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A spotlight on the venues hosting Leeds Digital Festival

Leeds is one of the most innovative digital hubs in the UK, now being home to over 3,500 digital and technology companies across a range of industries.

Furthermore, Leeds now has a digital GVA of £688 million with a growth potential of 92%, and the upcoming Leeds Digital Festival will further shine a spotlight on the city’s digital capabilities.

The Leeds Digital Festival, the North’s largest digital festival, takes place between 23rd April – 3rd May 2019 and is a city-wide, open platform celebration of all things digital within the city. With only days to go until the Festival, ConferenceLeeds highlights some of the exciting event venues across Leeds that will be showcased during the festival.

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1. Doubletree by Hilton

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel is ideally situated in the waterside Granary Wharf area, set on the Leeds/Liverpool canal and has 19 dedicated conference spaces, which vary in size, layout and facilities, making them perfect for hosting a number of events and conferences.

Not only does the hotel offer a team of event specialists to ensure things run smoothly and are tailored to your needs, there’s also access to great facilities that will aid both organisers and delegates in their stay. Additionally suited for the Digital Festival, this venue has AV equipment and free wifi in all areas, making it an ideal venue for events that rely heavily on technology and the ability to connect quickly.

The venue is also efficiently located just a 10 minute walk from Leeds’ train station and is easily accessible on bus, making it ideal for anyone travelling in from across the country.

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2. University of Leeds

This leading University offers a range of facilities across its city-centre campus that can suit a number of conference types and budgets. From atmospheric indoor and outdoor spaces, that range in size and functionality, to delicious catering services visitors of the University of Leeds will have the chance to experience a prestigious hub of education that is steeped in academic developments in sectors such as science, healthcare, nutrition and technology.

What’s more, with its central location, delegates are never too far from public transport - Leeds train station is only a 20 minute walk - as well as the enticing fun that Leeds has to offer across its vibrant city during their down time. Showcasing its pioneering interest in the Healthcare sector, this venue will host sessions like Living in Leeds which will look at how technology can help accelerate research in healthcare for patient benefits and the need for further investment in this sector.

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3. Aspire

Aspire is a venue that can help create bespoke events and offers unique services to suit multiple requirements. Not only do event organisers have the choice of multiple spaces which vary in size, capabilities and layout options, each space is aesthetically striking promising an outstanding first impression and will leave a truly memorable lasting impression with delegates after they leave.

With its flexible spaces, ideal for tailoring any kind of event to your needs, and a number of packages to choose from, Aspire really does allow you to tailor the space to suit your event type. Away from its look, Aspire also offers a fantastic range of complete Audio Visual production and management services with multimedia presentation facilities to suit all technical requirements.

Located in the centre of the city, with excellent access to major transport links, Aspire is conveniently placed for those who are either driving, using public transport or walking.

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4. Cloth Hall Court

This dedicated conference space is located in the city centre and is part of Leeds Beckett University, one of three universities located in Leeds.

With ten modern, specialised spaces to choose from, conference organisers have the pick between small rooms, ideal for small meetings, or large spaces that can hold up to 300 people in a variety of setups. Each room can be adapted and tailored to the organisers discretion to ensure that the event taking place is completely tailored and ideal for the kind of event taking place.

Cloth Hall Court also offers a range of event tech (including AV and WiFi) which is built into each package, ensuring ease of organisation and the trust that everyone can stay connected throughout the event.

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5. Duke Studios

One of the most popular event spaces during the festival, attendees can see events such as The Future of Social hosted by ‘The Social Media Geek’ who will be discussing the fast moving world of social media and how it’s going to look in five years time. As well as talks and presentations, the venue will also be hosting drop in sessions throughout the duration of the festival.

A creative, modern and unique venue located just a short walk from Leeds’ beating heart, Duke Studios, doesn’t follow the Hotel Conference venue standards and prides itself on providing interesting a creative spaces bound to inspire delegates and leave a lasting impression. Its four available spaces range in size meaning Duke Studios has space for varying conference and meeting types. The Event Space is a room that can hold around 200 delegates and works as a blank canvas that can be adapted to suit any event style, what’s more, the space also has a ‘Yarden’ available for use which is perfect for outdoors team-building activities and rest breaks.

The facilities provided at Duke Studios include extensive audio visual equipment, such as a built-in sound system, projectors and screens, movable staging and a ceiling rig to ensure all your technical requirements are met.


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