Data City aims to create the new global standard in industrial data and mapping the emerging economy.

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About Data City

The Data City is a tech company up that creates the best lists of companies in the UK’s emerging economy. Our industrial classification system for the new economy allows policy makers, economists, investors and analysts to understand the emerging economy and markets in real time.

They are working to replace SIC codes as the foundation of industrial data in the UK.


Co-founders Tom, Alex and Paul have been building the Data City for years, often without realising it. Paul runs ODI Leeds, a pioneer node of the Open Data Institute founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and AI expert Sir Nigel Shadbolt. Tom is Head of Data at ODI Leeds, the lead programmer behind some hugely popular apps, and a frequent writer and commentator on industrial strategy in the UK. Alex is still heavily involved in the burgeoning Leeds digital agency scene having moved on from his role as owner of respected digital agency Bloom.