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Yorkshire to host new National Film and Television School hub

22 July 2019

The National Film and Television School (NFTS) is to open a hub in Leeds.

NFTS Leeds is part of the School’s strategy to support the growth of film and television production outside London. It is backed by Channel 4 whose new HQ is to be based in the city as well as ITV, who also have a production base in Leeds. Other supporters include BFI, Screen Yorkshire and ScreenSkills.

ConferenceLeeds shortlisted for Best UK Convention Bureau award

8 May 2019

ConferenceLeeds, the conference bureau for the city of Leeds, has been shortlisted in the Best UK Convention Bureau category at the Conferencing and Hospitality Awards 2019, an annual awards ceremony designed to showcase the very best in the conference and hospitality industry in the UK.

ConferenceLeeds strengthens team with new Head of Visitor Economy

8 April 2019

ConferenceLeeds, the conference bureau for the city of Leeds, has strengthened its team by welcoming Wendy Earl as the new Head of Visitor Economy, Inward Investment and International Relations. Wendy joins the team in a re-location from Perth, Western Australia, where she worked as Head of Economic Development for the capital city

ConferenceLeeds celebrates Channel 4’s relocation to Leeds

31 October 2018

ConferenceLeeds is thrilled that broadcaster Channel 4 have chosen Leeds to be home to its national headquarters. In a huge win for the city, the relocation demonstrates the strength of the creative and digital sectors in Leeds and increases the city’s stature as a conferencing destination in the UK.

Get me out of the office - nearly 50% of business travellers love it!

15 August 2018

Nearly 50% of participants voted the best thing about travelling for business was ‘the novelty of being away from the office’, in a recent survey conducted by ConferenceLeeds. The results highlight the popularity of employees wanting to experience time away from their traditional day-to-day routine, through attending conferences and events in different cities.

Daniel Gill- Dine Delivered Catey Award 2018

16 July 2018

Dine Delivered has scooped the Award for Best Use of Technology in the prestigious Catey Awards 2018 - held at JW Marriott Grosvenor House Hotel, Mayfair on Tuesday 3rd July 2018.

Camera shy? Nearly 75% of Brits don’t post about their business travel on social media

4 July 2018

A poll of 2,000 business travellers found as well as the benefits for business – making face-to-face connections and increasing revenue – 27 per cent simply love the bonus of staying in a hotel they otherwise couldn’t afford.

That Was the Greatest Show Celebrating the 11th Anniversary Leeds Hotels & Venues Association Awards

22 June 2018

The Leeds hospitality sector came together last night, Thursday 21 June, to celebrate the 11th annual Leeds Hotel and Venues Association (LHVA) Awards Dinner, held at the iconic Queens Hotel.

Hosted by BBC Look North’s very own Harry Gration (MBE), the award ceremony celebrated the cream of the crop of the city’s hotel and venue staff. LHVA received headline sponsorship from Leeds BID and gold sponsorship from Trinity Leeds, ensuring the 11th anniversary celebrations were a roaring success.

ConferenceLeeds celebrates Leeds’ healthcare sector, following the success of recent Physiological S

25 April 2018

ConferenceLeeds is celebrating the recent success of The Physiological Society’s ‘Future Physiology’ conference, which was attended by 200 delegates and held for the first time in Leeds. The event took place at The University of Leeds and the Met Hotel, in a bid to inspire and enthuse attendees who are beginning their careers in Physiology, and further demonstrating Leeds’ strength in the healthcare sector.

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

21 February 2018

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.

Creative Cities Convention for the UK Media Industry Announced for 2018

19 February 2018

A brand new meeting place for creative media people across the UK will hold its inaugural event at the College of Music in Leeds on April 25/26th.

Plan for new Centre of Retail and Hospitality Excellence set to move to the next stage

1 February 2018

Plans to establish a new Centre of Retail and Hospitality Excellence (CORHE) by the end of April 2018 in Leeds could be given the green light by senior councillors next week.

HSRIL Announce Leeds will Host 2018 Conference

1 December 2017

High Speed Rail Industry Leaders welcome HS2 report on unlocking Britain’s potential across the Country and announce Leeds will host 2018 HSRIL Conference

Leeds leads the way in survey of UKs most improved cities

8 November 2017

Leeds has been named the UK’s top performer in a new report highlighting the country’s most improved places to live and work.

Young talent backs #4Sparks in Leeds City Region

17 October 2017

Today (Tuesday 17th October) Leeds City Region launches an exciting campaign called #4Sparks to attract the relocation of Channel Four

Leeds venues celebrate success at Conference and Hospitality Show following investment

10 July 2017

ConferenceLeeds is celebrating a string of wins amongst its venue portfolio at the Conference and Hospitality Show, following significant investment in a number of Leeds locations. Across the city a total of £100 million has been invested to make improvements to some of the city’s most prestigious venues, alongside a range of new openings.

Idé Real Estate reveal plans for major Leeds development as they are announced as preferred purchase

14 March 2017

Leeds City Council has announced Idé Real Estate as the preferred purchaser for its complex of three grade II listed buildings, Leonardo, Thoresby and Great George Street.

Industry leaders come together for Europe’s largest regeneration project at MIPIM 2017

14 March 2017


More than 100,000 passengers a day pass through Leeds Station, making it the busiest in the north.

The station is also at the heart of Leeds city centre and the South Bank, Europe’s largest regeneration project and a leading destination for investing, living, learning and leisure.

Momentum builds for city’s 2023 bid as new sponsors announced

10 March 2017

A trio of new high-profile sponsors have thrown their weight behind Leeds’s ambitious bid to land the prestigious title of European Capital of Culture 2023.

Yorkshire Bank, Yorkshire Building Society and Yorkshire Water are among big businesses who pledged their support to the exciting bid during a spectacular event held at Northern Ballet last night (March 8).

Interserve Conference will give Leeds business a boost

24 February 2017

Leading training provider, Interserve Learning & Employment, has been successful in securing many new government funded contracts across the Leeds City Region, which will benefit both local residents and employers.

3.5m passenger milestone reached at Leeds Bradford Airport ahead of busiest winter programme.

29 September 2016

The latest figures show that the summer 2016 season has also seen an increase in passenger numbers; rising by more than 50,000 passengers compared to the same period in 2015.

Well Met weave history into their new conference venue: Cloth Hall Court launches summer 2017

28 September 2016

Well Met Conferencing, the conferencing office for Leeds Beckett University will be opening their newest venue, Cloth Hall Court, in summer 2017.

Leeds Bradford Airport announces 20% increase in traffic with Ryanair flight

19 July 2016

Ryanair, Europe’s No.1 airline, has launched its biggest ever Leeds Bradford Airport summer schedule (2017), as the airline grows Leeds Bradford traffic by over 20%.

National Apprenticeship Week: BERA support the future of the industry with intern appointment

23 March 2016

ConferenceLeeds and the British Educational Research Association (BERA) have shown continued support for the future talent of the conference and events industry, with the appointment of an intern to assist with this year’s BERA conference in Leeds.