Equifax, a global information solutions provider, welcomed Hilary Benn, MP for Leeds Central, to its Leeds office in Wellington Place recently. The visit was an opportunity for him to meet staff from across the Equifax team and learn more about the business, its growth plans, and investment in new technology.

Leeds has risen to become one of the key centres for financial services in the UK and Mr Benn is an active supporter of the city’s businesses. Mr Benn was provided a tour around the office, opened in May 2016. The office accommodates 200 staff responsible for business analytics, insights and services for clients across the UK, as well as central functions such as IT, human resources and finance. Since opening the office, the business has recruited 78 new staff and plans to expand further in early 2018.

Patricio Remon, President for Europe at Equifax Ltd., said: “Wellington Place is a fantastic location for our Leeds team and we’re very pleased to have welcomed Mr Benn to the office. Leeds is a major focus for our UK recruitment and expansion, demonstrated by the high level talent we’ve added to our workforce in recent months. As an ambassador for local businesses, it was a great opportunity to share our goals and culture with Mr Benn, and demonstrate our cutting-edge approach to data analytics and insights during the tour of our site.”

Hilary Benn, Member of Parliament for Leeds Central, said: “Leeds is the UK’s second largest centre for financial services and provides businesses with the opportunity to flourish in a growing hub of innovation with a highly skilled workforce. I am delighted to have visited the Equifax Leeds office, to learn more about the organisation’s growing presence in the region and the significant contribution it is making to the city’s ambitions to be the UK data city.”

Leeds is home to over 25,000 businesses, employing over 46,000 people in the financial and professional services sector. The city expects to see growth of 50% in these sectors by 2022.

Founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 1899, Equifax Inc. employs over 10,100 worldwide. It is a global information solutions company that uses unique data, innovative analytics, technology and industry expertise to power organisations and individuals around the world by transforming knowledge into insights that help make more informed decisions.

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