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20 things for delegates to try in Leeds in 2020

17 January 2020

It’s a new decade, and Leeds has a packed conference calendar full of exciting national and international events. If you’re a delegate visiting Leeds in 2020, here are a variety of experiences and challenges that you can add to your itinerary when spending time in our vibrant city on a conferencing visit.

Keep your conference organisation stress free!

6 January 2020

Conferences are important events in the year. For many organisations and companies, these annual events are the best place to network, create lasting business partnerships and build on expertise. However, events don’t just come together in one day. They require time, effort, planning and precision. Inspired by stress awareness week (4th - 8th Nov), and with mental health and wellbeing becoming increasingly prevalent not just in work settings, but in everyday life, we’ve got some top tips to share with organisers ahead of conferences to ensure they have the most stress-free experience possible:

5 things to consider when confirming your next venue booking

11 October 2019

Megan from Horizon advising her top 5 tips when considering your next venue booking

The Ultimate Conference Venue Checklist

11 October 2019

At Horizon Leeds we love a good conference. We’re passionate about helping you to create impactful conferences, which are memorable to your delegates and provide a strong return on investment for you. We don’t just want to be seen as a venue. We use our vast experience in the events industry to ensure that you are getting the most from the conferences you hold here at Horizon.

Hosting a conference with a difference?

27 August 2019

When it comes to hosting a conference in a new location, organisers have a variety of considerations to make. Firstly, they have to consider the transport links to the city and understand how these can accommodate delegates travelling internationally and nationally. Then, they need to explore the venue portfolio of the city and choose a venue that suits their conference, and finally, they will need to understand the culture and offers available within the host city and plan their delegates’ days around this.

5 Top Tips for Networking

23 August 2019

A lot of people find networking a mystery. Whether I walk into the office pumped-up after a morning of networking, or I’m seen popping on my heels and topping up my make-up ready to go to a networking event as people are leaving for their commute home, I am always met with intrigue and usually the comment: “networking, oh I don’t know how you can do that!”

How to increase delegate health and wellbeing

7 August 2019

Megan Macbrairdy, venue manager at Horizon Leeds, a digitally lead conference and meeting centre developed by NHS Employers, shares tips on how to increase delegate health and wellbeing at events.

Innovating conference offerings: bringing technology to your next event

12 July 2019

Leeds is a thriving digital hub and a popular conferencing destination in the heart of the UK. The city’s reputation as a digital city has attracted many major brands to base operations here, including NHS Digital, which is headquartered in the city.

Avoid getting hot under the collar this summer…

10 July 2019

It’s finally here, the British summer has decided to make an appearance halfway through the year. Better late than never we say! Before we strut our stuff in shorts and add cocktail umbrellas to all our cold drinks, there is one hurdle to jump…

The dreaded C word! …Reasons to book Christmas venue now!

3 July 2019

It feels as though the long-awaited British summer has abandoned us and now businesses are already advertising for Christmas?! We understand the injustice, it might seem unthinkably soon to entertain the thought, so here’s a few reasons why it’s a brilliant idea to get cracking on the planning…

Sustainability spotlight: Go local with your event catering

3 June 2019

The Menurama survey, undertaken by food service analyst Horizons, recently found that there is a growing trend for restaurants listing the provenance, local sourcing and the weighting of meat and fish options available on their menus.

5 helpful tips to find your perfect venue

31 May 2019

Our friends at the Studio Leeds have written this piece about how to find a perfect venue…..We appreciate finding the perfect match is a challenge, we appreciate a helping hand never goes a miss… With that in mind, here are their best tips for finding your dream venue.

Sustainability spotlight: Ways to make your event paperless

17 May 2019

The hospitality sector has already been identified as one of the biggest offenders when it comes to being sustainable. Many believe this starts and ends with plastic, and though we’ve discussed the detrimental effect that plastic pollution is having on the planet, reducing your plastic waste is a small step on a larger journey to becoming self-sustainable.

Sustainability spotlight: How to reduce plastic use at your next event

10 May 2019

The stats on plastic pollution paint a scary picture about the impact it is having on the planet. For example, 8 million tons of plastic enters the ocean every single year, and only 14% of the world’s plastic packaging is actively recycled - resulting in about 83% of the world’s drinking water containing plastic fibre. With these in mind, it’s never been more essential for conference and events spaces and their organisers to work together to try and reduce single-use plastics for their events.

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.

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

The importance of citywide teamwork in securing business and raising a destination’s profile

21 April 2017

Collaboration and teamwork are critical elements to securing business and raising a destination’s profile. Jim Vincent, Managing Director of Royal Armouries International PLC, discusses the importance of teamwork in bringing conferences to his venue in Leeds and the role that ConferenceLeeds plays in this.