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Historical Leeds landmark announces major refurbishment project

25 September 2019

ConferenceLeeds, the conference bureau for the city of Leeds, is pleased to announce that Leeds Town Hall has recently confirmed a major refurbishment project, which is set to restore the much-loved Leeds landmark across the next three years, bringing with it new and exciting events spaces which will enhance the city’s conferencing proposition.

Sky's the limit as Leeds Town Hall gets ready for major refurbishment

18 September 2019

The history of Leeds Town Hall reached a new high point today with the announcement of a major refurbishment project aimed at securing the much-loved building for future generations.

Emerald Headingley Stadium already proving a gem…

28 June 2019

The £45m refurbishment of one of Leeds’ sporting stadia is already proving a sound investment, with a huge influx of bookings for conferences, events and celebrations.

Events in the heart of the Cultural Quarter, Leeds

26 June 2019

Leeds College of Music has joined forces with Northern Ballet to offer an exciting new conference space in Leeds’s cultural quarter.

Another award win at prestigious CHS awards for Leeds venue

25 June 2019

Leeds, June 18th, 2019 - Horizon Leeds, the Leeds-based venue hire business, has been recognised as the best conferencing and events venue in the UK for onsite technology for the 4th year running at the CHS Awards. The awards put the spotlight on exceptional hotels, independent venues and facilities that CHS believes should be recognised for their service to the industry.

Catering Yorkshire recruit new 5* hotel chef Nathan Sharp

15 May 2019

Catering Yorkshire are delighted to announce the recruitment of Nathan Sharp, previously Head Chef of Dakota, 5* luxury hotel in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

MEETinLEEDS awarded Customer Service Excellence® standard

26 March 2019

MEETinLEEDS, the conference and events facilities at the University of Leeds, has achieved the Customer Service Excellence® standard as part of the University of Leeds’ Commercial and Campus Support Services (CCSS). In addition to achieving the government standard, which recognises the organisation’s commitment to putting customers first, the service achieved a significantly positive result, receiving ‘Compliance plus’ for eight standard criteria - the most criteria that any first time participating organisation, for this accreditation, has ever received.

first direct arena confirms increased standing floor and overall capacity

14 February 2019

Following a review of its capacities and operational procedures the first direct arena are delighted to announce a significant increase to the capacity of its standing floor to 4,321.

MEETinLEEDS expands portfolio of venues with acquisition of Cloth Hall Court

14 February 2019

The MEETinLEEDS conference and events team at the University of Leeds are pleased to announce that the University has acquired a new city centre conference and meeting venue, Cloth Hall Court.

Village Hotel Club, Leeds North announce details of VWorks, their new business club concept

15 January 2019

Village Hotel Club, Leeds North are delighted to announce details of VWorks, their new business club concept, and the new Village Grill and Pub which is due to open this summer.

Then, now and what the future holds for the NHS at Well Met

16 October 2018

The NHS at 70 will be the topic of discussion at a conference for Leeds Community Healthcare professionals and the Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group Partnership on 15 October 2018. It will take place at Cloth Hall Court, the dedicated city centre conference venue of Well Met, the conferencing office of Leeds Becket University.

Horizon Leeds conference centre wins at CHS Awards 2018

19 June 2018

Horizon Leeds, the first purpose-built conference centre for NHS and health organisations in the north of England, has won two awards at this year’s CHS Awards.

Corporate Open Day, Aspire, Leeds

22 May 2018

Various businesses descended on Aspire in Leeds city centre for a guided tour of the magnificent Grade ii listed building, one of Leeds finest venues.

Dinner is served – Cloth Hall Court hosts first dinner with FinTech North

27 April 2018

Wednesday 25 April was a first for Cloth Hall Court, part of the Well Met conferencing department for Leeds Beckett University, when it played host to the speakers, sponsors and special guests of FinTech North for the venue’s very first dinner.

Well Met triumphant in third consecutive AIM Gold Accreditation

16 January 2018

Well Met is delighted to announce that they have been awarded the prestigious Gold Accredited in Meetings (AIM) certification for the third consecutive time. The conferencing department’s newest venue, the Grade II listed Cloth Hall Court attained an incredible 97% pass rate.

10th Birthday year is a landmark for Well Met Conferencing

20 December 2017

2017 has been an impressive year for Well Met. As well as opening the £4.5m newly restored Cloth Hall Court venue in the heart of Leeds, the conference department for Leeds Beckett University also celebrated its 10th Birthday in October.

The StudioLeeds Expands its Home Sweet Home

7 December 2017

thestudioleeds has recently completed the expansion of its Riverside West home, adding 4 new state of the art event spaces and doubling its capacity. Works began in July and now thestudioleeds is excited to show off its new additions: Succeed, Mind, Matter, and Cheer.

Well Met’s Cloth Hall Court chosen as northern venue for important environmental conference

29 November 2017

Well Met, Leeds Beckett University’s conference department, are excited to announce they have been chosen as the northern host for the conference that will launch the Environment Agency’s ‘Working with Natural Processes Evidence Base’, a significant moment for the management of flood and coastal erosion risks in the UK.

The Studio Serves Up National Support for Foodinate

9 November 2017

Giving the rest of us food for thought as we head into the season of giving, thestudio has announced its national partnership with social enterprise, Foodinate. The team of event and venue experts has put its money where its mouth is, introducing ‘Foodinate Fancy Cakes’ to its menus across the country. These sweet treats will be offered to every client that makes a booking with thestudio, and in turn will support Foodinate in providing a nourishing meal to a local person in need with every cake sold.

Well Met sweep the nominations for the very first Academic Venue Awards

17 October 2017

This year will see the very first edition of the Academic Venue Awards take place and Well Met, the conference department for Leeds Beckett University, are finalists for four awards including Best Conference Venue

Leeds College of Music To Revamp The Venue

3 August 2017

Leeds College of Music is set to revamp its main performance space with a striking rooftop extension, right in the heart of Leeds’ Cultural Quarter.

By Royal Appointment, HRH Prince Henry of Wales visits Aspire, Leeds

13 July 2017

You may have seen in the national press that HRH Prince Harry visited Leeds last week. He attended the Leeds Fund event at Aspire on Thursday 6th of July 2017. The event was put together by the Leeds Community Foundation, and hosted by Aspire, to raise awareness of mental health within young people.

Sheppard Robson completes the refurbishment of Well Met’s latest venue: Cloth Hall Court

26 May 2017

Once a major trading centre for the textile industry in Leeds, between the 18th- 19th centuries, this Grade II listed building has undergone a multi-million-pound refurbishment and is now a contemporary dedicated conference venue. Set to open in July, Cloth Hall Court will be the latest addition to Well Met’s portfolio of venues and has already received around £700k worth of enquires.

thestudioleeds undergoes expansion to double in size

23 May 2017

10 years since launching, thestudio seems to be winning at the numbers game: less than one year after opening in a fourth location, the group’s third venue is gearing up for expansion works that will double its existing size. thestudioleeds will be taking over the floor adjacent to it, adding an extra 7,000 sq. ft. to the space and creating four new rooms. This will take the venues total room count to 11, capable of accommodating from 2 to 185 guests, just in time for thestudioleeds’ second birthday in September this year.

Well Met appoints Senior Management Team for Cloth Hall Court

28 April 2017

Well Met, the conference office for Leeds Beckett University, is delighted to announce the appointment of Senior Conference and Events Executive, Alexandra Wood.

Hampton by Hilton makes Leeds debut

15 March 2017

LEEDS, UK and MCLEAN, Va. – 14 March 2017 - Hilton (NYSE: HLT) has signed a franchise agreement for the 14 storey Hampton by Hilton Leeds City Centre in the north-eastern area of the city centre. The 192 guestroom hotel, which is expected to open in late 2019, will be part of the first phase of a new, landmark regeneration project being developed by a consortium of Singapore-listed companies led by Heeton Holdings Ltd. The project will make an impactful contribution in extending the quality of the city centre beyond the inner ring road.

Reworking the fabric of Leeds: The History and Future of Cloth Hall Court

16 February 2017

With the opening of Leeds newest dedicated conferencing facility on the horizon, Well Met are considering the final touches to the historic Cloth Hall Court site with its heritage led interior design and state-of-the-art facilities.

The building was originally constructed for the purpose of trading cloth, specifically ‘Yorkshire Broadcloths’, which were cheap, good quality cloths that were produced in the surrounding areas. These specialised cloths formed the fabric of the city, as Leeds quickly gained traction in its status as a centre for commerce and trade in the wool and cloth industries.

Join the club and meet for free at Cloth Hall Court

10 January 2017

Cloth Hall Court, the new dedicated conferencing facility venue from Well Met Conferencing have announced a fantastic introductory offer for new bookings in July and August. Organisers will have the opportunity to make use of the state-of-the-art facilities completely free of charge in July, and half price rates throughout August 2017.

Well Met’s newest venue receives £500k enquiries in advance of opening

16 November 2016

With the doors set to open in summer 2017, Cloth Hall Court is preparing to welcome a number of conferences and meetings having already received around £500k worth of venue enquiries from eager event planners.

New £11.5m Exhibition Hall - Open for Business

9 June 2016

The Bishop of Leeds, the Right Rev Nick Baines, and the Yorkshire Event Centre's MD Heather Parry pulled a 30m giant red ribbon to unveil Hall 1 which is the largest single-span space in Yorkshire and the North East of England and provides 4,320m2 of exhibition space.

ConferenceLeeds reveals technology advancements in the city after research emphasises importance of

25 April 2016

With Leeds Digital Festival starting this week, Jennifer Young, Associate Director of Visitor Economy for ConferenceLeeds, highlights the technology investments that venues in Leeds are making, cementing the city’s place as the tech hub of the North.