Boyfriend and girlfriend team Laura Wellington and James Abbott-Donnelly are founders of Duke Studios, a collaborative creative space in the centre of Leeds.

Laura is a designer maker and James is a photographer who struggled to find an affordable studio in Leeds once they had completed their degrees.

Duke Studios includes co-working, desk rental, meeting rooms, laser cutting, photography studio and workshop all in one! All the design, building and renovation work has been completed by the couple themselves and though it’s been painstaking, the results have certainly paid off – the building is full and Duke Studios has a huge online following.

For us these guys represent one of the superstar teams in Leeds; determined to stay here they brought something new to the city rather than flee to find what they needed elsewhere. True entrepreneurs and true passion – that’s why they’re our number 1 choice!