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Conference Leeds
Welcome to the magnificent city of Leeds, a premier conferencing destination in the North of England!

As the official conference bureau for the city we are experts in conference planning and we can offer the additional support you need to execute an event of any size. From finding a venue and accommodation, through to preparing delegate welcome information, our team’s knowledge of Leeds will ensure your conference runs smoothly from start to finish.

• Leeds has an unrivalled concentration of experts in health innovation, digital and data technologies, financial and professional services and advanced manufacturing.
• The city boasts an exciting venue portfolio for up to 12,000 delegates. From world-class academic Universities, historic civic venues such as Leeds Town Hall and unique cultural attractions such as the Royal Armouries Museum.
• Centrally located in the heart of the UK, the city is attractive to both national and international delegates. Leeds is only a two-hour train journey from London or one hour by air. Leeds Bradford Airport also offers excellent transport links with flights to over 75 international destinations.
• A bed stock of over 10,000, from international brand, boutique and budget accommodation there is something to suit every delegate.
• Leeds is a modern city with a rich industrial past. Compact and accessible you can walk everywhere and experience culture at its best.
• Delegates can unwind and continue networking in a vibrant city centre famous for an eclectic and fast growing independent food and drink scene.


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Charlotte Podlewska
The Leonardo Building 2 Rossington Street Leeds LS2 8HD
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ConferenceLeeds industry predictions for 2018

After another successful year for Leeds, with the city welcoming 27.29 million tourism visits in 2016, (STEAM 2017) and hosting a record number of international association meetings in 2016 (ICCA), ConferenceLeeds looks towards 2018 and the trends the conference market is likely to see over the next 12 months.

Head of ConferenceLeeds, Jennifer Young, commented:

“Quality

As always, quality will be front of mind for conference organisers, as well as for the delegates attending. With such a vast amount of choice on offer when it comes to venues and the services that they offer, it’s essential that high standards are maintained across all aspects of an event. This is reflected in the recent British Meetings and Events Industry Survey (BMEIS) 2017, with both quality of food and service amongst the top ten key influencing factors for venue and destination selection. Interestingly both of these factors were deemed more of a priority than the overall conference facilities themselves, so with this in mind it is important that conference venues ensure that their catering is exceptional. It is not only one of the largest expenses when putting on an event, but it also give delegates the time to discuss ideas and network – which is vital for the success of a conference.

“British food

Specifically on the topic of catering, it’s important for organisers to note that British is a key food trend across the board, not just in foodservice, and we’d expect this to continue as we draw closer to Brexit. Consumers, and therefore delegates, are more mindful of where their food comes from and more forthcoming in supporting British produce, and this should be considered when planning a conference.

It’s also important to create the right atmosphere with food, and one way to do this is to take inspiration from a conference’s location. Many of our venues in Leeds already do this through offering regional dishes or by using local ingredients.

“Location

With price, value for money and access all appearing within the top 10 factors in the BMEIS 2017 survey results, location as a whole is something that we’re expecting to see become more of a focus over the next 12 months. Transport links, affordability and again, the quality of what’s on offer need to be viewed as a whole package, so that organisers can see the overall benefit in bringing a conference to a specific destination, and the added value it provides. In Leeds, we’re fortunate to have excellent access to major airports and train links, as well as offer big city space which can be more affordable than other major locations.”

You can find information on the importance of catering for conferences here:

https://www.visitleeds.co.uk/conferences/importance-of-catering-for-conferences.aspx

You can also find out Yorkshire Recipe Book here: https://www.visitleeds.co.uk/conferences/the-yorkshire-recipe-book.aspx

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8th January 2018

Full steam ahead for Leeds’ visitor economy performance

ConferenceLeeds and VisitLeeds have announced that data from the recent STEAM survey, which measures the economic impact of the tourism industry in the UK, recorded that Leeds welcomed 27.29 million tourism visits in 2016, a 4.2% increase from 2015. These figures support the overall upward trend for visitor numbers which has shown a notable 9.7% increase between 2013 and 2016.

The current report measures data from 2015 to 2016 and during that period the city hosted major world class events such as the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Series in June where the Brownlee Brothers took Gold and Silver in front of their home crowd and Light Night a two evening arts and light festival in October which attracted record numbers. The visitor economy sector is also growing at an impressive rate with day visitors up by 4 % and overnight stays increasing by 5.4 %.

Leeds has also enjoyed and shared the success of the opening of Victoria Gate, which holds the accolade of Best Shopping Centre in the World in October 2016 the newest premium shopping destination, home to 17 new brands to Leeds and for many this is their first time out of London. The opening of Victoria Gate means that Leeds currently ranks as the 3rd best place to shop in the UK.

Leisure tourism visits were estimated to have generated £1.64 billion in 2016, a change of +15.9% compared to 2015. This means that the tourism industry plays a vital role in supporting more than 19,000 full time equivalent jobs which is an increase of 3.3% from 2015.

Business tourism also continues to thrive. Leeds climbed to be the 5th most popular conferencing destination in the UK and has recently celebrated success by improving its position in the International Convention and Congress Association (ICCA) rankings by 149 places, and is now in the top 10 cities in the UK, which sees Paris as the top destination in the world.

Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council said:

“We know Leeds is a welcoming city but these figures show the wider appeal to visitors coming for a leisure break or staying here on business. We have built up a fantastic reputation for hosting world class events that people come from far and wide to enjoy. Tourism like this has a significant impact on the Leeds economy, helping to create and sustain jobs for people who live here. And on the back of the recent Lonely Planet accolade which names Leeds as one of the top 10 cities to visit in 2017.”

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8th January 2018

ConferenceLeeds celebrates over £16million of venue investment across the city

ConferenceLeeds is celebrating a number of recent venue investments, which has seen a total of over £16 million going towards improving the city’s facilities. The investments include the introduction of a learning centre at Leeds Trinity University, a brand new, high-end spa at Rudding Park and significant bedroom refurbishments at the Holiday Inn Express.

Leeds’ conferencing venues have seen investment, enhancing the city’s appeal as a business destination. thestudio has undergone an expansion worth in excess of £170,000, which includes four new state-of-the-art event spaces, doubling its capacity and offering an alternative conferencing venue to a traditional hotel. The Malmaison Leeds has launched its new meetings and events space, Work + Play, offering four meeting rooms and two soundproof glass pods, giving delegates the flexibility to work individually or that can be combined to create a larger space. Horizon has also invested in the reconfiguration of their meeting and event space. They have maximised the potential occupancy by adding in a retractable wall to the main plenary room which now provides two kitted out conference rooms with the latest AV technology.

Leeds’ academic venues also continue to develop and thrive. Leeds Trinity University has invested £5.7million in a new learning centre; a building that offers first class and modern facilities ideal for not only teaching and learning, but also conferencing. Leeds College of Music has revamped its main performance space, The Venue, by adding a striking rooftop extension right in the heart of Leeds’ cultural quarter, offering increased capacity for more break-out facilities and catering provision.

Alongside this, further venues that have benefitted are some of Leeds’ most popular delegate accommodation destinations. One of the most significant additions has been the launch of a new spa at Rudding Park. Costing £9.5million, the new Rudding Park Spa has been recognised as the Best New Spa in the UK by the Good Spa Guide 2017 and features the UK’s first genuine Roof Top Spa and Garden, offering an extensive range of thermotherapy and hydrotherapy experiences. The Holiday Inn Express has also invested £1 million into refurbishing its bedroom facilities, with works due to be completed in March of this year.

Jennifer Young, Head of ConferenceLeeds, commented:

“With Leeds as a top 10 UK conferencing city and the 2nd most popular in the North of England according the 2017 BMEIS report, it is extremely important that our venues offer the highest quality facilities. We aim to not only provide world-class conferencing venues, but to also provide exceptional accommodation and experiences to delegates, in order to make a conferencing visit to Leeds truly remarkable in every way.

“These are only a few examples of venue developments in Leeds, with constant innovation throughout the city all year round to ensure we have a competitive edge. There are only more exciting things to come, including new venues being added to our portfolio, such as a third Hilton hotel, set to open in 2019.”

For more information, visit www.conference-leeds.com, follow ConferenceLeeds on Twitter @conferenceleeds or call the team to discuss your conference requirements on 0113 378 1183.

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27th March 2018

ConferenceLeeds celebrates over £16million of venue investment across the city

ConferenceLeeds is celebrating a number of recent venue investments, which has seen a total of over £16 million going towards improving the city’s facilities. The investments include the introduction of a learning centre at Leeds Trinity University, a brand new, high-end spa at Rudding Park and significant bedroom refurbishments at the Holiday Inn Express.

Leeds’ conferencing venues have seen investment, enhancing the city’s appeal as a business destination. thestudio has undergone an expansion worth in excess of £170,000, which includes four new state-of-the-art event spaces, doubling its capacity and offering an alternative conferencing venue to a traditional hotel. The Malmaison Leeds has launched its new meetings and events space, Work + Play, offering four meeting rooms and two soundproof glass pods, giving delegates the flexibility to work individually or that can be combined to create a larger space. Horizon has also invested in the reconfiguration of their meeting and event space. They have maximised the potential occupancy by adding in a retractable wall to the main plenary room which now provides two kitted out conference rooms with the latest AV technology.

Leeds’ academic venues also continue to develop and thrive. Leeds Trinity University has invested £5.7million in a new learning centre; a building that offers first class and modern facilities ideal for not only teaching and learning, but also conferencing. Leeds College of Music has revamped its main performance space, The Venue, by adding a striking rooftop extension right in the heart of Leeds’ cultural quarter, offering increased capacity for more break-out facilities and catering provision.

Alongside this, further venues that have benefitted are some of Leeds’ most popular delegate accommodation destinations. One of the most significant additions has been the launch of a new spa at Rudding Park. Costing £9.5million, the new Rudding Park Spa has been recognised as the Best New Spa in the UK by the Good Spa Guide 2017 and features the UK’s first genuine Roof Top Spa and Garden, offering an extensive range of thermotherapy and hydrotherapy experiences. The Holiday Inn Express has also invested £1 million into refurbishing its bedroom facilities, with works due to be completed in March of this year.

Jennifer Young, Head of ConferenceLeeds, commented:

“With Leeds as a top 10 UK conferencing city and the 2nd most popular in the North of England according the 2017 BMEIS report, it is extremely important that our venues offer the highest quality facilities. We aim to not only provide world-class conferencing venues, but to also provide exceptional accommodation and experiences to delegates, in order to make a conferencing visit to Leeds truly remarkable in every way.

“These are only a few examples of venue developments in Leeds, with constant innovation throughout the city all year round to ensure we have a competitive edge. There are only more exciting things to come, including new venues being added to our portfolio, such as a third Hilton hotel, set to open in 2019.”

For more information, visit www.conference-leeds.com, follow ConferenceLeeds on Twitter @conferenceleeds or call the team to discuss your conference requirements on 0113 378 1183.

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3rd April 2018

ConferenceLeeds celebrates international conference win as healthcare society comes to the UK for the first time

ConferenceLeeds is delighted to announce that the city has been chosen to host the International Society for Knowledge for Surgeons on Arthroscopy and Arthroplasty (ISKSAA) signature event, the ISKSAA Global Summit, which for the first time in the conference’s 15-year history is being held outside of India. The event will see an estimated 500 delegates attend Cloth Hall Court between 21st – 22nd June 2018, with the aim of sharing knowledge, promoting good practice and inspiring the next generation of surgeons in Arthroscopy and Arthroplasty.

This is the first time ISKSAA is venturing into an overseas location and will provide a forum for international dialogue regarding the practice of Arthroscopy, knee and shoulder surgery, joint replacement surgery and Orthopaedic sports medicine. The format of the conference will include a range of lectures, live surgeries and workshops headed by experts from the UK and across the globe, who will be presenting results from research and discussing the newest operative techniques. Delegates visiting from abroad can also take part in a visitor programme before the main event, giving them the chance to explore the very best Leeds and the UK has to offer.

The society called upon ConferenceLeeds, for its expert knowledge of the city, to help select a venue. ConferenceLeeds arranged site visits, with the society selecting Cloth Hall Court at Leeds Beckett University, with it offering the ideal location to host world leading talks with its academic roots. It also offers excellent transport links, with Leeds Train Station just over the road, making it easy for delegates across the UK to attend.

Sanjeev Anand, Congress President at ISKSAA, commented: “We are extremely excited to be taking this event outside of India for the very first time! We were very eager to bring it to the UK, and Leeds was an ideal choice. It is a beautiful city, extremely well connected and offers excellent academic venues, which we were keen for the conference to be held in, in order to reflect the world-class speakers and demonstrations on offer. The team at ConferenceLeeds was extremely helpful; as this is the very first event overseas, we want it to be perfect, and with ConferenceLeeds’ help, it’ll be just that.”

Jennifer Young, Head of ConferenceLeeds, said: “We’re thrilled that ISKSAA has chosen Leeds to host its very first event outside of India, with this win clearly demonstrating the city’s ability to attract not only national, but international conferences. The event really recognises the brilliant sector strength Leeds has in healthcare, and we look forward to welcoming ISKSAA members to the city.”

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3rd April 2018

A spotlight shines on Leeds’ creative sector as it is chosen to host the very first Creative Cities Convention

ConferenceLeeds is celebrating Leeds’ thriving creative and digital sector, the fastest growing in the UK, as the city is chosen to host the first-ever Creative Cities Convention. The conference offers a brand new meeting place for creative media professionals across the UK and will be taking place from the 25th - 26th of April at the Leeds College of Music, and includes sponsorships from the BBC and Channel 4.

The event, which will bring together 200 delegates, will be hosted by broadcaster and journalist Kirsty Wark and will provide a platform for anyone interested in media, content creation and growth across the country. Many industry leaders and commentators will be in attendance, including Sir Peter Bazalgette, executive chairman of ITV, to celebrate the richness and diversity of talent and the growth of global production across the UK. The convention will also touch upon Leeds’ campaign to home Channel 4, with strong support from the sector for the #4sparks campaign from established industries such as Screen Yorkshire and true North.

ConferenceLeeds worked closely with the organisers by assisting with the initial searching for venues and arranged multiple site visits to ensure the most fitting space was chosen. The organisers wanted a venue that offered a suitable performance space and seated hundreds of delegates, making Leeds College of Music an ideal space. It has recently undergone a revamp of its main performance space, The Venue, by adding a striking rooftop extension which now offers increased capacity. ConferenceLeeds’ service did not end here and they are now in the process of creating a digital room booking service to ensure the delegates attending have a seamless experience when choosing their accommodation.

Ruth Pitt, Director of the Creative Cities Convention, comments: “The Creative Cities Convention is the new forum for the UK television industry to debate the hot topics around content production and distribution. There couldn’t be a better time for the convention, with issues of equality and representation right at the forefront of public discourse.

In our inaugural year we’re in Leeds, the geographical heart of the UK. It’s an ideal place to bring together creative media people from across the country to discuss the issues affecting them. This includes how the government’s new Industrial Strategy might benefit the creative industries outside London and also how Channel 4’s plan to move hundreds of jobs across the nation can benefit the industry and our audiences creatively, culturally and commercially.

We have secured a fantastic line up of speakers from across the industry and we’re looking forward to welcoming them to the wonderful surroundings of the refurbished Leeds College of Music.”

Jennifer Young, Head of ConferenceLeeds, commented: "We are delighted that Leeds has been chosen to host the very first Creative Cities Convention this April. The city is already home to the BBC Yorkshire and ITV’s Leeds Studios, and is an established digital hub with over 3,500 digital and technology companies located here. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the digital, film and TV sector currently and not only this, Leeds is now a hub for young, diverse digital and creative talent and it is hoped this convention will only strengthen this.

Finally, this new convention further highlights the Leeds City Region as being a creative powerhouse outside of London, helping to lead the way for innovation in the creative and digital industries in Yorkshire and beyond.”

For more information, visit www.conference-leeds.com, follow ConferenceLeeds on Twitter @conferenceleeds or call the team to discuss your conference requirements on 0113 378 1183.

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3rd April 2018

ConferenceLeeds celebrates the continuation of the Leeds 2023 bid

In light of the recent exciting announcement that Leeds is set to continue with plans to have a packed cultural programme in 2023, ConferenceLeeds is celebrating the city’s unique and varied heritage. Offering more than just great venues and facilities, Leeds has a rich, pioneering history and is home to a number of artefacts and attractions that are the first or oldest of their kind, all of which can help to inspire delegates and elevate events.

Leeds has recently unveiled a £35m six-year cultural programme, which will lead up to a year-long celebration of the city’s diverse culture in 2023. The announcement signifies the city’s commitment to continuing the energy and momentum created by the Leeds 2023 bid for European Capital of Culture. Leeds is dedicated to creating a legacy across the city and hopes to retain a strong international focus to celebrate its diverse communities, adding to its already rich heritage.

Leeds, which is a top 10 conferencing city according to the 2017 British Meetings and Events Industry survey (BMEIS), is home to a wealth of unique and cultural attractions that delegates can enjoy when visiting the city. For example, visitors are able to experience the only remaining gas lit cinema in the UK, Hyde Park Picture House, and the world’s first ever commercial railway, Middleton Railway.

Known for its healthcare innovation and facilities, Leeds also boasts a number of pioneering medical firsts. The first UK kidney dialysis treatment happened at Leeds General Infirmary, as well as the first successfully reconstructed heart with a single ventricle. Most recently the UK’s first double hand transplant – the second one ever completed in the world – took place in 2016.

The digital sector also has a strong history in Leeds, with the UK’s first Internet provider, Freeserve, being established in the city. Leeds continued to facilitate the Internet boom with the birth of IXLeeds, the only fully-independent Internet exchange point (IXP) outside of London. IXLeeds is located in the historic Salem Chapel, home of smart telecoms operator aql. The capability has attracted many major brands to store data and base operations here, including NHS Digital.

Jennifer Young, Head of ConferenceLeeds, commented:

“Leeds is full of historic culture, oldests and firsts, and a lot of this is on offer for delegates to come and experience. The city’s heritage has paved the way for a number of strengths within Leeds today, including the digital, healthcare and manufacturing sectors. We feel it’s important that when organisers bring delegates to Leeds, they not only have a memorable conference in our excellent venues, but that they can benefit from the inspirational culture and heritage that the city offers.

What’s even more exciting is that this culture is only set to continue to thrive and develop, with the recent reveal of the city’s dedication to its Leeds 2023 bid. There are many thrilling things to come including the collaboration of The Henry Moore Institute, The Hepworth Wakefield, Leeds Art Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture Park to form the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle, and the launch of the Leeds Peoples Theatre, an outdoor community performance. We can’t wait to see our delegate experience develop and become even more varied over the next six years!”

To discover why the city is anything but ordinary, the full list of facts about Leeds can be found here: https://www.visitleeds.co.uk/conferences/leeds-facts-anything-but-ordinary.aspx

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3rd April 2018

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