore innovation, designed for everyone,” he added.

“The bet floor is a concept for teams whose day-to-day work isn’t task or process driven and is tailored in an open plan way. This motivates our people who creative problem solve, giving them autonomy, a sense of ownership and an environment to complement the strides we’ve made in developing efficient working practices.”