The Oakland Group, a Leeds-based data consultancy, has announced record growth with its order book growing by 60% in the last 12 months.

The company supports a wide range of companies, from media organisations to utilities and the construction sector, by helping them integrate, understand, and derive value from their data.

The consultancy has grown from 20 to 40 people in the last 12 months and will recruit a further 40 people over the coming year.

Commenting on the expansion, Richard Corderoy, managing director said: “Companies of all sizes are looking for data and technology to help them realise growth and cost efficiencies. It is driving our rapid expansion, and we have ambitious plans to position The Oakland Group as a national centre of data excellence.

“Leeds is establishing itself as a hotspot for data talent with internationally renowned companies spanning the automotive sector, sports data, financial services and gaming. We are excited to be part of this growing community by supporting young people to develop their data skills and expertise with training and work experience.”

The Oakland Group is awaiting B Corp accreditation, an international standard for managing social and environmental impact. In addition, it has committed to maintaining standards of corporate philanthropy and has donated over £20,000 to local charities in the last year.

The company supports a wide variety of clients from VC backed start-ups such as the real estate risk management platform, Income Analytics, to data innovators like Blenheim Palace. It has also undertaken large enterprise projects for Network Rail, Yorkshire Water, and Vodafone.
Richard Corderoy concluded: “The data industry is moving away from discussions about AI and big data to delivering solutions that are driving digital transformation and creating more efficient and productive businesses across the UK.

“We teamed up with the University of Warwick to launch a report into the benefits of using predictive analytics in the construction industry. It showed the better use of data in infrastructure project delivery could save the sector £23bn a year.”

The Oakland Group was recognised in the Best Companies to work for as one of the top 30 companies in its sector in the UK. It has appointed Jane Dennis as its head of wellbeing and is committed to flexible and hybrid working along with investment in wellness that ranges from menopause training to yoga sessions.