Already firmly established as an up-and-coming event epicentre, Conference Leeds talks through all the fantastic advantages of holding your event in Leeds.
Leeds is the epicentre of the modern North. An exciting city with a rich, industrial past that has transformed into a knowledge hub for manufacturing, healthcare, and innovation.
Acknowledged as the Best Event Destination in the 2020 C&IT Awards, it’s easy to see why Leeds is the 5th most popular UK conference destination in the UK, offering delegates a unique experience in a city rich with heritage, history, and culture. To connect with Leeds is to experience the exceptional and it couldn’t be easier to get there.
Located in the heart of the UK with an accessible network of road, rail, and air transport, you could be arriving at Leeds train station from London or Edinburgh in well under three hours, with regular intercity connections to the rest of the UK too. Leeds Bradford Airport welcomes flights from over 70 destinations and is just eight miles from the vibrant city centre, which is famous for its walkability.
As the home of finance, professionals, academics, and leading industry voices, Leeds is an attractive choice for national and international conference organisers. By hosting a conference or event in Leeds, organisers can ensure that delegates are given the opportunity to network in an eclectic and fast growing city that boasts an exciting venue portfolio, from world-class academic universities and bespoke conference venues to landmarks like the Queen’s Hotel. The hotel’s £16 million refurbishment has lovingly modernised 13 events spaces and 232 bedrooms which pay homage to its rich and iconic history to ensure delegates have a majestic stay, while enjoying coworking spaces which appeal to a post-COVID way of life.
In a true city-wide collaboration, the last 12 months presented the opportunity for Leeds’ diverse range of independent venues to work closely together, in order to ensure that they were able to forward-plan for the future post-pandemic. Conference Leeds’ inaugural Independent Venues Month brought together the Independent Venues of Leeds to celebrate everything that the city’s independent and unique venues had to offer and the exceptional event experiences they can provide, whether that be at the head- quarters of the highly acclaimed Northern Ballet, enjoying the vibrant and creative spaces at Studio Leeds, the long respective heritage at Aspire or the awarding winning community enterprise Shine, where every meeting and event they host truly makes a difference.
Leeds is bursting with cultural energy, with delegates able to experience creative communities, thriving independent food scenes, renowned retail destinations, and a host for international sporting events, carnivals, festivals, and events. Conference Leeds’ #100steps campaign gives delegates a glimpse into what they can expect to see and do within 100 steps of their conference.
Leeds is moving from strength to strength, with the development of the UK’s first Infrastructure Bank arriving in the city, which will channel billions of pounds into projects across the country and help tackle climate change in the drive for green industrial revolution, while supporting local and regional economic growth. Along with the arrival of the Bank of England’s Northern Hub and Channel 4, Leeds is able to play a critical role in shaping the country’s future and harnesses potential transformative power in acting as one of the leading voices of the north.
A host of exciting events are confirmed for later in the year and into 2023, which also promises a full schedule of cultural events for delegates to immerse themselves in as part of Leeds 2023 Year of Culture celebrations.
For a closer look at Leeds’ offering, delegates and conference organisers alike are invited to join our venues at CHS Leeds at the Royal Armouries on the 24th May 2022. For more information on booking a conference in Leeds, please email the Conference Leeds team on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0113 378 1183.