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The body set up to attract conference and events business to Leeds will be wound up in April and its work will be transferred to the city council.

According to the latest accounts filed at Companies House, Leeds and Partners received £1.9m from Leeds City Council and £2.4 m in total in the year ending March 2014. It spent £2.3m, resulting in a surplus of £156,160. This was an improvement on the previous year when the company recorded a net deficit of £283,109.

A team of five people at Leeds’ conference bureau, ConferenceLeeds, will organise venue finding services, bid production and budget planning, sourcing hotel accommodation, familiarisation visits, marketing and PR support and dedicated event co-ordination and city welcome packages from now on.

Although the bureau’s budget has not been finalised, the team will be led by Jennifer Young, associate director of visitor economy.

She told CN: “The focus for Conference Leeds over the next six months will be to launch our conferencing city proposition, supported by a national and international marketing and PR campaign, to demonstrate the bespoke conferencing offer and ‘anything but ordinary’ delegate experience available in Leeds.”

Meanwhile, the organiser of the Conference and Hospitality Show (CHS) has announced its education programme for 2015.

The speakers include Jennifer Holloway, author of Personal Branding For Brits who will give an insight into personal branding and a practical guide to becoming successful while being yourself; Jacqui Kavanagh, CEO of Trinity Event Solutions who will discuss how to get the best deal for clients as we negotiate our way out of a recession; and Emma Cartmell, managing director of the CHS Group.

The event will take place 24 March at the Centenary Pavilion.

Well Met Conferencing  at Leeds Beckett University has announced the addition of The Vault to its portfolio of  conference and events venues. The Vault combines three meeting spaces, including The Snug, The Clubhouse and lounge area equipped with a licensed bar and kitchen, snooker table and table football. The space has been recently refurbished and offers bright and funky fixtures and fittings, chesterfield sofas and oak tables. 

The venue was designed by fuse8 design and its quirky finishing touches include giant Yorkshire Tweed lampshades and huge grass walls, which make the distinctive bar an ideal location to relax after a day’s conference or exploring the region.

This was first published in the March issue of CN. Any comments? Email John Keenan

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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