Largest office letting of the year

The company which has offices in four continents has taken a 10-year lease at No 1 Whitehall Riverside in what has been described as the largest office letting in Leeds so far this year.

The professional services provider that focuses on IT, will move in June to the fifth floor, of 17,159 sq ft and plans to recruit 1,000 graduates this year across its UK offices in London, Brighton, Glasgow and Leeds.

Sheila Flavell, chief operating officer at FDM, said: ´┐ŻNo 1 Whitehall Riverside is ideal for our needs. It is a high profile building with a lot of space, enabling FDM to expand the business in Leeds in order to continue servicing our very established and growing client base in the area.

""Moving to a bigger space means we will able to take on even more high-calibre graduates and ex-forces personnel and train them to become successful IT and business professionals.

""This move will also be an opportunity for FDM to work more closely with our university partners in the area and engage with students and graduates to join our fantastic graduate programme.

""Not only will we be tapping into a new pool of enthusiastic talent through our university partnerships, we will also be extending our reach within the ex-forces community and facilitating their transition to civilian life and the corporate world by placing them with our high-profile clients through our ex-forces programme.""

FDM works with local clients including Yorkshire Building Society, Asda, and The Co-operative Group and follows Handelsbanken, which has just moved in to its 8,300 sq ft office in No 1 Whitehall Riverside.