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Sustainability – choosing a walkable city

15 April 2019

The hospitality sector has been identified as one of the biggest offenders when it comes to being sustainable, thanks to the size of the industry and its extensive use of single-use plastic products. Venues can make green changes themselves and, indeed, many of the leading names in Leeds are introducing more environmentally friendly practices to their businesses as we speak. To support this sustainability drive, ConferenceLeeds has identified ways in which event organisers and delegates can do their bit to help make the conference and event industry’s footprint greener.

Looking to the future! What’s in store for Leeds in 2019?

27 December 2018

After another successful year for Leeds, contributing 212.7 million to the UK economy in 2017 (UKCAMS), and climbing the ranks to become the fourth most popular conferencing city in the UK, according to this year’s British Meetings and Events Industry survey (BMEIS), ConferenceLeeds now looks towards 2019 and the trends the conference market is likely to see in the city over the next 12 months.

Manufacturing inspiration – Leeds shines a spotlight on women in the sector

20 July 2018

ConferenceLeeds is celebrating Leeds’ growing manufacturing sector by profiling women in the industry, including manufacturing professional Victoria Hopkins. According to the latest ONS data, the gender split in manufacturing is 76% men and 24% women, signifying a gender divide in the sector nationwide. Leeds’ manufacturing sector, however, is not only thriving with innovation and development within the industry, but it is also leading the way with the many women involved within the profession.

Success for Leeds following this year’s Conference & Hospitality Show Awards

18 June 2018

ConferenceLeeds is celebrating a string of wins for the city, following this year’s Conference & Hospitality Show (CHS) Awards, which helped to demonstrate the strength in the city’s venues, and the stature of Leeds in relation to the UK’s larger cities when it comes to Conferencing and Hospitality. The event, which was held at the Principal Hotel in Manchester, gave Leeds the chance to showcase its impressive portfolio of venues across the city

Women in tech: A spotlight on the Java4Women event at Leeds Digital Festival

17 April 2018

Last year, the technology industry in the UK accounted for 1.64 million jobs in total, however unemployment rates among 16 to 24-year-olds are still increasing and the biggest rise recorded is amongst young women. This leads many across the industry to ask the question: why aren’t more women getting involved in tech?

Beyond the PowerPoint - how Technology is enhancing engagement at conferences

27 March 2018

When it comes to technology in conferences, many people think that a PowerPoint presentation is all that’s required. However, with the UK’s digital sector advancing and delegates expectations ever increasing, it’s important that conference organisers know that technology now goes far beyond the PowerPoint.

The digital hub of the North: ConferenceLeeds celebrates the return of Leeds Digital Festival

17 February 2018

The Leeds Digital Festival, the North’s largest digital festival, takes place between 16th – 27th April 2018 and is a city-wide, open platform celebration of all things digital within the city. Since its birth in 2016, the festival has grown in numerous ways, with 150 events and an expected 15,000 attendees.

What’s on the menu?

2 February 2018

Looking at the year ahead, we’ve seen two key trends beginning to emerge when it comes to food in conferencing, and we expect these trends to become even more prominent over the next 12 months.

Award-winning academic conference venues in Leeds

11 December 2017

ConferenceLeeds is celebrating the success of academic venues in the city, following the recent wins at the Academic Venue Awards 2017.

Conferences in a digital age: Using technology to engage delegates

27 July 2017

By Jennifer Young, Head of ConferenceLeeds, with insight from the Conference and Hospitality Show