Leeds Venues Shortlisted for Green Tourism Awards 23 Jul 2014

Leeds Venues Shortlisted for Green Tourism AwardsTwo outstanding Leeds venues have been shortlisted for the Green Tourism Goldstar Awards.

Storm Jameson Court Accommodation at University of Leeds and Royal Armouries International Plc have both been shortlisted for these prestigious awards

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Leeds Universities welcome over 2600 teachers to UK’s largest teacher training event 17 Jul 2014

From Saturday 19 July to Friday 1 August, Leeds Metropolitan University and the University of Leeds will welcome the UK’s largest and most unique teacher training event to the city.

As country’s biggest graduate recruiter, Education Charity Teach First will welcome 2,600 new teachers to its annual residential training event, in an event worth £5.5m for Leeds in 2014 and 2015.

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Prepare to ride le route like Chris Froom and Mark Cavendish at award winning Rudding Park 9 Jul 2014

Prepare to ride le route like Chris Froom and Mark Cavendish at award winning Rudding ParkThe world’s largest annual sporting event – The Tour de France – set off in Yorkshire this weekend with Team Sky, Omega Pharma Quick-Step and IAM preparing at Rudding Park Hotel, Spa and Golf.

To celebrate Rudding Park, Harrogate has launched a Ride le Route package for amateur cyclists to experience the same luxurious bedrooms and leisure facilities as their heroes before challenging themselves to cycle part or all of Stage One of the Grand Depart.

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First Direct Arena named one of the UK’s greatest landmarks 4 Jul 2014

First Direct Arena named one of the UK’s greatest landmarksThe first direct arena in Leeds, operated by SMG Europe has been has been named as one of the country’s greatest landmarks by the CITB.

The iconic 13,000 seater venue in Leeds has been included on a list of the most recognizable structures in England - and people who built it are set to be honored at a special ceremony in London

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Midland Hotel’s virtual ‘Tour De Bradford’ to raise funds for Marie Curie 27 Jun 2014

Midland Hotel’s virtual ‘Tour De Bradford’ to raise funds for Marie CurieThe Midland Hotel in Bradford will be putting you in ‘Le Saddle’ for one day only on Tuesday 1st July to get you into the spirit for the Grand Depart.

For a donation to Marie Curie you can take part in the static virtual bike tour in the hotel reception, this is a fantastic opportunity to ride the race through the local area at speed or at your own pace taking in the views of Yorkshire.

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Event venue gets greenlight for £10m expansion plan 25 Jun 2014

Event venue gets greenlight for £10m expansion planPlanning permission has been granted for a new £10m exhibition hall at the Great Yorkshire Showground.

The hall will replace the ageing existing building at the Harrogate site.

Heather Parry, deputy chief executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society said: “We are absolutely thrilled with Harrogate Borough Council’s endorsement of our vision. This will be the largest single project the Society has ever undertaken and is a real investment into the future of Harrogate to help it become the finest events town in the country.

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Weetwood’s rising star toasts to success after winning accolade 24 Jun 2014

Weetwood’s rising star toasts to success after winning accoladeWeetwood Hall toasted to success at a glittering awards ceremony this month, after fighting off stiff competition and scooping an accolade for the determination and hard work of one of its team members.

Conference Operations Manager, Lukasz Opilowski, was honoured to win the Rising Star Award at the Leeds Hotels and Venues Association’s (LHVA) awards on Thursday 12th June at Leeds United’s Centenary Pavilion, that celebrate the best in service from over 30 hotels and venues across the city.

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World Congress of Cycling Science to be held at Leeds Metropolitan Uni ahead of Tour de France 19 Jun 2014

World Congress of Cycling Science to be held at Leeds Metropolitan Uni ahead of Tour de FranceThe University of Kent is to hold a two day residential conference titled the ‘World Congress of Cycling Science 2014’ at Leeds Metropolitan University on 2 and 3 July, ahead of the Tour de France Grand Départ from Leeds on Saturday 5 July.

The event will be followed by Leeds Metropolitan University’s ‘A Celebration of British Cycling’ – a day of Tour de France themed talks and events, including a question and answer session with past Tour de France riders.

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City Awards Celebrate the Stars of the Leeds Hospitality Sector 16 Jun 2014

City Awards Celebrate the Stars of the Leeds Hospitality SectorThe achievement of Leeds’ hotels and venues staff were celebrated last night (Thursday 12th June 2014) at the Leeds Hotels & Venues Association (LHVA) Annual Awards Dinner held at the Centenary Pavilion, Leeds United.

This awards dinner, hosted by Yorkshire’s very own Harry Gration, recognised the huge contribution made by the city’s hospitality workers.

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Well Met Conferencing’s Jeremy Bradshaw wins LHVA Special Award for Contribution to Business Tourism 13 Jun 2014

Well Met Conferencing’s Jeremy Bradshaw wins LHVA Special Award for Contribution to Business TourismWell Met Conferencing’s Conference and Events Manager, Jeremy Bradshaw, picked up the Leeds Hotels & Venues Association’s ‘Special Award for Contribution to Business Tourism’ last night, at the association’s annual awards ceremony, held at Leeds United’s Centenary Pavilion.

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Dinosaurs arrive in Leeds as Natural History Museum’s ‘Dino Jaws’ exhibition returns to UK 2 Jun 2014

Dinosaurs arrive in Leeds as Natural History Museum’s ‘Dino Jaws’ exhibition returns to UKThe Natural History Museum’s ‘Dino Jaws’ exhibition has come home to the UK for the first time in three years, opening at NEW DOCK Hall, Leeds on Tuesday 3 June.

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Historical blue plaque marks 21 years in business at Weetwood Hall 23 May 2014

The 21st business anniversary of Weetwood Hall Conference Centre and Hotel in Leeds has been marked this month by a historical Blue Plaque unveiling and a celebratory dinner for key clients and partners.

The University of Leeds bought the estate in 1919 with the house becoming a hall of residence up until the 1990s when it was reinvented as a hotel and conference centre.

Sheila Griffiths, former halls of residence warden during the 1960s and 70s, unveiled the plaque with the help of Leeds Civic Trust and reflected on her time at Weetwood Hall.

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UK’s first Golf and Business Festival features golfing antics from Yorkshire celebrities Paul Hudson 19 May 2014

UK’s first Golf and Business Festival features golfing antics from Yorkshire celebrities Paul HudsonYORKSHIRE GOLF AND BUSINESS FESTIVAL

25 – 27 MAY, 2014, MOORALLERTON GOLF CLUB

Preparations are now well under way for the UK’s first charity Golf and Business Festival, which will take place at Moorallerton Golf Club from 25 – 27 May. Organised by the Golf Club’s newly founded charitable foundation, The Moor Allerton Charitable Foundation, the weekend will include a Tour Professional golfers v. Yorkshire celebrities Am – Am event featuring Geoffrey Boycott, Paul Hudson and Peter Lorimer, alongside past Ryder cup players Paul Broadhurst and Paul Way. The weekend will also be packed full of fun for all the family from talking business to receiving informed advice from all the PGA Professionals, Indoor and Outdoor Driving Ranges, Custom Club fitting, Club Testing, Simulators and Golf Gadgets. There will also be a licensed bar and an abundance of catering options with a soft play area for the younger children, as well as chance to pick up some tips from the Leeds United Foundation Soccer Skills Coaching staff.

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Rudding Park's Open House 15 Apr 2014

Rudding Park's Open HouseOn Monday 31 March award winning Rudding Park opened its doors to showcase the newly refurbished Grade I Regency house.

100 guests from across the Yorkshire region were invited to experience the new menus and the versatility of the event space following the £200,000 project.

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Well Met Conferencing’s Kate Davis joins Venuemasters board 10 Apr 2014

Well Met Conferencing’s Kate Davis joins Venuemasters boardKate Davis, Head of Business Development at Leeds Metropolitan University has joined the board of Directors for Venuemasters, the consortium dedicating to promoting academic venues. Kate was elected by other members of Venuemasters at their recent AGM and will use her experience to continue the consortium’s progress in the business, leisure and tourism markets.

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Leeds and York were today named among the very best places to visit in the UK by TripAdvisor 8 Apr 2014

Leeds and York were today named among the very best places to visit in the UK by TripAdvisorTripAdvisor drew upon the wealth of reviews and opinions expressed on its pages to rank the top ten destinations and the cities made the grade, with York taking sixth place and Leeds making ninth spot, an improvement on last year when it failed to make the list entirely.

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UK’s first Golf and Business Festival to be held in Yorkshire 18 Mar 2014

UK’s first Golf and Business Festival to be held in YorkshireThe UK’s first Golf and Business Festival is to be held this year in Yorkshire, at Leeds’ Moor Allerton Golf Club from 25 – 27 May 2014. Organised by the Golf Club’s newly founded charitable foundation, The Moor Allerton Charitable Foundation. Profits made by Yorkshire Golf and Business Festival will be donated to a range of charities including Yorkshire Air Ambulance and The Golf Foundation.

The weekend will include a Tour Professional golfers, Yorkshire celebrities, Am – Am event featuring past Ryder cup players Paul Broadhurst and Paul Way and current players from the Tours. Geoffrey Boycott and Paul Hudson are two of the many celebrities playing. Two trips to the Masters in Augusta are on offer for the winning amateurs. Guest speakers from the worlds of business and sport, an exhibition featuring, golfing products and Yorkshire suppliers and a programme of family events.


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Well Met Conferencing to attend Association Event Planners Forum 2014 6 Mar 2014

Well Met Conferencing to attend Association Event Planners Forum 2014Well Met Conferencing is to be amongst a number of conference centres attending Conference & Incentive Travel’s Association Event Planners Forum this March. Starting on 31 March, the two day event at London’s Grange City Hotel will see guest speakers, industry specialists in large association events and associations gather together to discuss key business areas, share good practice and promote greater networking.

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New Chair and Trustees appointed to Board of the National Coal Mining Museum for England Trust 19 Feb 2014

New Chair and Trustees appointed to Board of the National Coal Mining Museum for England TrustThe former Member of Parliament for Wakefield (1987-2005), David Hinchliffe, has been appointed as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Coal Mining Museum for England, in succession to Baroness Morris of Yardley, who had been Chair for seven years. Three additional new Trustees, Julie Ann Kenny CBE DL, the Rt Hon Baroness Taylor of Bolton PC and Ian Waugh, have also been appointed.

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Rudding Park - Top Hotel in the UK Outside of London 28 Jan 2014

Rudding Park - Top Hotel in the UK Outside of LondonHarrogate’s Rudding Park Hotel, Spa & Golf has been voted Top Hotel in the UK outside London in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2014.

These prestigious recognitions are based solely on the millions of real and unbiased reviews and opinions from travellers gathered on the travel guide website
www.tripadvisor.com

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Hotels Get Renovations ... Hiltons Get Makovers 8 Jan 2014

Hotels Get Renovations ... Hiltons Get MakoversHilton Leeds City is set to undergo a complete refurbishment of the 4th floor meeting centre stations giving abrand new look.

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Dino Jaws is Coming to Leeds 4 Jan 2014

Dino Jaws is Coming to LeedsRoyal Armouries (International) Plc have signed an exclusive deal with The Natural History Museum for NEW DOCK Hall to house the fascinating Dino Jaws Exhibition for the whole of the 2014 summer holidays.

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Gold Investors in People award for Leeds Metropolitan University: celebrating Well Met Conferencing 18 Dec 2013

Gold Investors in People award for Leeds Metropolitan University: celebrating Well Met ConferencingWell Met Conferencing is delighted to announce that Leeds Metropolitan University has achieved the prestigious Investors in People Gold Award.

Only seven per cent of Investors in People nationwide have gained the Gold standard, which supports organisations to transform business performance through people. Leeds Metropolitan University obtained the Bronze standard in 2012 and is one of only a handful of higher education institutions which have achieved Gold accreditation.

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Eastern Airways launches new route at Leeds Bradford 9 Dec 2013

Eastern Airways launches new route at Leeds BradfordEASTERN Airways will expand its routes in the new year to include flights between Leeds Bradford and Southampton.

According to Leeds Bradford, Southampton is an important city linking regional businesses in Yorkshire particularly in the finance, insurance, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and construction industries.

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Well Met Conferencing supports growing business with two new recruits 2 Dec 2013

Well Met Conferencing supports growing business with two new recruitsWell Met Conferencing is delighted to announce the appointment of two new Conference and Events Officers, Emma Gough and Clare Vidler. Their appointments reflect an uplift in the volume of enquiries and future bookings, including the University’s successful bid to bring 3000 delegates to Leeds for Teach First’s Summer Institute 2014 and 2015.

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Yorkshire becomes a stage to some of the UK’s acclaimed artists and art experts 26 Nov 2013

Yorkshire becomes a stage to some of the UK’s acclaimed artists and art expertsYorkshire-based Weetwood Hall Conference Centre & Hotel in Leeds will be hosting an Appreciating Aspects of Art Conference between 20th and 23rd August 2014 that will provide a unique opportunity for guests to immerse themselves in the art and architecture of Yorkshire, viewed from a series of unusual perspectives.

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War historian gives his life to making the voices of our veterans heard 26 Nov 2013

War historian gives his life to making the voices of our veterans heardAs the centenary for the outbreak of the First World War approaches, Dr Peter Liddle, fellow of the Royal Historical Society, is directing a First World War in retrospect Conference in order for like-minded enthusiasts to listen and perhaps gain a fresh perspective.

The Conference will see 19 eminent speakers share their knowledge and enthusiasm from a wide-range of topics and will be held at the Weetwood Hall Conference Centre and Hotel in Leeds from 28 July to 1 August 2014.

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Scandinavian service for Leeds Bradford 21 Nov 2013

Scandinavian service for Leeds BradfordLEEDS Bradford Airport is set to launch its first services to Scandinavia.

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Leeds universities Unite to Win Teach First’s Annual Residential Training Events 21 Nov 2013

Leeds universities Unite to Win Teach First’s Annual Residential Training EventsLeeds Metropolitan University and the University of Leeds have successfully bid to bring one of Teach First’s residential training events worth £5.5m to the city in 2014 and 2015.

Leeds’ two largest universities worked together to secure the University-based element of Teach First’s Summer Institute, a huge event which, in previous years, has taken place at the University of Warwick. Partners First Direct Arena, and accommodation providers Unite, Downing and Grey Star, will provide additional venue space and bedrooms for the delegates’ 28,000 bed nights.

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Science Museum Group creates new role for cross-site Northern venues team 14 Nov 2013

Science Museum Group creates new role for cross-site Northern venues teamRecord-breaking year for business tourism leads to team expansion.

The Science Museum Group (SMG) announces four new appointments within its commercial events team working across Northern-based venues, the National Railway Museum (NRM) in York, National Media Museum (NMeM) in Bradford and Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Manchester.

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Marriott Hollins Hall chosen to work in partnership with River Cottage 5 Nov 2013

Marriott Hollins Hall chosen to work in partnership with River CottagePassionate about local food? Then go to Yorkshire and stay at Hollins Hall, a Marriott Hotel & Country Club. Their new menus are inspired by River Cottage, a brand famous in the UK for championing food sustainability through its SLOW philosophy (seasonal, local, organic and wild). Enjoy seasonal, free range and organic produce that’s not just local and sustainable, but fabulously delicious too.

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Leeds City Region LEP gives green light to Hilton Hotel 4 Nov 2013

The Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has today approved funding for the Leeds Arena Hilton Hotel which is to be developed and owned by GB Group and is set to become a destination hotel within the region.

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Ride Le Route and Support Cycling with Award Winning Rudding Park 31 Oct 2013

Ride Le Route and Support Cycling with Award Winning Rudding ParkThe world’s largest annual sporting event – The Tour de France - starts in Yorkshire on 5 & 6 July 2014. Award winning Rudding Park, Harrogate have created a Ride le Route experience combining the challenge of cycling Stage One of the Grand Depart with a stay at the ‘Number One Hotel in the UK’ whilst supporting a good cause.

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New Business Concept for Yorkshire 29 Oct 2013

New Business Concept for YorkshirePeter Chubb, Development Director at Weetwood Hall Conference Centre and Hotel, Leeds, has created a forward thinking concept to bring conferences to life during this tough business market.

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O2 Media Awards Yorkshire and Humber held at Leeds Metropolitan University’s The Rose Bowl 19 Sep 2013

Well Met Conferencing’s flagship venue, the Rose Bowl, hosted media professionals and special guests including cricket legend Dickie Bird, ITV Calendar news presenter Duncan Wood, and Emmerdale stars Alicya Eyo, Nicola Wheeler and Kelli Hollis, at the O2 Media Awards Yorkshire and Humber on 5 September.

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Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts becomes first full hotel portfolio to be awarded AIM Gold in the UK 19 Aug 2013

Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, the upscale, contemporary hotel brand owned by PPHE Hotel Group, has become the first full portfolio of hotels to be awarded AIM Gold, the highest level of the industry’s national standard, in recognition of its meetings facilities and services across the UK.

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Rebrand for ALCC 30 Jul 2013

The loved and well-known conference venue of the Abundant Life Conference Centre situated in the heart of the city of Bradford is excited to announce new branding for Summer 2013.

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Diabetes Discovery Weekend held at Leeds Metropolitan University 25 Jul 2013

Junior Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the type 1 diabetes charity, has joined forces with Getting Sorted – Leeds Metropolitan University’s award-winning diabetes enterprise unit – to host an innovative residential camp for families with type 1 diabetes. The event, called Type 1 Discovery Weekend, will be hosted by Well Met Conferencing and will run from 16 to 18 August.

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A First for Leeds: Conference Centre Accredited Healthcare Commendation 18 Jul 2013

A First for Leeds: Conference Centre Accredited Healthcare CommendationWeetwood Hall Conference Centre and Hotel has been awarded the prestigious ‘Green’ status by the independent healthcare meetings consultancy Compliant Venues in demonstrating their investment in training and the relevance of the conference centres facilities to meetings and events for the healthcare sector.

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Weetwood Hall Awarded Top Honour in Leeds Hospitality Awards 3 Jul 2013

Weetwood Hall Awarded Top Honour in Leeds Hospitality AwardsWeetwood Hall Conference Centre and Hotel has been awarded the title of ‘Top Team’ in front of hundreds of its peers at the annual Leeds Hotels and Venues Awards, celebrating the work of staff in the hospitality sector.

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Chambre Unique: De Vere Hotels invests £600K in Oulton Hall 25 Jun 2013

Chambre Unique: De Vere Hotels invests £600K in Oulton HallDe Vere Hotels, has ploughed £600K into its flagship Yorkshire venue, Oulton Hall as part of a revamp for the 18th century country manor house hotel.

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Intelligent cities, internet plumbing and big data: Well Met hosts Intelligent Cities Conference 24 Jun 2013

Intelligent cities, internet plumbing and big data: Well Met hosts Intelligent Cities ConferenceRohut Talwar, a top global futurist was amongst the speakers at the Intelligent Cities conference this week, an event that explored how technology will make the cities of the future smarter and better to live in. The conference, organised by Next Gen Events took place at Well Met’s flagship venue, The Rose Bowl on 19 June.

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Well Met Conferencing co-hosts ‘Leeds Big Sleepover’ 10 Jun 2013

Well Met Conferencing at Leeds Metropolitan University today announces that it will be co- hosting the first ever ‘Leeds Big Sleepover,’ a familiarisation trip organised by Leeds Hotel and Venues Association (LHVA) from Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th June 2013.

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Need an expert for your event? Well Met Conferencing announces ‘Find an Expert’ service 25 May 2013

Need an expert for your event? Well Met Conferencing announces ‘Find an Expert’ serviceOver 63% of delegates say that relevant content contributes to a successful event and one of the main reasons conferences are cancelled is a lack of delegates. Well Met Conferencing this week announces the re-designed ‘Find an Expert’ service provided by Leeds Metropolitan University. A searchable online database of the University’s academics, including ‘featured experts’ and keywords for each academic’s area of expertise, this popular service is now easier to use.

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Viva Las Vegas in Leeds! The Annual Conference and Hospitality Show Ends on a High 1 May 2013

Viva Las Vegas in Leeds! The Annual Conference and Hospitality Show Ends on a HighThere was no need for the umbrellas when the sun shone at this year’s Conference and Hospitality Show in Leeds. The Show, which is the only Meetings Industry Expo outside of London, was held on Tuesday 30th April at the Centenary Pavilion Leeds, and was attended by over 600 Meetings Industry Professionals from across the UK who enjoyed the spring sunshine and hospitality on offer.

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Leeds shows it is an arena to deliver success to Business Visitors 30 Apr 2013

Leeds and Partners boosted the case for business visitors to make the most of the city at the UK’s only national meeting and events show outside of London which starts today [30th April].

Delegates to the UK Conference and Hospitality Show were welcomed on a special tour of some of the city’s newest developments to highlight the forward looking and ambitious attitude which makes Leeds an increasingly well-thought of venue for conferences and corporate hospitality.

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CHS Group set to grow Conference and Hospitality Show for Fourth Consecutive Year 17 Apr 2013

CHS Group set to grow Conference and Hospitality Show for Fourth Consecutive YearCHS Group is planning to achieve record attendance figures at this year’s Conference and Hospitality show exceeding previous years’ growth by an anticipated 10% per cent. Following a rise in pre-ticket registration for this year’s event - to be held on 30th April in the Centenary Pavilion at Leeds United Football Club, Elland Road – attendance looks ready to exceed expectations.

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A 'Formidable Partnership' announced for the Events Industry 4 Apr 2013

A 'Formidable Partnership' announced for the Events Industry**Conference and Hospitality Show partners with The Meetings Show for April Event.**

The Conference and Hospitality Show, the largest Meetings Industry exhibition outside of London has announced it is to work with newly launched, London based The Meetings Show UK to deliver its VIP buyer programme when the show takes place on 30th April in Leeds.

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This Easter, Rudding Park will be Handing Out the Golden Tickets 18 Mar 2013

This Easter, Rudding Park will be Handing Out the Golden TicketsAward-winning Rudding Park is celebrating Easter with chocolate. Every guest will receive a chocolate bar and one lucky guest will find the winning golden ticket!

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Monarch Airlines' Expansion Continues with New Aircraft Delivery 15 Mar 2013

Leading scheduled leisure airline, Monarch has today taken delivery of a new Airbus A320 aircraft. The aircraft forms part of the airline’s expansion programme which will see the fleet grow in size from 32 aircraft in 2012, to 38 during this financial year to October 2013.

The new aircraft will be based at Leeds Bradford airport where Monarch is about to start its first full summer programme of flying to twelve new destinations. A second similar A320, to be delivered in April, will also be based at Leeds Bradford.

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Fresh look for Weetwood Hall's Website 13 Mar 2013

Fresh look for Weetwood Hall's WebsiteWeetwood Hall Conference Centre & Hotel, Leeds has launched a new and vibrant website today: www.weetwood.co.uk

The Conference Centre and Hotel has created a contemporary look to its website, adding more features, new images, and updated copy to coincide with a number of developments the hotel is going through, making Weetwood Hall’s website more user-friendly and easy to navigate around.

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CHS Group Shortlisted for Exhibition News Award 5 Mar 2013

CHS Group Shortlisted for Exhibition News AwardThe CHS Group is delighted to announce that they have been shortlisted for ‘Best New Organiser Team’ at the National Exhibition News awards.

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Rudding Park Chef Competes in the BBC's funniest 'Great Bristish Menu' Yet 12 Feb 2013

Rudding Park Chef Competes in the BBC's funniest 'Great Bristish Menu' YetRudding Park’s Consultant Chef, Stephanie Moon, will feature on BBC Two’s popular series Great British Menu. Stephanie Moon is competing in the North East regional heat which transmits from Monday 18 February to Friday 22 February at 7.30pm on BBC Two. This year Great British Menu Does Comic Relief.

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Good food to match great dance at Northern Ballet 11 Feb 2013

Good food to match great dance at Northern BalletNorthern Ballet has engaged Egg Catering as its chosen catering partner. Egg Catering will run the café as well as provide catering for events at Northern Ballet’s headquarters on Quarry Hill which it shares with Phoenix Dance Theatre.

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Raising the bar for service: The Conference and Hospitality Show Launch 11 Feb 2013

Raising the bar for service: The Conference and Hospitality Show LaunchFed up with a mediocre experience as a visitor to many MICE exhibitions, the owners of the Conference and Hospitality Show have launched a new and innovative “Expo Concierge” Service. The Expo Concierge Service aims to offer every visitor to the Show a tailor made experience with customer care of the highest standard.

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Award-Winning Luxury Rudding Park puts Yorkshire on the World Map 15 Jan 2013

Award-Winning Luxury Rudding Park puts Yorkshire on the World MapHarrogate’s Rudding Park Hotel, Spa & Golf has been voted ‘Number One Hotel in the UK’, ‘Second in the Top Hotels of Europe’ and ‘Fourth in the Top Hotels of the World’ in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2013.

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More Awards for the Days Inn Hotel Wetherby 3 Jan 2013

For the 2nd year running, and putting Wetherby (Yorkshire) on the map, once again, The Days Inn Hotel Wetherby has won 2 awards just last week, for "Hotel of the year" and "Guest Satisfaction" form the Wyndham Hotel Group for the whole of Europe, Middle East and Africa.

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Further boost for regional economy as British Airways flight to Heathrow returns 6 Dec 2012

Further boost for regional economy as British Airways flight to Heathrow returnsTHE first British Airways flights from Leeds to London Heathrow in three decades will take off this week, boosting the region’s economy by £10 million a year.

The daily service restores a vital global connection for local businesses while enhancing the city’s attraction for inward investors.

Flights will be timed to offer convenient onward connections enabling Yorkshire based customers to fly from Leeds Bradford Airport to destinations including Hong Kong, New York, Johannesburg, Singapore and Sydney.

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ALEA Restaurants are Awarded Prestigioud Place in the 2013 Michelin Guide 23 Oct 2012

The Leeds Kitchen by James Martin and The Bird by Vineet – based in the stunning Alea, Leeds, on Clarence Dock – are delighted to announce their inclusion in the 2013 Michelin Guide. Beating off stiff competition, this is the first time a UK casino has had their restaurants incorporated in the prestigious publication, which in itself is a huge honour.

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Hilton Leeds City Announces Completion of £3m Bedroom Renovation 1 Oct 2012

The Hilton Leeds City has announced it has completed the bedroom renovation programme.
“We have now completed the fully renovation of all bedrooms and bathrooms in Hilton Leeds City. This restores the hotel back to its premier position in Leeds as a 4 star accommodation provider" said Steven hall, General Manager of the hotel.

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Stylish and Comfortable New Leeds Meeting Room at the Leeds Marriott 3 Sep 2012

Stylish and Comfortable New Leeds Meeting Room at the Leeds MarriottLeeds Marriott Hotel has undergone a refit of two of its meeting rooms. Following the £600,000 transformation of its bar and restaurant this spring, creating a new meeting room in Leeds for delegates who want to meet in style & comfort. The Trevelyan Suite is named after the square the meeting room overlooks.

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Leeds to benefit from national investment to boost jobs and grow visitor economy 30 Aug 2012

Marketing Leeds has secured over £500,000 of funding from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund to grow tourism to Leeds, increase visitor spend and boost employment in the sector.

The funding is part of ‘Growing Tourism Locally’, a three-year programme coordinated by national tourist board VisitEngland, which is expected to create over 300 new jobs in the city.

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Suite on the street! Park Plaza Leeds brings new suites to Leeds’ public in City Square 20 Jul 2012

To celebrate the launch of an extensive refurbishment project on the 19 July, Park Plaza Leeds today took a suite to the street, creating a replica of one of its new hotel suites, showcasing their new and excellent standards to people passing through Leeds’ City Square. The Park Plaza Hotel team recreated the suite down to the smallest detail; from the carpeted floor, bed with headboard, flat screen TV, telephone, side tables, lounge chairs, coffee table, crisp linen, plump pillows, scatter cushions and the new and original art work displayed on easels by Leeds College of Art Students, who won a competition earlier this year to have their work displayed in the hotel.

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Well Met Ambassadors reach new heights thanks to team building partnership 19 Jul 2012

Well Met Ambassadors reach new heights thanks to team building partnershipWell Met Conferencing at Leeds Metropolitan University rewarded their ambassadors recently with an exclusive evening of team-building led by their in-house specialists, Carnegie Great Outdoors. The group then enjoyed fine dining in Well Met’s prestigious 4-star residence, Queenswood.

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Conference Leeds crafts a great impression for forthcoming exhibition 18 Jul 2012

Conference Leeds crafts a great impression for forthcoming exhibitionConference Leeds - the super convention bureau for Leeds & West Yorkshire - is delighted to have secured the Trident Exhibitions Creative Crafts Show, to be hosted in Saviles Hall at Royal Armouries International from the 18-20 October 2012.

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The Cooking School See's Stars! 2 Jul 2012

The Cooking School at Dean Clough has been shortlisted as a finalist in the prestigious White Rose Awards for Tourism for 2012 with Welcome to Yorkshire.

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New Direct Flights from Leeds Bradford to Heathrow 27 Jun 2012

New Direct Flights from Leeds Bradford to HeathrowBritish Airways is to start four-times-a-day flights from Leeds Bradford Airport to Heathrow.

The daily service will give business and leisure customers the opportunity to connect with British Airways' extensive global network from Heathrow.

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Weetwood Hall makes two new senior management appointments 26 Jun 2012

Weetwood Hall Conference Centre & Hotel has made two new senior appointments within its existing management team.

Deputy General Manager, Michael Longstaff will be promoted to General Manager of the Conference Centre & Hotel and General Manager Peter Chubb will be appointed to the new position of Development Director.

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Diamond Jubilee ‘Elizabeth Sponge’ Cooked up in Calderdale 30 May 2012

A Business for Calderdale networking event in Calderdale will see the launch of a specially commissioned ‘Elizabeth Sponge’. Focus on Food and The Cooking School at Dean Clough held a competition amongst its team of specialised food teachers and chefs to come up with a unique and delicious cake recipe to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee.

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Storm Jameson Court Residence wins a Bronze Award at the 2012 Visit England Award for Excellence 29 May 2012

Storm Jameson Court Residence wins a Bronze Award at the 2012 Visit England Award for ExcellenceThe University of Leeds’s Storm Jameson Court Residence has won a Bronze Award in the Access for All Tourism category at the prestigious Visit England Awards for Excellence 2012 Ceremony.

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A ‘Fabulous Feast’ in store for Leeds Met graduates thanks to Jamie Oliver partnership 24 May 2012

Leeds Metropolitan University is very excited to announce that it has joined up with Jamie Oliver’s event catering company, Fabulous Feasts, to deliver top quality catering for this year’s graduation ceremonies.

In a unique twist to typical university dining at graduations, Fabulous Feasts will create a pop-up venue for this year’s event which will be located on the Acre of Leeds Met’s leafy Headingley campus.

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Canadian Wheelchair Rugby Team visit for second training camp 3 May 2012

Canadian Wheelchair Rugby Team visit for second training campThe Canadian Wheelchair Rugby Team have just completed the second of their three pre-London 2012 training camps at the University of Leeds before travelling to London to take part in the Wheelchair Rugby Paralympic Test events held at the Olympic Park.

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World’s First Hands On Brontë Cooking Experience Comes to Yorkshire! 3 May 2012

The Cooking School at Dean Clough in Halifax is to offer a unique historical cooking experience. “Bake Like a Brontë” is thought to be the first hands-on Brontë cooking experience, being delivered in conjunction with the nearby Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth.

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An Inspector Calls: Holdsworth House wows mystery guest and becomes Halifax’s First Four Star Hotel 2 May 2012

An Inspector Calls: Holdsworth House wows mystery guest and becomes Halifax’s First Four Star HotelHalifax can now officially boast its first four star hotel after an AA inspector stayed unannounced at Holdsworth House Hotel & Restaurant last week.

Formerly a three-star hotel, the 39-bedroom property on the urban fringe of Halifax, was awarded the coveted rating, which confirms its position in the luxury Yorkshire hotel market.

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The University of Leeds' Storm Jameson Court Residence is a finalist in the 2012 VisitEngland Awards 1 May 2012

The University of Leeds' Storm Jameson Court Residence is a finalist in the 2012 VisitEngland AwardsThe University of Leeds’s Storm Jameson Court Residence, providing accommodation for conferences on campus, under the Meetinleeds brand, has been named as a finalist in the Access for All Tourism Award category of the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2012.

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Loganair Steps In to Guarantee Vital Air Link Between Scotland and West Yorkshire 23 Apr 2012

Loganair, Scotland’s Airline, has stepped in to guarantee the future of a vital link between Scotland and Yorkshire, following the announcement by bmi British Midland that it is withdrawing its long-standing service.

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Brand New Family Cooking at The Cooking School at Dean Clough 16 Apr 2012

The Cooking School at Dean Clough is offering, for the first time, a family cooking class for children and adults to participate in at the same time. For over 12 months, the hugely successful Junior and Teens Chef’s club has been offering Budding Jamies and Nigellas the chance to get stuck into cooking at the state of the art Dean Clough facility.

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Meetings Industry Heavyweights head to Leeds 11 Apr 2012

Meetings Industry Heavyweights head to LeedsOrganisers of the Conference and Hospitality Show have announced that several of the UK’s top Meetings Industry Figures are heading to Leeds this month to take part in the annual Show.

The one day show taking place on Thursday 26th April at Leeds United Football Club is aimed at attracting Meeting and Event Planners from across the UK and features over 100 hotels, venues and industry suppliers who are exhibiting from across the North and Scotland, a strong seminar programme and even an appearance from celebrated chef, Yorkshire born James Martin.

Show organisers, Event Management 360, have announced that the Show will commence with a VIP breakfast meeting at which the keynote speaker will be James Berresford, the Chief Executive of Visit England, the organisation responsible for marketing England as a visitor destination.

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NHS Chief Executive Well Met for Allied Health Professionals Conference 10 Apr 2012

Last week (Wednesday 28th March 2012) Well Met Conferencing at Leeds Metropolitan University successfully hosted the Allied Health Professionals (AHP) Conference at the elegant Gandhi Hall.

Over 200 delegates took to their seats for the conference to hear key-note speeches from Sir David Nicholson, NHS Chief Executive and Chief Executive of the National Commissioning Board Authority and Karen Middleton, Chief Health Professions Officer.

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Rudding Park Named as a Finalist in the Visit England Awards for Excellence 10 Apr 2012

Rudding Park Named as a Finalist in the Visit England Awards for ExcellenceHarrogate’s Rudding Park Hotel, Spa & Golf has been named as a finalist in the ‘Hotel of the Year’ category of the nationwide VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2012.

These prestigious awards take place on 22 May 2012 and Rudding Park will be guaranteed to receive a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Highly Commended Award.

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Well Met Conferencing highlights its variety at Leeds’ Conference & Hospitality Show 30 Mar 2012

Well Met Conferencing highlights its variety at Leeds’ Conference & Hospitality ShowWell Met Conferencing will be showcasing its diversity on Thursday 26 April 2012 when they exhibit at the Conference and Hospitality Show at Leeds United Football Club’s Centenary Pavilion.

Delegates attending the show will have the opportunity to learn about the wide assortment of facilities on offer, from quintessential university accommodation and 4-star luxury residence to small and large conference suites and team-building escapes.

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Historic Leeds Bar Looks to the Future with Major Refurbishment 27 Mar 2012

The historic John T’s Bar on Boar Lane, which is part of the Marriott Leeds Hotel, has undergone an exciting £500,000 transformation. This familiar Leeds landmark, which first opened as the Trevelyan Temperance Hotel in 1871, will reopen on 12 March 2012 as 1871 Bar & Lounge, creating a stylish new destination for discerning drinkers and Leeds taste makers.

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Twitterers for Conference and Hospitality Show can Win a City Break to Milan 27 Mar 2012

Twitterers for Conference and Hospitality Show can Win a City Break to MilanTwitterers who tweet about this years Conference and Hospitality Show are in with a chance of winning a city break to Milan.

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New First Class Lounge Launches at London King's Cross Station 26 Mar 2012

East Coast opens its doors to striking new facility

East Coast was joined by former Olympic gold medallist Jonathan Edwards at an event to mark the opening of its new First Class Lounge at London King’s Cross station.

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“Mini Show experience” for Busy PA's at the Conference and Hospitality Show 2012 23 Mar 2012

“Mini Show experience” for Busy PA's at the Conference and Hospitality Show 2012Are you a P.A. who organises Events? If so, the Conference and Hospitality Show has introduced a range of activities for the busy P.A. at this year’s Show.

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Well Met Conferencing launch exclusive Prom Package 2 Mar 2012

Well Met Conferencing at Leeds Metropolitan University has launched three exciting new packages for end-of-year school and university proms at its picturesque venue, Gandhi Hall.

Starting from just £18.50 per person, each package includes, dedicated event management throughout, refreshments, a DJ, dance floor, limousine drop off point and bar facilities for the over eighteens. The grounds also make the picture-perfect location for some memorable photography.

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New Hosted Buyer Programme Revealed for Conference and Hospitality Show 2012 28 Feb 2012

New Hosted Buyer Programme Revealed for Conference and Hospitality Show 2012The Conference and Hospitality Show has revealed plans for an enhanced Hosted Buyer programme for this year’s Conference and Hospitality Show. The programme which allows for more Event Planners than ever to register as VIP visitors to the Show has been enhanced due to an increase in demand.

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Well Met aims for top marks at National Awards 27 Feb 2012

Well Met aims for top marks at National AwardsWell Met Conferencing, the conference office for Leeds Metropolitan University, is waiting in anticipation for the Meetings & Incentive Travel (M&IT) Industry Awards on the 5 March 2012 where they have been shortlisted in the ‘Best Academic Venue’ category.

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A Golden Double Whammy for Weetwood Hall 27 Feb 2012

A Golden Double Whammy for Weetwood HallWeetwood Hall Conference Centre & Hotel in Leeds, West Yorkshire is one of only two venues in the country to be re-accredited with the prestigious AIM Gold accreditation from the Meetings Industry Association (MIA).

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The Cooking School at International Confex for the First Time 20 Feb 2012

The Cooking School will be taking a delicious demonstration to International Confex in March 2012. Exhibiting with Conference Leeds on the Welcome to Yorkshire stand for the first time ever, Executive Head Chef Matthew Benson Smith will be demonstrating a quirky and delicious Chocolate and Raspberry Soup. Visitors to the stand will be able to see the demonstration of the soup and try it, maybe even taking some home.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Leeds City Centre Voted One of the UK's Top 10 Trendiest Hotels 14 Feb 2012

DoubleTree by Hilton Leeds City Centre Voted One of the UK's Top 10 Trendiest HotelsDoubleTree by Hilton Leeds City Centre, formally the Mint Hotel Leeds, has been recognised as one of the UK’s Top 10 trendiest hotels at the TripAdvisorTravellers’ Choice 2012 awards.

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Distinguished Trio of Chefs Create a Stir at the Conference and Hospitality Show 2012 9 Feb 2012

Distinguished Trio of Chefs Create a Stir at the Conference and Hospitality Show 2012Celebrated chefs across the North of England are coming together for the first time to demonstrate their culinary skills at the Conference and Hospitality Show. Organisers of the Show – Event Management 360 – were delighted when three of the UK’s most distinguished chefs agreed to appear at the one day show to demonstrate to Meeting and Events Planners how to make their Event catering stand out from the crowd.

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Yorkshire Mafia Conference at the Royal Armouries - 21 & 22 March 2012 24 Jan 2012

Yorkshire Mafia Conference at the Royal Armouries - 21 & 22 March 2012With 150 exhibitors, 3000 delegates and a host of great keynote speakers YMC 2012 is quite simply the biggest and best full-blown B2B conference in the North of England.

The Royal Armouries Museum is delighted to be hosting YMC 2012.

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The Chambers Park Place Voted One of the UK's Top 10 Hotels by Tripadvisor Reviewers 23 Jan 2012

Boutique serviced apartments The Chambers have been crowned the 7th best place to stay in the UK in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards. Already at the number 1 spot for Leeds hotels, the luxury residences are now recognised amongst the best in the country.

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Exciting Changes Announced for the 2012 Conference and Hospitality Show 18 Jan 2012

Exciting Changes Announced for the 2012 Conference and Hospitality ShowThe Conference and Hospitality Show (CHS 12) is bigger and better than ever in 2012 and registration to attend is now open.

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Weekends away at Well Met Conferencing 4 Jan 2012

Well Met Conferencing at Leeds Metropolitan University is offering an unbeatable accommodation offer for 2012 at their award-winning venue, Carnegie Village.

For just £40 single occupancy and £50 double occupancy, guests can enjoy a two night break (weekend only) at this beautiful university setting complete with an en-suite double bedroom, flat screen TV as well as complimentary toiletries and a comfort tray.

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Kaplan International Colleges are Well Met by Carnegie Village 12 Dec 2011

KAPLAN, one of the world’s leading providers of education, has chosen Well Met Conferencing’s Carnegie Village at Leeds Metropolitan University as their accommodation of choice for their 2012 summer school.

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New Terminal Construction at Leeds Bradford Airport Begins 7 Dec 2011

• Transformation of passenger terminal facilities - development plans unveiled.
• £11 million investment to be ready in summer 2012.
• Over 100 construction jobs sustained in the Leeds City Region.
• ‘Best in class’ facilities to drive inward investment and boost inbound tourism.

Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) today, (Tuesday 6th December, 2011), announced the commencement of works on the next major stage of its passenger terminal development, with an £11 million construction project to deliver impressive new facilities and a significantly improved passenger experience.

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East Stand Redevelopment at Leeds United 23 Nov 2011

East Stand Redevelopment at Leeds UnitedWork is steaming ahead on the first phase of the multi-million pound East Stand redevelopment at Elland Road, the home of Leeds United Football Club.

A brand new floor has been created offering luxury executive boxes and two modern, high specification event spaces.

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It's Wunderbar! - Jet2.com Launches Region's Only Direct Route to Berlin 10 Nov 2011

The North’s leading leisure airline, Jet2.com, has today launched Yorkshire’s only direct scheduled service from Leeds Bradford International Airport to the German capital of Berlin.

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Leeds University Union hosts the first ever NUS Students’ Unions Conference 8 Nov 2011

During the summer, Leeds University Union hosted the first ever NUS Students’ Unions Conference, where 400 delegates descended on the Union.

Not only did this provide the opportunity for other Student Unions’ to come and revel in the glory of the City's two time SUEI gold award winning Union but it marked the unveiling of Leeds University Union’s new, top of the range, creative meeting rooms.

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Leeds Jumps to 4th in the UK for Conferences and Events 8 Nov 2011

A new report just out reveals that Leeds is now the 4th most popular destination in the UK for conferences and events.

The annual British Meetings & Events Industry Survey (BMEIS) 2011/12 – which provides valuable research into the buying trends of event organisers – reveals that Leeds has jumped up the top 20 destination leader board for conference and events, now ranking 4th in the UK ahead of the likes of Liverpool, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

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Ryanair Adds 3rd Aircraft to Leeds Bradford Base and 6 New Routes 7 Nov 2011

Ryanair Adds 3rd Aircraft to Leeds Bradford Base and 6 New RoutesRyanair, the world’s favourite airline, today (3rd Nov) announced that it will base a third aircraft at Leeds Bradford airport for summer 2012 which will allow Ryanair to add six new routes (26 in total) from Leeds Bradford to Chania (Crete), Corfu, Dinard, Kos, Milan (Bergamo) and Tenerife and extend its popular Kaunas and Riga routes to its summer 2012 schedule. Ryanair’s 26 routes (and three based aircraft) will deliver over 900,000 passengers p.a. at Leeds Bradford Airport, sustaining 900 jobs.

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Top Accreditation for Leeds 2 Nov 2011

Top Accreditation for Leeds46 universities are currently given star ratings for accommodation quality by VisitEngland, but Storm Jameson Court, at The University of Leeds, is the first campus accommodation in the UK to be rated by VisitEngland under the National Accessible Scheme (NAS) – and the building received the highest possible level of accreditation.

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Bradford crowned Curry Capital 2011 1 Nov 2011

Bradford has clinched the Curry Capital of Britain 2011 after beating off its close rival Glasgow.

In a real coup for the city the Bradford bid saw off other strong contenders such as Leicester, Birmingham and Manchester and ultimately beat last year's winner Glasgow in a closely fought battle.

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Top Business School in the North Announces Exciting New Conference Facilities 27 Oct 2011

Top Business School in the North Announces Exciting New Conference FacilitiesThe University of Bradford has launched brand new accommodation and dining services for events at Heaton Mount, part of its School of Management campus.

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Well Met Conferencing to Showcase Success and Special Offers at CIPD 24 Oct 2011

Well Met Conferencing to Showcase Success and Special Offers at CIPDWell Met Conferencing, the conference office for Leeds Metropolitan University, has a great deal to showcase at this year’s CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition.

The event, which takes place from the 8-10 November at Manchester Central, will see Well Met Conferencing exhibiting with academic venue specialists, Venuemasters, on stand 4015. Well Met will be showcasing its award-winning and unique venues, especially its venues perfect for training sessions, to HR specialists. The Well Met team will also be promoting their special Pay As You Go Offer and will give out a number of goodies to delegates visiting the stand.

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Leeds United to Open Museum at Elland Road 20 Oct 2011

Leeds United to Open Museum at Elland RoadLeeds United Football Club is to open its own museum in the newly-redeveloped East Stand of its home ground in spring 2012.

Hundreds of items of the Yorkshire club’s memorabilia will be on display, including old trophies, historical documents, shirts and scarves, and gifts presented to the club before European games.

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Park Plaza Leeds Unveils Major Refurbishment with Updated Guest Rooms and Redesigned Lobby 19 Oct 2011

Park Plaza Leeds Unveils Major Refurbishment with Updated Guest Rooms and Redesigned LobbyPark Plaza Leeds hotel has unveiled redesigned guest rooms and suites, and a renovated lobby and public areas resulting from a £2 million refurbishment project.

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Rudding Park Wins 'Large Hotel of the Year' 17 Oct 2011

Rudding Park Wins 'Large Hotel of the Year'Harrogate’s Rudding Park Hotel, Spa & Golf won Yorkshire’s ‘Large Hotel of the Year’ at The White Rose Awards last night and now go on to represent Yorkshire at the Visit England Awards for Excellence.

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Holdsworth House Partners with Leading Dean Clough Cooking School to Crown Yorkshire Master Chefs 14 Oct 2011

Holdsworth House Partners with Leading Dean Clough Cooking School to Crown Yorkshire Master ChefsThe Bronte Country hotel Holdsworth House has teamed up with the world-class Cooking School at Dean Clough, Halifax to offer colleagues of Yorkshire businesses the chance to take part in Masterchef style cook-offs.

Through the innovative new partnership, companies will be able to add a unique team building element to meetings, which will not only test their mental and physical stamina but also their taste buds and culinary skills – and support the Cooking School, which is a registered charity.

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Weetwood Roars with Pride 11 Oct 2011

Weetwood Roars with PrideWeetwood Hall, has recently adopted a pride of lions at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Pride leader Johnny Junior, is one of the younger lions at the Wildlife Park, followed by the rest of the magnificent female lioness’s that live with Johnny: Frieda, Crystal, Julie and Carla.

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New Venue Manager at the Yorkshire Event Centre 10 Oct 2011

New Venue Manager at the Yorkshire Event CentreThe Yorkshire Event Centre team has been strengthened by the arrival of Richard Moorhouse, who takes on the role of Venue Manager. Richard’s career began in large scale catering including the famous St Leger; he worked in AV and then moved into venue management, most recently working in Hull.

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The Leeds Mal is Now Even Bigger 5 Oct 2011

The Leeds Mal is Now Even BiggerThe charismatic boutique hotel has increased the meeting and events space to accommodate parties of up to 80 delegates theatre style or 60 for a sit down dinner.

The same stylish interior with warm tone; creating an inspiring setting to take care of business. The expanded space means the hotel has six bespoke meeting and private event rooms. Each of the air-conditioned rooms has natural daylight, complimentary wifi and can be adapted to accommodate all requirements.

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Success of Well Met Ambassador Scheme Celebrated at Exclusive Awards Dinner 5 Oct 2011

Success of Well Met Ambassador Scheme Celebrated at Exclusive Awards DinnerWell Met Conferencing recently hosted an awards dinner to celebrate the success of the University’s Ambassador Programme. The dinner was the first one of its kind for Well Met Conferencing, welcoming over 120 guests including Ambassadors, the Right Worshipful Lord Mayor of Leeds and members of the region’s tourism office, Welcome to Yorkshire.

The conference Ambassador Programme is an innovative and award-winning scheme that aims to encourage staff and colleagues in the city to become "Ambassadors", and actively promote Leeds Metropolitan University's conference and events facilities to associations, organisations and societies of which they are members.

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Signs of Recovery for Business Tourism in Leeds and West Yorkshire as Figures Reveal Growth in 2010 29 Sep 2011

Signs of Recovery for Business Tourism in Leeds and West Yorkshire as Figures Reveal Growth in 2010A new report suggests there are signs of recovery for Leeds’ business tourism industry.

The annual UK Events Markets Trends Survey (UKEMTS) – which collates data supplied by venues across the country – reveals that Leeds and West Yorkshire bucked the national trend in 2010, with across the board growth in the sector. more...

Yorkshire Sculpture Park Voted Yorkshire’s ‘Most Magnificent’ Attraction 26 Sep 2011

Yorkshire Sculpture Park Voted Yorkshire’s ‘Most Magnificent’ AttractionAfter weeks of public voting, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) has been named Yorkshire’s ‘Most Magnificent Attraction’, beating over 100 other popular Yorkshire venues to this prestigious accolade.

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Brit's' Ice Cream Love Affair Attracting Global Interest at UK Expo 23 Sep 2011

Britain's love of ice cream is attracting exhibitors from across the world looking to take a share of the £1.3bn market.

The UK market remains strong despite increases in commodity prices and the industry's major event of the year - the Ice Cream Expo 2011 - is proving a major draw to companies large and small.

Organised by the Ice Cream Alliance, the event scheduled for 1-3 November at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate, is on course for another record breaking year.

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Unique Spa Experience at Award Winning Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate 22 Sep 2011

Unique Spa Experience at Award Winning Rudding Park Hotel, HarrogateImagine an en-suite steam room in your bedroom, a relaxing treatment in a luxury spa followed by a private film showing in a new 14 seat cinema. Award-winning Rudding Park Hotel in Harrogate has opened its much anticipated new Follifoot Wing including a spa, gym, 14 seat private cinema and 48 luxurious bedrooms making this unique spa experience a reality.

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Rudding Park Launches new Cinema with 'Food and Flicks' Night 22 Sep 2011

Rudding Park Launches new Cinema with 'Food and Flicks' NightAward-winning Rudding Park in Harrogate has opened its new 14 seat cinema. To celebrate, a new ‘Food and Flicks Night’ – where you can enjoy a two course dinner in Clocktower followed by free cinema for £25.50 – will run every Monday evening.

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The National Media Museum Launches Multi-purpose Events Space 21 Sep 2011

The National Media Museum Launches Multi-purpose Events SpaceThe National Media Museum (NMeM) in Bradford has enhanced its award-winning facilities for corporate and private events with the launch of Room at the Top. Available for exclusive hire from the beginning of October 2011, this brand-new versatile events space can accommodate up to 80 guests for conferences, formal dining, receptions and weddings.

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EUPRERA Congress Brings International Speakers to Well Met’s Rose Bowl 21 Sep 2011

EUPRERA Congress Brings International Speakers to Well Met’s Rose BowlWell Met Conferencing’s flagship venue the Rose Bowl welcomed over 200 delegates from over 30 countries last week (8-10 September) for the European Public Relations Education Association and Research (EUPRERA) Annual Congress 2011. Following a successful conference in Finland in 2010, the congress made its way to Yorkshire for the first time.

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New Showcase Launched for Independent Venues 15 Sep 2011

A new showcase has been launched for Independent Venues to take place at award-winning Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate in North Yorkshire on Monday 26 September. This inaugural event has proved so popular for buyers and exhibitors alike that it has almost sold out.

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New Location for Conference & Hospitality Show 2012 Announced to cope with increase in demand! 14 Sep 2011

New Location for Conference & Hospitality Show 2012 Announced to cope with increase in demand!Organisers of the Conference and Hospitality Show, Event Management 360, have unveiled new plans to move the show to Leeds United Football Club in 2012 and the date has been set for Thursday April 26th. The bold move has been planned due to an increase in demand from exhibitors which include many of the UK’s top Hotel brands, conference venues and suppliers to the Meetings and Events Industry.

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Sustainable Green Tourism Silver Award for Weetwood Hall 7 Sep 2011

Sustainable Green Tourism Silver Award for Weetwood HallAward winning Weetwood Hall Conference Centre & Hotel in Leeds has received the silver award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) for their efforts in environmental and sustainable working practices.

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Best Western Guide Post Hotel Scoops Prestigous International Award 7 Sep 2011

Best Western Guide Post Hotel Scoops Prestigous International AwardBest Western Guide Post Hotel in Bradford has achieved the top ‘International Quality Award’ in its annual inspection by the Best Western group.

The award is only given to a few select hotels throughout the world that reach an exemplary level of quality. In fact, only 20 British hotels have achieved such an accolade.

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University of Leeds hosts Olympians 1 Sep 2011

University of Leeds hosts OlympiansThe University of Leeds, under its brand MeetinLeeds is proud to announce that it will be hosting training camps for two international London 2012 teams.

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Lights, Camera, Action at Well Met Conferencing 25 Aug 2011

Well Met Conferencing is becoming an increasingly popular choice for film and TV directors who are choosing the University’s venues as the setting for documentaries, serial dramas, lifestyle programmes and adaptations.

Recent productions have included Channel 4’s Red Riding, Sirens and Gok’s Teens ‘The Naked Truth’, BBC 1’s Chubby Children and ITV’s A Touch of Frost. Screen Yorkshire and various independent film companies have also chosen Well Met’s venues as a backdrop for their productions.

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Round Table Chooses Leeds for its Sporting Excellence 23 Aug 2011

Round Table Chooses Leeds for its Sporting ExcellenceConference Leeds, the super convention bureau for Leeds & West Yorkshire, is delighted to have secured the Round Table National Sporting Weekend 2011, to be hosted by The University of Leeds from the 2-4 September 2011.

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Chevin Country Park Hotel & Spa's Lakeside Restaurant Regains its AA Rosette 29 Jul 2011

Chevin Country Park Hotel & Spa's Lakeside Restaurant Regains its AA RosetteCrerar Hotels General Manager, Jurgen Kruijt, is delighted to announce that the Chevin Country Park Hotel & Spa’s Lakeside Restaurant has once again been awarded a much coveted AA Rosette. Jurgen and the hotel’s kitchen team of new Head Chef, Doug Elliman, and newly promoted Sous Chef, Gavin Marsden, are thrilled that their hard work has brought this result.

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Brit's Ice Cream Love Affair Attracting Global Interest at UK Expo 23 Jul 2011

Britain's love of ice cream is attracting exhibitors from across the world looking to take a share of the £1.3bn market.

The UK market remains strong despite increases in commodity prices and the industry's major event of the year - the Ice Cream Expo 2011 - is proving a major draw to companies large and small.

Organised by the Ice Cream Alliance, the event scheduled for 1-3 November at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate, is on course for another record breaking year.

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Leeds United's New Centenary Pavilion Outscores all Expectations! 20 Jul 2011

Leeds United's New Centenary Pavilion Outscores all Expectations!The groundbreaking Centenary Pavilion, which opened on the Leeds United football complex last November, has already surpassed the most optimistic hopes in terms of the volume and range of the business it has attracted.

A truly impressive spectrum of trade shows, company conferences, live music events, private dinners, Christmas parties and weddings have already benefited from the new dimensions that the Pavilion brings to the North of England venues sector.

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Enjoy a Slice of Local Leeds with Dine 18 Jul 2011

Enjoy a Slice of Local Leeds with DineCorporate events specialists Dine Hospitality, part of the Dine Group, is launching a brand new ethical corporate buffet menu at Leeds Town Hall. As well as tasting delicious, all items on the menu are sourced locally or from sustainable stocks, and even the packaging’s eco-friendly credentials have been improved.

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Bradford Tops All for Cheapest Parking 14 Jul 2011

Bradford Tops All for Cheapest ParkingThe Which? Survey for 2011 has revealed that Bradford is the cheapest city in the UK for parking, providing even more reasons why Bradford is an ideal place to hold corporate events and meetings.

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Bingley Hotel Receives AA Awards 15 Jun 2011

Bingley Hotel Receives AA AwardsThe Five Rise Locks Hotel and Restaurant, Bingley has been awarded an AA Rosette for its restaurant and a further star for the hotel, making it 3-star 'Small Hotel'.

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First Class Honours for Well Met 14 Jun 2011

First Class Honours for Well MetWell Met Conferencing is celebrating today after receiving the prestigious GOLD Accredited in Meetings (AIM) certification from the Meetings Industry Association (MIA).

Leeds Metropolitan University has become the first in the UK to achieve the Gold award and it puts Leeds on a par with London in boasting three venues with Gold AIM status.

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Mint Hotel Leeds Offers al Fresco Dining and British Barbeque to Celebrate Summer Season 8 Jun 2011

Mint Hotel Leeds Offers al Fresco Dining and British Barbeque to Celebrate Summer SeasonThis summer, diners in Leeds can enjoy one of the nation’s favourite pastimes, the great British barbeque, without having to stock up on buns and burgers or dread a pile of dirty dishes thanks to Mint Hotel Leeds, which is now offering a fantastic three course barbeque menu on its stunning waterside terrace.

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Well Met Conferencing Secures Bi-Annual Conference for Mountain Rescue 8 Jun 2011

Well Met Conferencing Secures Bi-Annual Conference for Mountain RescueWell Met Conferencing has secured the 2012 bi-annual conference for Mountain Rescue England & Wales which will see over 300 delegates descend on the Headingley Campus from the 7th-9th September. The high profile conference has been secured by Dr Mark Robinson, one of the many Ambassadors for the University.

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City Hotel Voted One of Best for Business 7 Jun 2011

City Hotel Voted One of Best for BusinessMINT Hotel Leeds has been named as the third best for business travel by discount hotels specialist LateRooms.com.

The list is based on a combination of reviews submitted by business customers online and the hotels that secure the most corporate bookings.

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Mint Hotel Leeds Sees Rise in Weddings as Urban Couples Choose City Setting to Tie the Knot 7 Jun 2011

Mint Hotel Leeds Sees Rise in Weddings as Urban Couples Choose City Setting to Tie the KnotIn the year that sees Kate and William marry in the UK’s capital, the popularity of a city centre wedding is on the rise as couples look to celebrate their special day in the cities in which they work, live and play.

Mint Hotel Leeds is finding that an increasing number of couples, from civil partnerships and young couples to second marriages, are choosing a city centre venue to create a modern, urban backdrop to their big day. Situated in the heart of the city centre just five minutes’ walk from the train station at the award-winning Granary Wharf development, Mint Hotel, which overlooks the Leeds Liverpool Canal, features a range of flexible event spaces which offer stunning views of the city skyline, providing a cosmopolitan setting for a wedding celebration.

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Howard Assemby Room is Now Available as an Events Space in Leeds 30 May 2011

Howard Assemby Room is Now Available as an Events Space in LeedsEvent organisers in Leeds looking for an original setting that goes beyond bland corporate spaces now have the opportunity to hire one of Leeds’ most attractive cultural venues. Steeped in history but offering a fresh and contemporary feel, the Howard Assembly Room in Leeds is now available for commercial hire. The stunning fully refurbished Victorian music hall, which reopened to the public in January 2009, is available from Spring 2011 for the first time as a venue for conferences, banquets, weddings and corporate events*.

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SHINE Conference & Business Centre Director - Dawn O'Keefe Wins Yorkshire Women of Acheivement Award 28 May 2011

SHINE Conference & Business Centre Director - Dawn O'Keefe Wins Yorkshire Women of Acheivement AwardSHINE – Conference and Business Centre is delighted to announce that one of their Co-Founders and Director, Dawn O’Keefe, is the winner of Yorkshire Woman of Achievement Award - Business Award 2011.

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Mint Hotel Leeds Wins Prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects Award 27 May 2011

Mint Hotel Leeds Wins Prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects AwardMint Hotel Leeds has been recognised for its architectural excellence in the Royal Institute of British Architects Awards (RIBA) 2011.

For 46 years, the RIBA Awards have reflected the health of British architecture and Mint Hotel Leeds demonstrates that even in constrained times, working with talented architects, can indeed achieve architectural excellence. Architectural company Allies and Morrison is creditable for the build along with main contractor Laing O’Rourke.

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Paul Rankin Cooks for Local Businesses 27 May 2011

Paul Rankin Cooks for Local BusinessesOn Wednesday 17 May, celebrity chef Paul Rankin worked with chefs at the University of Bradford’s School of Management to provide a fine dinning experience for a number of guests from local businesses.

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Well Met Conferencing Introduces The Grange 23 May 2011

Well Met Conferencing Introduces The GrangeWell Met Conferencing is proud to announce the addition of The Grange to its ever-increasing portfolio of award-winning conference and events venues.

Located on the picturesque Headingley Campus, just a short drive from Leeds city centre, The Grange is a listed building dating back to before the 16th century when it was originally used as a monastic grange as part of Kirkstall Abbey. Surrounded by 100 acres of parkland, this newly restored venue boasts a modern interior and includes two large conference rooms that are perfect for breakfast briefings, meetings, seminars and conferences for up to 20 boardroom style. The Grange is also well-suited to corporate clients looking for an away-day away from the hustle and bustle of Leeds city centre.

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Harewood launches ‘Living Inspiration’ concept with new corporate spaces 23 May 2011

Harewood launches ‘Living Inspiration’ concept with new corporate spacesHarewood House is famous as one of the great treasure houses of England. But clients such as Yorkshire Water, npower and ASDA know that it is one of the most distinctive, sophisticated and best equipped meetings, conference and events venues in the country.

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Celebrity Chef James Martin Opens New Restaurant at Alea Casino, Leeds 6 May 2011

Celebrity Chef James Martin Opens New Restaurant at Alea Casino, LeedsAlea Casino, Leeds, is delighted to announce that BBC celebrity chef James Martin, will be opening his first restaurant in the UK for over 10 years inside their prestigious Casino. Situated on Clarence Dock, the best of British eatery aptly named The Leeds Kitchen by James Martin is now open.

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MeetinLeeds puts the Customer First! 7 Apr 2011

MeetinLeeds puts the Customer First!Following a rigorous assessment process, the department running conferences at the University of Leeds, which operate under the MEETINLEEDS brand, has renewed its prestigious Customer First accreditation, building on the award first achieved two years ago, when they became the first such organisation in the country to achieve full compliance with the standard.

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Royal Armouries (International) plc Launches New Leeds Christmas Parties Website 7 Apr 2011

Royal Armouries (International) plc Launches New Leeds Christmas Parties WebsiteRoyal Armouries (International) plc’s brand new Christmas website www.christmaspartiesinleeds.co.uk goes live on Thursday 7th April, and the Director of Marketing Chris Owen predicts that it will quickly win a sizable piece of the fast-growing Yorkshire Christmas market… “Our bookers now come from nearly 70 miles away making Leeds an ideal destination for the office Christmas Party and a shopping trip to Leeds.”

The launch comes 3 months after recording their most successful Christmas Party nights in Dec 2010 the company has ever seen.

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Refurbishment to the Conference Facilities at Thackray Museum 24 Mar 2011

Refurbishment to the Conference Facilities at Thackray MuseumThackray Museum opened as a Workhouse 150 years ago on 28 March 1861. As part of the anniversary celebrations the conference suite has had a makeover.

The museum is housed in this beautifully restored Grade II Listed Victorian building and with its dramatic entrance hall and stairwell it will leave a lasting impression on your conference guests from the moment they arrive.

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MONOPOLY set for Bradford Revamp and Remake with unique Bronte, Film and Curry Twist! 23 Mar 2011

MONOPOLY set for Bradford Revamp and Remake with unique Bronte, Film and Curry Twist!Pass GO. Collect £200. Move directly to The National Media Museum or City Hall.

Bradford is to get its very own official MONOPOLY game based on its wonderful landmarks it has been announced.

London MONOPOLY makers say the new official MONOPOLY: Bradford Edition is coming about following the city recently being crowned the very first ‘UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) City of Film’ as well as officially becoming ‘England’s Curry Capital’.

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Success for Well Met’s Prestigious Accommodation - Queenswood 22 Mar 2011

Success for Well Met’s Prestigious Accommodation - QueenswoodWell Met Conferencing, the conference office for Leeds Metropolitan University, is celebrating the success of their newest residential addition, Queenswood, which is proving extremely popular with conference organisers and business travellers.

Situated on the picturesque Headingley Campus, Queenswood has been transformed to include four bedrooms at a 4 star equivalent standard, the grand dining room makes a perfect place for hosting private dining and the centre’s premium quality living space is ideal when hosting corporate away days or small residential events.

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Visit the Demo Zone and Hospitality Hour at the Conference & Hospitality Show 11 Mar 2011

Visit the Demo Zone and Hospitality Hour at the Conference & Hospitality ShowWe know your time is precious so the Conference and Hospitality Show is going to make your time out of the office worth while. Not only can you visit over 60 venues and suppliers to the event industry, but you can also visit The Demo Zone – an area of the show where you can see and experience first hand what some of our suppliers can offer your events. These not-to-be-missed demonstrations are:
• Flair Bartenders – Loved Cocktail? See it up close and personal!
• Kate Elizabeth’s Cup Cakes– ice your own or watch as these cakes are transformed
• Hotel du Vin’s Wine Experience – more than just a tasting, this Demo will fill you with wine knowledge!

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The 150th anniversary of the Leeds Union Workhouse and Chapel (Thackray Museum) 10 Mar 2011

The 150th anniversary of the Leeds Union Workhouse and Chapel (Thackray Museum)To mark the 150th anniversaries of their buildings, the Thackray Museum and St James’s University Hospital Chapel are holding commemorative events throughout 2011. Starting with a special day on Monday 28 March. This was the day when both the Leeds Union Workhouse (now the Thackray Museum) and the Chapel opened in 1861. Workhouse life was not intended to be pleasant; hard labour and harsh conditions meant that this lifestyle was very much a last resort!

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Yorkshire wins ‘Best Stand Activity’ at International Confex 10 Mar 2011

Yorkshire’s conference bureaus are celebrating success after winning the ‘Best Stand Activity’ award at International Confex. The impressive Yorkshire stand, which included Conference Leeds, Sheffield Convention Bureau (formerly Yorkshire South Tourism), York & Scarborough Conferences and Hull & East Yorkshire (HEY) Conferences, offered delegates a wide variety of activities and events during the three days ranging from a day at the races and vintage afternoon tea to weekend break competitions and custom fragranced beauty products.

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Yorkshire hits over £15 million in conference sales 7 Mar 2011

Yorkshire hits over £15 million in conference salesYorkshire’s conference bureaux’ are celebrating further success this week after they reached over £15 million* in conference sales. The figure follows an impressive start to the financial year, when the bureaux smashed their annual sales target in just 6 months.

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SSHH ... It's the new First-Class Quiet Coach with East Coast Trains 24 Feb 2011

SSHH ... It's the new First-Class Quiet Coach with East Coast TrainsEast Coast’s peaceful plan for a more relaxing First Class journey.

East Coast is promising a more relaxing journey by creating a new Quiet Coach in First Class.

The train operator will introduce the Quiet Coach in May alongside a new complimentary meal and drinks service for customers travelling first-class.

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Major Celebrity Chef Creates a Stir for the Conference & Hospitality Show 2011 23 Feb 2011

Major Celebrity Chef Creates a Stir for the Conference & Hospitality Show 2011Celebrity Chef, James Martin, is coming home to his roots when he opens The Conference and Hospitality Show 2011 at Savile’s Hall, The Royal Armouries Leeds on Thursday March 17th. Yorkshire born James’ appearance at the show co-incides with the opening of his first restaurant in the UK for over 10 years – inside the prestigious Alea casino adjacent to the Royal Armouries in Clarence Dock Leeds.

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New look to Conference Facilities at Leeds Art Gallery 15 Feb 2011

New look to Conference Facilities at Leeds Art GalleryThe heart of Leeds Art Gallery has been given a new look as part of the building has been converted into state-of-the-art meeting and conference facilities.

The former lecture theatre in the centre of the building on The Headrow has undergone a major £150,000 makeover funded by Renaissance Yorkshire to be converted into a brand new conference suite compromising three ground floor rooms and one above.

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Leeds Announces Major Chinese Coup for 2012 Olympics 14 Feb 2011

Leeds Announces Major Chinese Coup for 2012 OlympicsThe city of Leeds is celebrating a major coup after announcing it will be the training base for China’s track and field team ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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A fine fragrance at this year’s International Confex 11 Feb 2011

A fine fragrance at this year’s International ConfexConference Leeds is offering the perfect package for delegates at this year’s International Confex, with a collection of stand share partners that include academic venues, dedicated events spaces, city centre hotels and country house retreats. In addition, Conference Leeds will be offering visitors to the stand the chance to win a hamper of handmade aromatherapy beauty products and scented candles courtesy of Scented Events.

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Flybe scoops top award for second consecutive year at prestigious Business Travel Awards 4 Feb 2011

Flybe scoops top award for second consecutive year at prestigious Business Travel AwardsLeading regional airline sees off major opposition to win Best Short-Haul Airline and in Top 5 for Best Airline Worldwide.

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Conference Leeds in line for Prestigious Accolade 3 Feb 2011

Conference Leeds in line for Prestigious AccoladeConference Leeds are getting ready for this year’s prestigious Meetings & Incentive Travel (M&IT) Industry Awards as the team have been shortlisted for the ‘Best UK Convention Bureau’ category. more...

Yorkshire Celebrates its Success at Confex 3 Feb 2011

Yorkshire Celebrates its Success at ConfexYorkshire has never been shy when it comes to boasting about its quirky events spaces and unique experiences. And this year’s International Confex (1-3 March) is no exception, when the Yorkshire conference bureaus – Conference Leeds, Hull & East Yorkshire (HEY), York & Scarborough and Sheffield Convention Bureau – will be celebrating achievements and anniversaries as well as unique facilities on offer for conference and event organisers. more...

Weetwood Hall, leading the way with ‘Excellence through People’ award 2 Feb 2011

Weetwood Hall, leading the way with ‘Excellence through People’ awardWeetwood Hall Conference Centre & Hotel in Leeds has been commended for receiving the ‘Excellence through People’ award from HRS.com Hotel Excellence Awards 2011 for the outstanding achievement through its people.

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Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre Celebrate Launch of £12 million New Home 28 Jan 2011

Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre Celebrate Launch of £12 million New HomeNorthern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre (Phoenix) launched their new, purpose-built, world-class centre for dance in Leeds, with an official opening by Northern Ballet’s Royal Patron, HRH the Earl of Wessex, KG KCVO, on 18 January 2011.

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Triathlon Champions back top Chevin Country Park Hotel & Spa's Breakfast campaign 25 Jan 2011

Triathlon Champions back top Chevin Country Park Hotel & Spa's Breakfast campaignChevin Country Park Hotel & Spa, Otley nr Leeds, is participating in the National Breakfast Week campaign running 23rd – 29th January 2011 and are supported in this by Alistair & Jonathan Brownlee – current Triathlon Champions – 2 of our great Olympic hopes for 2012 – they understand the importance of breakfast.
The brothers need fuel in their bodies to maintain the energy required for their extensive training programme.

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Yorkshire's Rudding Park named 'Number One Hotel in the UK' by Tripadvisor for the Second Year 20 Jan 2011

Yorkshire's Rudding Park named 'Number One Hotel in the UK' by Tripadvisor for the Second YearHarrogate’s Rudding Park hotel has been crowned ‘Number One Hotel in the UK’ for the second year running, triumphing over some of the UK’s finest hotels in the TripAdvisor® Travellers’ Choice Awards 2011.

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Conference and Hospitality Show Calls for Papers 14 Jan 2011

Conference and Hospitality Show Calls for PapersAre you interested in leading a Seminar at the Conference and Hospitality Show 2011?

This years show is offering a unique opportunity to a talented industry expert to lead a seminar in the Shows innovative Seminar Programme.

The Conference and Hospitality Show is the North’s leading Meetings Industry Exhibition, attracting Conference Organisers and Meeting Planners from all over the UK. The 2011 Show is being held at Savile’s Hall, the Royal Armouries Leeds on Thursday the 17th March 2011.

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University of Leeds Caterer Recognised in New Year’s Honours 13 Jan 2011

University of Leeds Caterer Recognised in New Year’s HonoursBeverley Kenny, Head of Catering and Event Management at the University of Leeds, has been appointed MBE in the 2011 New Year’s Honours. The award recognises her work in conference and event management and her contribution to the student community through student catering.

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Economic success – Conference and Hospitality Show increased floor space 10 Jan 2011

Economic success – Conference and Hospitality Show increased floor spaceThe Conference and Hospitality Show 2011 has increased its floor space due to the success of the inaugural 2010 show and the demands from businesses wishing to exhibit. The show which is taking place at Saviles Hall in Leeds on Thursday 17th March 2011 has increased its space despite the economic doom and gloom, with the number of stands available for venues and AV companies increased to 46, and an additional 20 stands will house support services that give added value to events such as caterers, promotions and event organisers.

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Lord Bragg Opens Leeds’ Storm Jameson Court at the University Of Leeds 10 Jan 2011

Lord Bragg Opens Leeds’ Storm Jameson Court at the University Of LeedsLord Melvyn Bragg unveiled a building plaque commemorating Margaret Storm Jameson in December at the official opening of the University of Leeds’ new residence, Storm Jameson Court.

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Chevin Country Park Hotel & Spa appoints new General Manager 9 Dec 2010

Chevin Country Park Hotel & Spa appoints new General ManagerThe luxury hotel set in the Chevin forest, Chevin Country Park Hotel and Spa; run by Crerar hotels have appointed Mr Jurgen Kruijt as their new General Manager.

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Bradford is Crowned as England’s Curry Capital 9 Dec 2010

Bradford is Crowned as England’s Curry CapitalNarrowly pipped by Glasgow to the overall crown of Curry Capital of Britain, the bid presented by Bradford helped secure the city second place and title as England’s Curry Capital.

Peter Groves, Curry Capital of Britain Competition Organiser, said:

“Bradford presented the most creative bid out of all the cities, drawing on several aspects of the city to fully illustrate the impact curry houses and their culture have on the region and their local community.”

During the grueling judging process the public voted for their favourite restaurants in and around the city: Lahore Café Bar, Azeems (Keighley), Aagrah Shipley and Shimla Spice (Shipley), before voting for the city. more...

Association business is big in Leeds 1 Dec 2010

Conference Leeds is celebrating following a flurry of association business being secured for the region. The latest piece of business comes from the British Association of Hand Therapists who will host their annual conference at the Carriageworks in Leeds from the 2 – 3 October 2011.

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Introducing …..‘Ladies Who Spa’ at De Vere Oulton Hall 30 Nov 2010

Introducing …..‘Ladies Who Spa’ at De Vere Oulton HallDe Vere Oulton Hall are delighted to announce the launched of ‘Ladies who Spa’. A new and exciting programme of Spa evenings

Come along and experience the luxurious Spa and Leisure facilities with an evening of sheer indulgence and relaxation.

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City Inn rebrands as Mint Hotel in advance of opening two new hotels 30 Nov 2010

City Inn rebrands as Mint Hotel in advance of opening two new hotelsCity Inn has rebranded as Mint Hotel in advance of opening two new hotels in prime locations in London and Amsterdam nearly doubling the number of rooms. Mint Hotel will open a second London property of 583 rooms at the Tower of London, in Pepys Street (EC3) on 20th December 2010 and is expanding overseas for the first time with a new hotel of 553 rooms opening in Amsterdam in Spring 2011.

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The Novotel Leeds Centre Refurb – It’s Superb! 15 Nov 2010

The Novotel Leeds Centre Refurb – It’s Superb!The Novotel Leeds Centre has recently completed its refurbishment of its first floor conference centre. The aim was to provide a vibrant and modern meeting space to brighten clients experience whilst at the hotel.

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Official Opening of the Centenary Pavilion at Leeds United 12 Nov 2010

Official Opening of the Centenary Pavilion at Leeds UnitedLeeds United legend Allan Clarke performed the opening ceremony of the new Centenary Pavilion in front of an invited audience of almost 600 guests on November 10, 2010.

The glitzy official opening took place on Wednesday with Leeds United chairman Ken Bates, Leeds United manager Simon Grayson, and Allan Clarke among the guests. Welcome to Yorkshire CEO Gary Verity was also among the speakers. more...

International delegates enjoy Leeds showcase 3 Nov 2010

International delegates enjoy Leeds showcaseConference Leeds recently hosted a three-day familiarisation visit in partnership with Marketing Leeds and Leeds Hotels Association for a number of Italian buyers from CLUB dell’ OSSO – Selected Meeting Planners including representatives from IBM, Deutsche Bank and Corporate Euro Events. The visit, part of a business tourism campaign to raise the profile of Leeds as a world class conference destination, saw delegates visit a wide range of the city’s venues and enjoy rest and relaxation at The Queens and The Met.

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Jet2.com Flies Away with Travel Industry Awards 3 Nov 2010

Jet2.com Flies Away with Travel Industry AwardsJet2.com, the leading leisure airline with friendly low fares, has scooped two prestigious travel awards at the Holiday Extras Customers’ Awards 2010.

The Yorkshire based airline won the silver award in the ‘Best Airline for Value for Money’ category and bronze for ‘Best Airline Cabin Crew’ category. more...

Double Gold Standard Award for Gold Standard Venue 2 Nov 2010

Double Gold Standard Award for Gold Standard VenueRoyal Armouries (International) plc is delighted to announce that it has achieved Green Tourism Award Gold Standard

RAI plc is delighted to become the largest Leeds based conference venue to receive a second Gold Award in less than 14 months. This time the team achieved a gold award in Green Tourism. This puts them ahead of the game as the first conference facility of its size to gain AIM Gold and a Gold award in Green Tourism in Leeds and Yorkshire.

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Well Met Conferencing Celebrates Another New Addition 2 Nov 2010

Well Met Conferencing Celebrates Another New AdditionWell Met Conferencing continues to go from strength to strength and with another new venue addition – Cloth Hall Court – the extensive portfolio is proving very attractive to conference organisers.

Ideally situated at the centre of the city's business district, Cloth Hall Court is only a two minute walk from Leeds train station. It boasts a superb combination of six well-equipped rooms, all designed with flexibility and delegate comfort in mind. Accommodating up to 60 delegates, it is the ideal venue to host training sessions, meetings or workshops in a location that can be accessed from across the UK with convenience and ease.

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New sustainability policy for Well Met Conferencing 26 Oct 2010

New sustainability policy for Well Met ConferencingWell Met Conferencing at Leeds Metropolitan University has produced a new sustainability policy for its portfolio of venues. The new policy sets out the values of the organisation on a social, economical and environmental level and will hopefully help the university position itself as an industry leader.

The policy outlines the sustainable credentials for Well Met Conferencing and includes many aspects such as how they work with suppliers who also have strong credentials, favouring those companies that recycle and make use of recycled materials, use local suppliers and consider food miles in their tendering process.

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A recent Launch Evening for the New Spa & Leisure Club at the Chevin 25 Oct 2010

A recent Launch Evening for the New Spa & Leisure Club at the ChevinA fun evening was held for invited guests for the official opening of the plush new facilities at the Chevin Country Park Hotel on Yorkgate, Otley.

The event was held to display the latest investment that Crerar Hotels – owners of the Chevin, have made in the hotel. The new Leisure Club & Sonas Spa comprises of an outdoor tennis court, outdoor hot tub, heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, gymnasium and new
Sonas Spa providing massage and a variety of Decleor treatments, all complemented by the calming influences at the hotel.

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Bumper Summer for Conference Leeds 14 Oct 2010

Conference Leeds has enjoyed a ‘bumper summer’ for attracting and hosting conferences and events as well as promoting the city as a major events destination.

Conference Leeds has welcomed a range of events across the summer, including the 5th International Carers Conference and the Lions National Convention at the Royal Armouries, The Local Government Communications Conference and the Global Events Congress at the Rose Bowl, Leeds and IEEE International Conferences at Bradford University.

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ARCOM Conference comes to Leeds 13 Oct 2010

ARCOM Conference comes to LeedsARCOM (Association of Researchers in Construction Management) recently held one of their major annual research conferences in the city of Leeds.

ARCOM brings together all those interested in construction management research and aims to further the advancement of knowledge in all aspects of management in construction by supporting education, dissemination and research.

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Gold rush at Weetwood Hall - Weetwood Hall awarded prestigious Investor in People Gold Status 13 Oct 2010

Gold rush at Weetwood Hall - Weetwood Hall awarded prestigious Investor in People Gold StatusWeetwood Hall has become the first hotel in the Yorkshire & Humber to achieve the Investors in People (IIP) Gold status, the most recognised accolade in the UK for business improvement through people. By achieving Gold status Weetwood Hall is now part of the top 1% of UK organisations recognised by IIP.

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easyJet flight to take off at Leeds Bradford International Airport 7 Oct 2010

easyJet flight to take off at Leeds Bradford International AirporteasyJet, the UK’s largest airline, has today announced that it will begin operating its first flight from Leeds Bradford International Airport on 17 December 2010.



The airline confirmed its plans to operate a popular winter ski route to Geneva from one of the fastest growing regional airports in the UK. more...

Charity Fashion Show Kicks Off New Venue at Leeds United 6 Oct 2010

Charity Fashion Show Kicks Off New Venue at Leeds UnitedLeeds United legends Allan Clarke and Paul Reaney kicked-off a charity fashion show for the first big event to take place at the club’s new Centenary Pavilion.

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Yorkshire Awards its Tourism Stars 5 Oct 2010

Yorkshire Awards its Tourism StarsApplause greeted 16 proud tourism winners who stole the show at this year's White Rose Awards. The glittering celebration saw 90 finalists battle it out for the coveted awards which are organised by tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire.

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Midland Wedding Fayre proposes to Little Heroes 27 Sep 2010

Midland Wedding Fayre proposes to Little HeroesThe Midland Hotel Bradford has pledged their commitment to local charity Little Heroes Support by holding a spectacular Wedding Fayre in their magnificent Princess Ballroom on Sunday 3rd October with proceeds going to the Fantastic cause.

The hotel hopes to raise at least £1000 for the charity by donating a percentage of the stand fees and holding a raffle on the day with fantastic prizes donated by local companies.

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Bradford Gets a Big Break – Snooker World Champions Come to City for Prestigious New Tournament 13 Sep 2010

Bradford Gets a Big Break – Snooker World Champions Come to City for Prestigious New TournamentSteve Davis, Dennis Taylor and Jimmy White are among a unique gathering of snooker legends coming to Bradford this November to compete in the first ever World Seniors Snooker Championship.

The tournament, which takes place from 5th to 7th November at Cedar Court Hotel, will feature nine famous players, of which seven are former World Champions.

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550-Seat Sparkler at the University of Leeds 7 Sep 2010

550-Seat Sparkler at the University of LeedsThe flagship theatre at the University of Leeds, the Conference Auditorium, has undergone a total makeover of the foyer and ground floor area.

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Bradford rocks out for Youth Conference 6 Sep 2010

Bradford rocks out for Youth ConferenceBradford’s Abundant Life Conference Centre (ALCC) recently played host to the ten year anniversary of Rocknations, a conference for young people and their leaders. ALCC provided the perfect venue for the conference which aimed to teach those, aged 14 and over, strong leadership skills.

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£21 million Carnegie Pavilion opens at Yorkshire County Club 27 Aug 2010

£21 million Carnegie Pavilion opens at Yorkshire County ClubThe Yorkshire County Cricket Club offers a range of facilities to suit any occasion from a large conference to a small business meeting or one-to-one interview.

The Club’s brand new £21 million development, the Carnegie Pavilion, officially opened in July 2010 during the Pakistan v Australia Test Match and is now taking bookings for winter 2010 – 2011.

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Leeds United's New Centenary Pavilion on Track 17 Aug 2010

Leeds United's New Centenary Pavilion on TrackVisitors arriving at Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium over the past few months can’t have failed to notice the magnificent development rising across the road from the towering East Stand.

The new Centenary Pavilion is edging ever closer towards its completion date of late next month, and Elland Road will soon be home to the largest dining facility in the region.

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Rose Bowl Plays Host to International Sports Conference 16 Aug 2010

Rose Bowl Plays Host to International Sports ConferenceWell Met Conferencing’s award-winning venue the Rose Bowl recently played host to the inaugural interdisciplinary International Sports Medicine, Science and Performance conference. The two day event was a great success and saw attendees from a variety of sectors and organisations including, leading sports medicine doctors, commercial suppliers, Directors of Governing Bodies of Sport, Physiotherapists from professional sports clubs, Olympic and Commonwealth Games practitioners and academia.

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Conferences Go Green with QHotels 16 Aug 2010

Conferences Go Green with QHotelsQHotels is rolling out the green carpet to delegates as it announces that is has successfully reduced energy consumption year on year by 61% across its group of 21 unique hotels – smashing its target of 30%.

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Stretch & Go Midland 16 Aug 2010

Stretch & Go MidlandThe Midland Hotel in Bradford is offering guests a unique experience to get themselves physically ready to start their day with their newly launched Stretch & Go exercise package.

The Stretch & Go package is offered free of charge to hotel residents and includes a trained sports massage therapist who will show guests how to look after their body and feel good for the rest of the working day. The experience includes joint mobility, stretches, twists and bends and static exercises. more...

Images of Leeds Arena Revealed 13 Aug 2010

Images of Leeds Arena RevealedThe journey to deliver the Leeds Arena takes a giant step forward as proposals for the building’s exterior design are revealed for the first time.

A striking honeycomb design has been chosen with an ever-changing kaleidoscope of coloured lights which will come alive on an evening and change colour or pattern to reflect the mood of the arena event at the time. Perhaps purple if a certain ‘artist’ requests - or maybe pink for Pink!

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White Rose Awards 2010 Finalists 10 Aug 2010

White Rose Awards 2010 FinalistsFinalists for the 2010 White Rose Awards have been announced.

Judging of the White Rose Awards is undertaken by a panel of independent judges chaired by Barbara Woroncow OBE.

Shortlisted finalists will now be mystery visited with the results being presented to the panel for final judging in September, which will further support the entry material already submitted.

This year's winners will be announced at a spectacular black tie event on Monday 4th October at the Yorkshire Event Centre at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate.

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CSR Solutions Up and Running in Leeds 9 Aug 2010

CSR Solutions Up and  Running in LeedsThe latest Meetings Industry Association (MIA) ‘Pathfinder’ research has confirmed the continuing importance to meeting planners and to meeting and event suppliers of achieving corporate social responsibility (CSR) objectives, with 40 per cent of survey respondents expecting to increase their focus on CSR. The challenge, of course, can be how best to do this, not only in the planning and marketing of events but also in their production and on-site management. How do you ensure that events deliver a worthwhile social legacy and a tangible benefit to the city or community in which they are held?

One innovative and pioneering solution (or in fact a twin solution!) to this dilemma is offered by the city of Leeds. ‘Sharing the Success’, the Leeds brand for the Government’s Local Enterprise Growth Initiative (LEGI) Programme (www.sharingthesuccess.co.uk), in partnership with Camberwell Project Ltd and Tiger11, has invested in the re-development and refurbishment of two former Victorian school buildings in inner city Leeds. The result: venues that embody the essence of corporate responsibility, community involvement and support for local entrepreneurs, all bundled into first class conference and meetings space.

Multi-million pound investments have been made to transform Shine, located in the Harehills district of Leeds, and Hillside, situated in Beeston, into quality meeting venues with a strong social and community ethos.

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Leeds hosts the Global Events Congress 30 Jul 2010

Leeds hosts the Global Events CongressThe UK Centre for Events Management at Leeds Metropolitan University is pleased to have recently hosted the fourth Global Events Congress, “Events and Festivals Research: State of the Art” at the University’s multiple award-winning venue, The Rose Bowl.

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Leeds Cares for Conferences 1 Jul 2010

Leeds Cares for ConferencesHundreds of international carers, researchers and practitioners will soon be visiting Leeds to attend the 5th International Carers Conference at the Royal Armouries, supported by Conference Leeds.

Building on the success of the 4th International Carers Conference in Toronto, Carers UK and the University of Leeds are pleased to welcome the organisation’s 5th conference, which will take place from 8 -11 July 2010 in the waterway district of Clarence Dock. more...

Leeds Bradford International Airport Opens new Executive Lounge 25 Jun 2010

Leeds Bradford International Airport Opens new Executive LoungeLeeds Bradford International Airport is delighted to announce the opening of the Premier Lounge, our new executive lounge which will match the needs of the business and leisure market in the Leeds City Region.

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Weetwood Hall fastest Free hotel Internet in Leeds 17 Jun 2010

Weetwood Hall fastest Free hotel Internet in LeedsThe award-winning Weetwood Hall Conference Centre & Hotel in Leeds has come top in a survey of hotel broadband speed in Leeds hotels.

The survey confirms the decision to install a new high speed broadband service providing speeds of up to 30Mbps. The recent survey of broadband speeds in Leeds Hotels identified Weetwood Hall with the fastest Wi-Fi speed and user capacity in the city.

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Leeds Met Ambassador scheme hits record high 17 Jun 2010

Leeds Met Ambassador scheme hits record highWell Met Conferencing at Leeds Metropolitan University has hit an all time high for its Ambassador scheme. Ambassador numbers have now reached over 100 and members have secured a wide range of regional and national events generating an impressive income of £415,000.

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Leeds showcases its conference portfolio to visitors 17 Jun 2010

Conference Leeds recently hosted a two-day familiarisation visit for buyers from the UK events industry. The visit, part of a business tourism campaign to raise the profile of Leeds, Bradford and the wider Yorkshire region as world class conference destination, saw delegates visit venues including the City Inn, Queens, Met and Radisson BLU Hotels, Aspire, The Rose Bowl and the New Ellington Hotel.

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Spotlight falls on the unsung heroes at the Leeds Hotel Association’s Annual Awards Evening 9 Jun 2010

Spotlight falls on the unsung heroes at the Leeds Hotel Association’s Annual Awards EveningSpotlight falls on the unsung heroes as Leeds Hotel Association’s annual awards celebrate the behind-the-scenes talent of Leeds’ £50m a year industry

The best venues and most talented hospitality staff in Leeds were recognised at the Leeds Hotel Association Annual Awards evening last night (Friday 21 May), which was held at Leeds United Football Club Elland Road.

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New Appointment for Conference Leeds 4 Jun 2010

New Appointment for Conference LeedsAs part of a major £500k initiative by Welcome to Yorkshire to target growth across the business tourism sector, Conference Leeds has appointed a new Sales Executive. Paul Domeney is the latest recruit to the Conference Leeds team where his role includes raising the profile of Leeds and West Yorkshire to conference and event buyers to ensure they book their next event in the region.

Paul joins Conference Leeds with several years of experience and a dedicated passion for Leeds and the wider region. Following 17 years as an Account Manager for BT Paul is keen to start winning some high profile conferences and events, particularly in the associations sector.

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A New Face for Well Met Conferencing 3 Jun 2010

A New Face for Well Met ConferencingWell Met Conferencing at Leeds Metropolitan University is delighted to announce the appointment of Lisa Holt as their new Conference and Events Officer. Lisa joins Well Met from the UK Centre for Events Management (UKCEM) where she organised a wide range of events ranging from local award ceremonies to global conferences.

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Well Met showcase their success at Academic Venues Show 27 May 2010

Well Met Conferencing at Leeds Metropolitan University showcased their continuous award success at this year’s Academic Venue Show at the Emirates Stadium, London. Well Met were able to highlight their impressive new facilities to potential clients and took the opportunity to really shout about the multi-award winning Rose Bowl which has just celebrated its first birthday.

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United Award for 'Putting Leeds on the Map' 27 May 2010

United Award for 'Putting Leeds on the Map'Leeds United’s Conference & Events Manager Helen Briden was named winner of the Leeds, Live it, Love it Award at the Leeds Hotel & Venue Association Awards dinner on Friday May 21.

The award was presented to the individual or team who demonstrated what they have achieved to “put Leeds on the map.” This involves raising the profile of the city nationally or internationally or any initiatives and the results that has been undertaken to target national or international guests.

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Top of the league for Conference Leeds 27 May 2010

Top of the league for Conference LeedsWith inspiration from the recently promoted Leeds United FC, Conference Leeds went on to top the table at the Mash Media World Cup. Welcome to Yorkshire welcomed top industry professionals to the unique event which saw top ex-professional footballers come together with key players from the premier league of the Conference and Events industry.

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Well Met Conferencing gains four nominations at the Leeds Hotel Association Awards 27 May 2010

Well Met Conferencing at Leeds Metropolitan University, which has celebrated a run of recent award successes including ‘Best New Venue in Yorkshire 2010’ and an award for 'Best Marketing activity', is once again celebrating following four nominations at the Leeds Hotel Association Awards and a highly commended in the category of Top Team.

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Off-field Team Short-Listed For Awards 25 May 2010

Off-field Team Short-Listed For AwardsThe Conference and Events team at Leeds United have again been short-listed for a number of awards at this year's Leeds Hotels Association Awards ceremony.

The C&E team have been nominated for the 'Top Team' award while Helen Briden has been nominated by Bewley's Hotel for the Leeds, Live It, Love It award.

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Leeds Unites Industry Professionals 24 May 2010

As the England team warm up for South Africa 2010, Welcome to Yorkshire is preparing to welcome top industry professionals for the Mash Media World Cup. Taking place on May 20th 2010, top ex-professional footballers along with key players from the premier league of the Conference and Events industry, will come together in a battle for the prestigious title.

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Great Victoria Opens Dedicated Business Bedrooms 17 May 2010

Great Victoria Opens Dedicated Business BedroomsFor business guests requiring both luxury and convenience during their stay in Bradford, the Great Victoria is the ideal hotel.

Already popular because of the delicious food, friendly customer service, conference facilities and luxurious surroundings, the hotel asked regular business guests what else they could do to enhance their stays and listened closely to their replies.

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Bradford hotel gets a make-over with a difference 12 May 2010

Bradford hotel gets a make-over with a differenceThe Midland Hotel in the heart of Bradford is to play host to a unique event organised by the Hair and Beauty department of Bradford College.

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Big cats of the business world come to town 28 Apr 2010

Big cats of the business world come to townLeeds is hosting one of the biggest events for a number of years over the bank holiday weekend as the Lions come to town. Up to 1,000 delegates are expected generating an estimated £1.3m for the local economy.

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Life at the Top at The Queens, Leeds 28 Apr 2010

Life at the Top at The Queens, LeedsQClub at The Queens, Leeds has opened as the city's only executive floor after a £500k investment. 18 bedrooms have been fully refurbished together with the introduction of a new executive lounge.

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Volcanic Ash solution at High-Tech Data Conferencing Suite at Weetwood Hall 21 Apr 2010

Volcanic Ash solution at High-Tech Data Conferencing Suite at Weetwood HallVolcanic Ash solution at High-Tech Data Conferencing Suite. If you can not fly collaborate with your colleagues
from Weetwood Hall

SMART* technology which enables arranged meetings around the world to go ahead despite the current air ban.

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The Thackray Museum becomes AIM Accredited 21 Apr 2010

The Thackray Museum becomes AIM AccreditedThe Thackray Museum, Leeds is proud to display our commitment to quality and announce that our conference venue has been awarded an Accreditation in Meetings (AIM), and as a result has been accepted as a Meetings Industry Association (MIA) member.

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Coronation Street at Great Victoria Bradford 20 Apr 2010

Coronation Street at Great Victoria BradfordThe team at the Great Victoria in Bradford have thoroughly enjoyed looking after the cast and crew of Coronation Street during their 2 week stay in the city

Coronation Street last stayed three years ago when they were filming in Bradford and were obviously very happy with the service they received and decided to repeat the experience.

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‘Come and Meet us from your Office Presentation Days’ at High-Tech Data Conferencing Suite- Weetwood 20 Apr 2010

‘Come and Meet us from your Office Presentation Days’ at High-Tech Data Conferencing Suite- WeetwoodThe award-winning Weetwood Hall Conference Centre & Hotel in Leeds has announced a series of Presentation Days to be held in the innovative Data Conferencing Suite that uses SMART* technology to deliver a new breed of meetings.

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Well Met Conferencing Celebrates a New Addition 19 Apr 2010

Well Met Conferencing Celebrates a New AdditionWell Met Conferencing at Leeds Metropolitan University is delighted to showcase their newest recruit - Broadcasting Place. The new venue adds to Well Mets award-winning venue portfolio and, to celebrate the new addition, Well Met is offering conference organisers a special introductory rate of just £22.50 (DDR).

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First stage of £1.2m investment of Chevin Country Park Hotel & Spa complete 7 Apr 2010

First stage of £1.2m investment of  Chevin Country Park Hotel & Spa completeThe Chevin Country Park Hotel & Spa, set above the market town of Otley in West Yorkshire, has undergone the first stage of a £1.2m refurbishment carried out by owner, leading UK hotel operator, Crerar Hotels.

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Leeds United Win Award 6 Apr 2010

Leeds United Win AwardLeeds United Conference and Events team have been honoured with yet another award.

In recognition of their commitment and support to the Yorkshire Ambulance Service in arranging their Annual Awards recently; their dedication, attention to detail and professionalism was recognised for going above and beyond the call of duty.

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City of Leeds Dominates Top Business Tourism Awards 26 Mar 2010

Conference Leeds, the super convention bureau for Leeds and West Yorkshire is celebrating after 3 of its venues scooped 4 awards in the Yorkshire Insider Business Tourism Awards which took place at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on the 18th March 2010.

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Game on for interactive events at the National Media Museum 25 Mar 2010

Game on for interactive events at the National Media MuseumExplore the history of videogaming at the National Media Museum’s new Games Lounge

The National Media Museum in Bradford’s Games Lounge is a brand new attraction where corporate event guests can plug into the history of videogaming, play classic, groundbreaking games in their original arcade or console formats and discover the story behind a global phenomenon.

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TV, Trains, London, Chelsea, Yorkshire takes on the World! 25 Mar 2010

TV, Trains, London, Chelsea, Yorkshire takes on the World!Welcome to Yorkshire today revealed its ambitious plans to make Yorkshire the UK’s top destination.

1,500 people attended the Y 10 conference in Harrogate to hear major announcements which aim to raise Yorkshire’s profile to another level and attract more visitors.

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New Royal Armouries (Int) plc Website Makes Building Your Conference Even Easier 25 Mar 2010

New Royal Armouries (Int) plc Website Makes Building Your Conference Even EasierIntuitive and user-friendly, the re-engineered Royal Armouries International plc (RAI) website provides all the information you need to plan an event with just a click of your mouse.

And that event can range from a conference for 1500 to a banquet for just 30 guests.

Whether you’re a professional event organiser or managing an event for the first time, the website guides you through all 10 of the facilities that RAI plc can offer.

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Rose Bowl scoops ‘new venue’ accolade 23 Mar 2010

Rose Bowl scoops ‘new venue’ accoladeFollowing on from a string of awards in 2009, Well Met Conferencing at Leeds Metropolitan University is once again celebrating success following a ‘New Venue of the Year’ award achieved at last night’s (Thursday 19th March 2010) Insider Business Tourism awards held at The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds and compered by author, broadcaster and entertainer Gyles Brandeth.

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Open Training Courses announced at High-Tech Data Conferencing Suite 17 Mar 2010

Open Training Courses announced at High-Tech Data Conferencing SuiteThe award-winning Weetwood Hall Conference Centre & Hotel in Leeds has unveiled a series of open courses to be held in the innovative Data Conferencing Suite that uses SMART* technology to deliver a new breed of meetings.

The courses have been developed in partnership with New Tricks (Advanced Business Training) Ltd and will be held as follows.

Friday 16th April - Customer Care
Tuesday 18th May - Equality and Diversity
Tuesday 22 June - Developing Strategy
Tuesday 6th July – Creative Thinking

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University of Leeds Achieve a First 11 Mar 2010

University of Leeds Achieve a FirstThe University of Leeds Residential and Commercial Services (RCS), which includes the University’s conferencing and events department is celebrating after being recognised as an Investor in People for over 10 years, the first department at the University to achieve this accreditation.

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Exciting Times at Elland Road 8 Mar 2010

Exciting Times at Elland Road2010 has got off to a flying start at Elland Road, home of Leeds United Football Club with the promise of an exciting new development.

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Explore the history of videogaming at the National Media Museum’s interactive Games Lounge 8 Mar 2010

Explore the history of videogaming at the National Media Museum’s interactive Games LoungeThe National Media Museum’s Games Lounge is a brand new attraction giving visitors the chance to plug into the history of videogaming, play classic, groundbreaking games in their original arcade or console formats and discover the story behind a global phenomenon.

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Holiday Inn Express Bradford City Centre joins $1 Billion Dollar Relaunch 3 Mar 2010

Holiday Inn Express Bradford City Centre joins $1 Billion Dollar RelaunchThe Holiday Inn Express Bradford City Centre has relaunched, unveiling a new look and feel along with an improved guest experience.

The hotel’s upgrade is part of the $1 billion global relaunch of the Holiday Inn brand family (Holiday Inn & Holiday Inn Express Hotels) to create a more contemporary environment, increase quality and drive consistency across over 3,200 hotels around the world.

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Switch over to Well Met Conferencing 1 Mar 2010

Switch over to Well Met ConferencingWell Met Conferencing at Leeds Metropolitan University played host to the BBC and its stars for the most recent series of Five Days, a thriller which tracks five 24-hour periods in a police investigation. The filming utilised a number of buildings across the university and demonstrated the variety and adaptability of its estate.

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Audio Visual Equipment announce the launch of their new website and complete online ordering process 24 Feb 2010

Audio Visual Equipment announce the launch of their new website and complete online ordering processAudio Visual Equipment Limited (A.V.E) are very proud to announce the launch of their new website and complete online ordering process. Unlike the majority of their competitors, audio-visual-equipment.co.uk can provide a totally online service for venues, hotels and event organisers to hire or even purchase from our range of over 600 products.

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Appealing to Generation Y: key speakers announced for the Conference and Hospitality Show 2010 24 Feb 2010

Appealing to Generation Y: key speakers announced for the Conference and Hospitality Show 2010The North’s premier exhibition for meeting and conference organisers has announced its innovative seminar programme – the highlight of which is an insightful look into the changes that the new and young generation of conference goers are forcing onto the traditional conference format.

The Conference and Hospitality Show which is taking place on March 18th 2010 at the Royal Armouries Leeds has lined up respected industry experts – Rob Davidson and Stuart Powell – to give an overview to visitors to the show on how generation Y are re-shaping the industry.

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Conference and Hospitality Show Launch Innovative Student Volunteer Programme 23 Feb 2010

Conference and Hospitality Show Launch Innovative Student Volunteer ProgrammeThe North’s premier exhibition for meeting and conference organisers has launched a volunteer programme aimed at undergraduates. The Conference and Hospitality Show which is taking place on March 18th 2010 at the Royal Armouries Leeds has created a student volunteer programme for the event in conjunction with Leeds Met University (LMU), who run the UK Centre for Events Management.

Show Organiser, Emma Cartmell, has designed a programme where students are recruited from the Event Management degree course to assist at the Show in various capacities, so that they can gain valuable work experience in Exhibition organising and managing. more...

Leeds Hotels fight it out to the Finish Line to be the “Best Business Hotel of the Year” 22 Feb 2010

Leeds Hotels fight it out to the Finish Line to be the “Best Business Hotel of the Year”Conference Leeds, the super Convention Bureau for Leeds and West Yorkshire lined up four of its venues this week in a race to win the coveted “Best Business Hotel of the Year” award, part of the forthcoming Yorkshire Insider Business Tourism Awards.

Four of Leeds’ top hotels are going head to head in the forthcoming awards which are being held on Thursday March 18th at the Royal Armouries, Leeds. The awards recognise those organisations and venues that really go that extra mile to bring more business into Yorkshire, celebrating the very best of Yorkshire's burgeoning business tourism industry. more...

Holiday Inn Leeds Garforth Joins $1 Billion Relaunch 22 Feb 2010

Holiday Inn Leeds Garforth Joins $1 Billion RelaunchThe hotel’s upgrade is part of the $1 billion global relaunch of the Holiday Inn brand family (Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels) to create a more contemporary environment, increase quality and drive consistency across over 3,200 hotels around the world.

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‘Meet us from your Office Presentation Days’at High-Tech Data Conferencing Suite at Weetwood Hall 20 Feb 2010

‘Meet us from your Office Presentation Days’at High-Tech Data Conferencing Suite at Weetwood HallThe award-winning Weetwood Hall Conference Centre & Hotel in Leeds has announced a series of Presentation Days to be held in the innovative Data Conferencing Suite that uses SMART* technology to deliver a new breed of meetings.

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Weetwood Hall brings new Data Conferencing Suite to Confex 20 Feb 2010

Weetwood Hall brings new Data Conferencing Suite to ConfexThe award-winning Weetwood Hall Conference Centre & Hotel in Leeds will unveil the innovative Data Conferencing Suite at International Confex on Tuesday 23rd February 2010.

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Well Met Conferencing delegates to share gym facilities with world-class athletes 18 Feb 2010

Well Met Conferencing delegates to share gym facilities with world-class athletesWell Met Conferencing at Leeds Metropolitan University is now offering a new incentive for delegates – entry into its newly refurbished gyms on the Civic Quarter and Headingley Campus.

For just £4.50 conference organisers will be able to benefit from this added-value incentive and take advantage of the swimming pool and gym equipment, which will also be used by a number of world-class athletes.

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The Light in Leeds steps out to raise funds for Haiti 4 Feb 2010

Staff at a Leeds shopping centre will don their walking boots next week to help raise vital funds for the aid effort in Haiti.

The management team at The Light, retail and leisure scheme, on the Headrow, will walk 25 miles - just 1.2 miles short of a marathon - from Leeds city centre to York city centre on Monday 8 February.

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Industry accolade for Weetwood Hall 3 Feb 2010

Industry accolade for Weetwood HallIndustry accolade for Weetwood Hall
- Excellence in Marketing Award in the HRS Hotel Excellence Awards

The award-winning Weetwood Hall Conference Centre & Hotel in Leeds has achieved another industry recognition in the third HRS.com Hotel Excellence Awards in association with the British Hospitality Association (BHA), Institute of Hospitality, the Meetings Industry Association (MIA) and the Best Practice Forum.

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The Conference and Hospitality Show Launches Its Website 2 Feb 2010

The Conference and Hospitality Show Launches Its WebsiteThe North’s premier exhibition for meeting and conference organisers has this week launched its new web site – www.conferenceandhospitalityshow.co.uk. The Conference and Hospitality Show 2010 is being held at Savile’s Hall, at the Royal Armouries Leeds on Thursday the 18th March from 9.30 until 4pm and visitors can register for free on the web site.

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Well Met showcases its première conferencing facilities 1 Feb 2010

Well Met showcases its première conferencing facilitiesWell Met Conferencing, the conference office for Leeds Metropolitan University, is pulling out the red carpet for the première of its first ever DVD which showcases the centre’s award-winning facilities. To promote the new marketing initiative Well Met Conferencing has also produced its own branded popcorn which will be distributed to event buyers.

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New Look and Facilities at Pavilions of Harrogate 1 Feb 2010

New Look and Facilities at Pavilions of HarrogateFollowing extensive refurbishments of the function rooms and landscaping of the gardens over the last two years, Pavilions of Harrogate’s facilities have improved even further.

2010 sees the introduction of 6 new rooms varying in size with the largest suitable for up to 50 guests and including 2 rooms ideal for interviews or small meetings.

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University of Leeds’ new accommodation goes down a storm 20 Jan 2010

University of Leeds’ new accommodation goes down a stormThe University of Leeds’ state-of-the-art on campus accommodation is proving popular amongst conference organisers with over 20,000 bed nights sold to date, even though it doesn’t open until next year.

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Leeds Hotel Weetwood Hall has the answer to beat the poor weather conditions 20 Jan 2010

Leeds Hotel Weetwood Hall has the answer to beat the poor weather conditionsHigh-Tech Data Conferencing Suite means delegates can attend meetings remotely.

The award-winning Weetwood Hall Conference Centre & Hotel in Leeds has the answer for prolonged periods of bad weather such as that we have all experienced recently. Its innovative Data Conferencing Suite allows delegates to attend and participate in meetings at the hotel from anywhere by simply using their PC.

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Yorkshire's Rudding Park is Crowned Number 1 Hotel in the UK' & 'Number 6 Luxury Hotel in the World' 19 Jan 2010

Yorkshire's Rudding Park is Crowned Number 1 Hotel in the UK' & 'Number 6 Luxury Hotel in the World'Harrogate’s Rudding Park hotel has been awarded the title of ‘Number One Hotel in the UK’ in the 2010 TripAdvisor® Travelers’ Choice Awards which honour the world’s finest hotels.

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Exciting new 8th floor project at The Queens 14 Jan 2010

Exciting new 8th floor project at The QueensThe QClub, The Queens exciting new 8th floor project opens in April 2010. With nearly half a million pounds being invested in the redevelopment.

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Carnegie Village secures its position in the conference and event market 13 Jan 2010

Carnegie Village secures its position in the conference and event marketCarnegie Village, the pioneering Well Met Conferencing facility, is already proving to be a popular choice for buyers with bookings already secured well into 2010. July 2010 is already fully booked with three key associations – the Leisure Studies Association; Rugby Football Union and the Language Study Centre.

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The Trophy Cabinet at Holiday Inn Leeds-Garforth is Overflowing for the Second Year Running! 11 Jan 2010

The Trophy Cabinet at Holiday Inn Leeds-Garforth is Overflowing for the Second Year Running!Leeds, or at least a small enclave of it, is united in celebration after scooping its second year of silverware!

At the heart of the Garforth community, the 144 bedroomed Holiday Inn Leeds-Garforth, who employ full and part time staff, beat off stiff competition to come up trumps for its second year at the recent InterContinental Hotels Group awards ceremony.

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High-Tech Data Conferencing Suite opens at Weetwood Hall 7 Jan 2010

High-Tech Data Conferencing Suite opens at Weetwood HallA new facility for training, communication, collaboration projects and sustainable meetings.

The award-winning Weetwood Hall Conference Centre & Hotel in Leeds has unveiled an innovative Data Conferencing Suite that uses SMART* technology to deliver a new breed of meetings.

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Business Tourism Booms In Leeds 17 Dec 2009

Business Tourism Booms In LeedsThe meetings and events industry is worth a huge £562 million pounds a year to the Leeds economy according to the latest independent research. During 2009 the research surveyed over 100 venues in Leeds and estimated that the city attracts over 4 million delegates per year worth £562 million to the economy.

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Leeds Celebrates Host City Status as part of England’s World Cup bid 16 Dec 2009

Leeds Celebrates Host City Status as part of England’s World Cup bidLeeds has been announced as a host city at the 2018 FIFA World Cup should England be named as the host country.

The Football Association made the announcement this afternoon (Wednesday) that Leeds will join 11 other cities across the country to stage matches in 2018.

The news was met with cheers and celebrations by Leeds City Council, Marketing Leeds and Leeds United which have worked together to prepare and submit the bid on behalf of the Leeds City Region*.

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A Personal Achievement for the University of Leeds 10 Dec 2009

A Personal Achievement for the University of LeedsThe University of Leeds’ conference team is celebrating after integral team member Harriet Boatwright was presented with the Personal Achievement Award at the annual industry award ceremony.

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It’s Great Doing Business in Yorkshire 7 Dec 2009

It’s Great Doing Business in YorkshireResearch Reveals Yorkshire’s Business Tourism Exceeds UK Average. Business tourism boosted the Yorkshire economy by a staggering £1.6billion in 2008 according to research just released.

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‘World-class’ service with a smile: international recognition for Bradford’s National Media Museum 3 Dec 2009

‘World-class’ service with a smile: international recognition for Bradford’s National Media MuseumThe National Media Museum (NMeM) in Bradford, along with its sister venues – the Science Museum in London and National Railway Museum in York, have proudly become the first national museums to receive the esteemed World Class Service accreditation.

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Building work starts at Yorkshire's prestigious hotel - Rudding Park 3 Dec 2009

Building work starts at Yorkshire's prestigious hotel - Rudding ParkDLG Architects has announced that building works have started on site to deliver a major extension to the prestigious Rudding Park Hotel in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. The news comes within months of the revised planning consent being achieved by DLG.

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Well Met Conferencing: Supporting Leeds 2018 bid 2 Dec 2009

Well Met Conferencing: Supporting Leeds 2018 bidFollowing a site visit by the Football Association earlier this year Well Met Conferencing are waiting in anticipation to find out if the Carnegie Village and Sports Centre will be one of the chosen venues as part of the Leeds bid to host the 2018 World Cup.

Following their visit, the FA were highly impressed with the world-class facilities on offer at the Headingley campus.

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Green Fingers for the University of Leeds 1 Dec 2009

Green Fingers for the University of LeedsConference and meeting delegates at the University of Leeds will soon be enjoying fresh, organic vegetables and herbs grown by students as part of a new volunteering project.

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University of Leeds Splashes out for Conference Delegates 1 Dec 2009

University of Leeds Splashes out for Conference DelegatesConference and meetings delegates visiting the University of Leeds will soon be able to take advantage of a state-of-the art swimming pool and 200-station gym currently being built on the campus.

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Small gifts to make a big difference at the University of Leeds 1 Dec 2009

Small gifts to make a big difference at the University of LeedsDelegates attending conferences at the University of Leeds can now do their bit for charity by buying a souvenir to take home.

In line with the University’s Fairtrade status, ornate handmade silver jewellery - from earrings to bangles - is now being stocked, with all profits going to MySmallShop. The charity supports third world businesses and aims to provide a western market for artisans in the developing world.

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Diamonds are Leeds' best friend! 1 Dec 2009

Diamonds are Leeds' best friend!The city of Leeds has been chosen to host the Lions Club International Multiple District 105 Convention 2010. The Convention is also celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Lions Clubs International in the British Isles and Ireland.

The event is hoped to be the Lions Club most high profile event to date, expecting to attract over 1,000 delegates to the West Yorkshire region from all the UK and beyond.

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Prestigious academic award-win adds to Well Met’s success 30 Nov 2009

Prestigious academic award-win adds to Well Met’s successWell Met Conferencing at Leeds Met University, which recently celebrated a string of successes for 2009, is once again celebrating following an academic venue award-win for ‘Best Marketing activity’.

“A different, creative approach to relationship marketing, building bridges between business and academics. Good idea with good results.”

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A new look for Superior Double and Family rooms at Weetwood Hall 30 Nov 2009

A new look for Superior Double and Family rooms at Weetwood HallWant an excellent sleeping experience, a relaxing area as well as a spacious work environment?

Try out the newly refurbished superior double and family rooms at Weetwood Hall Conference Centre and Hotel.

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Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel, is getting ready to celebrate its 400th Birthday Anniversary in 2010! 30 Nov 2009

Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel, is getting ready to celebrate its 400th Birthday Anniversary in 2010!Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel, Pontefract is getting ready to celebrate its 400th Birthday Anniversary in 2010!.

The Grade 2 listed building which was originally built in 1610 has been lovingly restored into a hotel with 22 Bedrooms, The Jacobean Pub and two glorious ballrooms for Weddings and events of up to 250 guests. The splendid grounds have recently won its first award.

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Hatrick for Leeds as 5th most popluar choice for corporate meetings 25 Nov 2009

Hatrick for Leeds as 5th most popluar choice for corporate meetingsLeeds has been named in the top five meetings destinations in the UK for the 3rd year running. The British Meetings and Events Industry Survey 2009 (formerly the UK Conference Market Survey 2007) named Leeds as the 5th most popular choice for corporate meetings ahead of strong competition from cities such as Glasgow, Newcastle-Gateshead and Nottingham.

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A Successful Year Puts Well Met Firmly on the Conferencing and Events Map 16 Nov 2009

A Successful Year Puts Well Met Firmly on the Conferencing and Events MapWell Met Conferencing at Leeds Met University is celebrating a bumper 2009 following the introduction of three new impressive venues; an increase in high profile events and a rise in revenue of 130% year on year. All this adds to a number of previous successes including the opening of the award-winning Rose Bowl in April 2009.

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Rudding Park Scoops Three Prestigious Awards 13 Nov 2009

Rudding Park Scoops Three Prestigious AwardsOne of Yorkshire’s leading luxury hotels, Rudding Park, has announced a hat trick of wins at three recent award ceremonies. The new accolades bring the hotel’s award wins for 2009 to five.

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The Queens set to Wipe the (Executive) Floor with Competition 13 Nov 2009

The Queens set to Wipe the (Executive) Floor with CompetitionIconic Leeds hotel, The Queens, has announced plans to develop the City’s first ever dedicated executive floor. With work beginning in January 2010, the 4 star QHotel property plans to unveil the new executive floor, entitled QClub, in March 2010.

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Malmaison Hotel Leeds Awarded Front of House Team of the Year 13 Nov 2009

Malmaison Hotel Leeds Awarded Front of House Team of the YearHere’s a true story. A guest walks into Malmaison Leeds and is overheard by a receptionist saying she’d just endured a long and stressful journey and was dying for a gin and tonic. Imagine her feelings, then, when minutes later she was presented with a complimentary G&T.

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Always enjoy FREE Breakfast with Express by Holiday Inn Bradford 11 Nov 2009

Always enjoy FREE Breakfast with Express by Holiday Inn BradfordEmblazoned with the message "Always enjoy FREE Breakfast" team members from the Express by Holiday Inn Bradford City Centre handed out free Breakfast bags to hungry commuters at Bradford Forster Square train station this morning dressed as Christmas Elves and a Christmas Tree to launch it’s Christmas party night accommodation rates and to remind commuters that Breakfast is always included in the room rate.

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Leading Leeds Hotel Changes Name to Radisson Blu 10 Nov 2009

Leading Leeds Hotel Changes Name to Radisson BluRadisson SAS Hotel, Leeds, has this week changed its name to Radisson Blu Hotel, Leeds. This renaming is part of a total brand change of name, which includes seeing all UK hotels currently flying the Radisson SAS flag becoming Radisson Blu.

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University of Leeds Unveils a Storm 2 Nov 2009

University of Leeds Unveils a StormThe University of Leeds has unveiled the name for its new eagerly anticipated state-of-the-art on-campus accommodation which opens to delegates in June 2011. The striking 459-bedroom building, which features floor-to-ceiling windows in every room to maximise the light, has been named Storm Jameson Court after former student and prolific author of more than 50 literary works, Margaret Storm Jameson.

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Meet in UK Inaugral Event held in Leeds Hailed as a success 30 Oct 2009

Meet in UK Inaugral Event held in Leeds Hailed as a successConference Leeds, the super-convention bureau for Leeds and West Yorkshire assisted newly formed company – “Meet in UK” to host its first ever UK event held at the City Inn Leeds this month.

Agents and corporate buyers from across the UK attended an exciting 2 day programme of activities. The event opened in The Sky Lounge of one of Leed’s newest venues – the 330 bed roomed City Inn. The 65 hand-picked guests were treated to panoramic 13th floor views, a buffet of Yorkshire delicacies, local wines and “Virtual Eventz” clay pigeon shoot.

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Tomahawk Hotel Group Celebrate 5 Years of Success 29 Oct 2009

Tomahawk Hotel Group Celebrate 5 Years of SuccessOn Saturday October 24th the Tomahawk Hotel Group held a glittering Purple Ball at the Great Victoria Hotel in Bradford.

The Great Victoria, is one of three stunning hotels in the Tomahawk Group’s portfolio ( The others are Woodlands ,Leeds and Aston Hall ,Sheffield), and was last week declared a finalist for ‘hotel of the year” in this year’s prestigious White Rose tourism awards

The occasion on Saturday was to celebrate 5 successful years of Tomahawk hotels. Guests enjoyed a wonderful feast served in the restaurant and then moved downstairs to dance in the stunning purple nightclub which had been created in the banqueting suite beneath. more...

What do the Olympic city of Beijing, Leicester Square & Weetwood Hall - Leeds all have in common? 29 Oct 2009

What do the Olympic city of Beijing, Leicester Square & Weetwood Hall - Leeds all have in common?What do the Olympic city of Beijing - China, Leicester Square - London and Weetwood Hall - Leeds all have in common?

In the latest MONOPOLY board game: Leeds edition, Weetwood Hall has acquired the same prestigious yellow property location as the Olympic city of Beijing did on the world edition and Leicester Square on the famous London edition.

The new Leeds edition came following extensive public consultation. The Monopoly board's promoter Graham Barnes says: "The game is a celebration of Leeds and we would like to thank everyone for their input.”

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Rose Bowl Accolade for Well Met Conferencing 19 Oct 2009

Rose Bowl Accolade for Well Met ConferencingWell Met Conferencing’s flagship venue, the Rose Bowl building, has received a design excellence award - its second trophy this year! The iconic building, which was officially opened by the Duke of Kent in May this year, won the Design Excellence Award at the Yorkshire Property Industry Awards.

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Well Met Conferencing score a hatrick with the introduction of three new venues 16 Oct 2009

Well Met Conferencing score a hatrick with the introduction of three new venuesWell Met Conferencing at Leeds Met University has added three new venues to its already exciting collection. Carnegie Village, Broadcasting Place and Queenswood will enhance Well Mets existing portfolio, enabling them to host a wider range of conferences and events.

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Ambassadors Receive a Sneak Preview of new Well Met Facilities 12 Oct 2009

Ambassadors Receive a Sneak Preview of new Well Met FacilitiesWell Met Conferencing at Leeds Met University has hosted a number of events during September, to showcase their new facilities and increase the profile of their successful Ambassador Programme.

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Refurbishment of the Oulton Suite at De Vere Oulton Hall 12 Oct 2009

Refurbishment of the Oulton Suite at De Vere Oulton HallThe Oulton Suite at Oulton Hall is the latest phase of the stunning Yorkshire resort to undergo a full refurbishment.

The function room can accommodate up to 350 people, it boasts natural daylight, a private external entrance into a self contained area, easy access to multiple breakout rooms and complimentary WiFi.

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Strong Showing for Leeds in European Survey of 'Best Locations for Business' 6 Oct 2009

Strong Showing for Leeds in European Survey of 'Best Locations for Business'Leeds has achieved it best ranking to date in the European Cities Monitor, a leading index of business competitiveness published by global commercial property consultants Cushman and Wakefield.

The annual survey is launched this week at Expo Real, one of Europe's main trade shows and conferences for the commercial property industry. Its shows Leeds has moved up four places from 28th to 24th place in the list of 'Best European cities to locate a business'.

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Milanese Buyers Sound Out Leeds’ Conference Venues 2 Oct 2009

Milanese Buyers Sound Out Leeds’ Conference VenuesA year on from the Leeds in Milan Festival of Commerce and Culture, and conference buyers from Milan are visiting the city for themselves Friday 2nd-Monday 5th October, to see the very best Leeds has to offer for the business tourism sector.

Nine buyers who expressed interest in Leeds during the festival in Italy’s business capital, have been invited to the city for four days by Leeds Hotels Association (LHA) Conference Leeds and Marketing Leeds with support from Laurence Bristow-Smith, Consul General and Director General for Trade and Investment Italy. more...

University of Leeds Conference Re-brand 29 Sep 2009

The University of Leeds has re-launched its first class events and conference service under new branding and with a new website.

Previously Universally Leeds, the leading conference and events venue can now be found at www.meetinleeds.co.uk as the University’s successful conference department look to make the most of their location and attract even more conference organisers to Leeds to enjoy private sector hospitality services at affordable prices.

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Why Whispering in Leeds Keeps Britain Talking 25 Sep 2009

Why Whispering in Leeds Keeps Britain TalkingConference Leeds the convention bureau for Leeds and West Yorkshire that markets the area to meetings and events organisers met with buyers at one of Leeds newest venues “Aspire” recently with the aim of “Keeping Leeds Talking”!

Conference Leeds is taking part in the UK wide “Keep Britain Talking Campaign”. The campaign is an initiative run by the meetings and events industry and backed by Visit Britain, for the meetings and events industry. Its core objectives are to raise awareness of the value of meetings and events to wider business and as a lobbying tool to garner more governmental support for the industry.

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Restored Mansion Open for Business 21 Sep 2009

Restored Mansion Open for BusinessThe Mansion at Roundhay Park, Leeds, reopens this week, 7 September 2009, as an exclusive conference, business meeting and corporate event venue.

The grade II listed regency building dating from 1811 has undergone a £1.9m restoration and refurbishment to deliver a blue chip conference centre that is the match of the best city venues in the country.

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Exciting Refurbishment Work at Headingley Experience 18 Sep 2009

Exciting Refurbishment Work at Headingley ExperienceThe Taverners Suite at Headingley Experience has recently undergone a £250,000 renovation programme and is now one of the most sought after venues in Leeds.

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Well Met Conferencing pulls out all the stops for Asda celebration 17 Aug 2009

Well Met Conferencing pulls out all the stops for Asda celebrationLast month (July 09) saw Well Met’s impressive Headingley Campus play host to a celebration evening for the national superstore chain, Asda.

The event, which was attended by just under 600 Asda employees and held in the Headingly Campus marquee, was to recognise the hard work, long service and achievements of its colleagues. The format for the day consisted of arrival drinks from 10.30am before settling down to lunch, pre-awards entertainment and a speech from the Chief Executive of Asda, Andy Bond. The awards ceremony then commenced before the evening was drawn to a close with the final session of entertainment. more...

City Inn launches NEW hotel in Leeds 14 Aug 2009

City Inn launches NEW hotel in LeedsThe progressive, independent hotel group City Inn which created from scratch a new blueprint for contemporary city UK hotels, has opened in Leeds.

City Inn has continuously won a string of industry accolades since opening its doors of the first hotel in Bristol ten years ago. Now the privately-owned chain, which has quickly established itself as one of the leading hotel brands in the UK, has unveiled its latest custom made development after two years of construction, a 13-storey, state-of-the-art new build in the heart of the city centre.

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Ryanair Announces 34th Base at Leeds Bradford - 2 aircraft, 17 routes and 1m passengers per annum 11 Aug 2009

Ryanair Announces 34th Base at Leeds Bradford - 2 aircraft, 17 routes and 1m passengers per annumRyanair, the World’s favourite airline, today (11th August) announced it would open its 34th base at Leeds Bradford in March 2010 with two based aircraft and 14 new routes (17 in total) being launched. Ryanair will offer 63 weekly return flights to/from Leeds Bradford in an investment worth over $140 million in the airport.

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Change of name and £1m new look for Leeds hotel 5 Aug 2009

Change of name and £1m new look for Leeds hotelIt's been known as the Golden Lion for more than 100 years but after a £1m refurbishment and name change, one of the oldest hotels in Leeds been brought bang up to date.

The venue, on the corner of Lower Briggate, has been rebranded the Cosmopolitan and opened its new restaurant and bar in June attracting non-guests to its tables as well as overnight customers.

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Leeds Bradford International Airport Development Plans Approved 31 Jul 2009

Leeds Bradford International Airport Development Plans ApprovedLeeds Bradford International Airport (LBIA) today, (Thursday 23rd July, 2009), received the go-ahead* from Leeds City Council’s Planning Committee to proceed with a £28m development of its passenger terminal and provide impressive new facilities at the region’s premier airport.

The scheme which is backed by the airport’s private equity owners Bridgepoint, follows its purchase of the airport in May 2007 and delivers a commitment to create ‘best in class’ facilities to enhance LBIA’s status as the Gateway to Yorkshire.

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Chevin Country Park Hotel Launch New Dining Club Card 17 Jul 2009

Chevin Country Park Hotel Launch New Dining Club CardThe Chevin Country Park Hotel is pleased to announce the launch of our new Dining Card for our AA Rosette Lakeside Restaurant.

The card will allow users 10% off their entire bill, including wine and drinks from the bar when taken with a meal.

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Delicious Digby at the National Media Museum joins Regional Food Group 13 Jul 2009

Delicious Digby at the National Media Museum joins Regional Food GroupThe National Media Museum in Bradford’s in-house caterers, Digby Trout Restaurants, have joined forces with a collection of Yorkshire’s finest by becoming members of ‘deliciouslyorkshire’ – the campaigning brand for the Regional Food Group (RFG) for Yorkshire and Humber.

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Footballing Legends Officially Launch Leeds' World Cup Bid 8 Jul 2009

Footballing Legends Officially Launch Leeds' World Cup BidThe Leeds City Region has officially launched its bid for Leeds to be a host city for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and Conference Leeds is proud to be part of the team behind the bid.

Footballing legends Norman Hunter, Peter Lorimer, Nigel Martyn and Gordon McQueen were joined by the leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Richard Brett, Leeds United manager Simon Grayson and defender Rui Marques to launch the bid on Millennium Square this morning (Wednesday). more...

Roomzzz Expansion 30 Jun 2009

The success of the boutique brand Roomzzz, an independently owned and operated boutique apart-hotel, is clear to see on the eve of their third site opening - Roomzzz City.

The 36 luxury apartments are the latest edition in the Roomzzz brand portfolio. Opening in June 2009, Roomzzz City combines the best elements of a boutique hotel with the versatility and appeal of a stylish apartment.

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Rose Bowl hosts high-profile NHS Innovation Conference 24 Jun 2009

Rose Bowl hosts high-profile NHS Innovation Conference• 220 health care representatives attend innovation services conference
• Introductions from the Chief Executive of NHS Leeds and the Director of Care Services
• Key speakers include Chief Nursing Officer, Dame Christine Beasley

The Rose Bowl, Well Met Conferencing’s innovative new venue, provided the perfect backdrop for the NHS ‘Transforming Community Services’ event which was held on Monday 15th June. The conference was a huge success and included introductions from the Chief Executive of NHS Leeds, Christine Outram, and a closing summary from Director of Care Services for NHS Leeds Community Healthcare, Philomena Corrigan.


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Rose Bowl construction team celebrate their success 16 Jun 2009

Rose Bowl construction team celebrate their success• 200 guests attend celebratory evening
• Construction companies showcase their skills
• Guests receive a show-round of the new Rose Bowl

Last night (Thursday 11th June), Well Met Conferencing hosted a celebratory event for the team who created and developed the Rose Bowl. The event, organised by Arup Construction and entitled ‘Construction Team Celebration of the Rose Bowl’, was attended by the five different construction companies involved in building the unique venue.

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Success of New Membership Scheme Gives Rudding Park Golfers a 'Fairway' to stay in Credit. 16 Jun 2009

Success of New Membership Scheme Gives Rudding Park Golfers a 'Fairway' to stay in Credit.Following its launch on 1 March 2009, Rudding Park’s new Golf Credit Membership scheme – an innovative programme which enables golfers to ‘pay as they play’ – has seen unprecedented success with over 300 members joining the scheme, half being new members to the club which is based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

The ‘credit friendly’ scheme, the first of its kind in the North of England, has been hailed by former Ryder Cup Captain, Bernard Gallacher OBE, as “fantastic value for money: you just pay when you play ensuring no wasted membership fees, just superb golf." more...

LBIA Flies High On Punctuality 15 Jun 2009

LBIA Flies High On PunctualityLeeds Bradford International Airport (LBIA) today (Monday 15 June 2009) announced the latest quarterly punctuality statistics, with an impressive 93% of flights being either early or on time – that’s top of a comparable CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) punctuality report of other airports released today!

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RAI plc Gets GOLD Award for Excellence 11 Jun 2009

RAI plc Gets GOLD Award for ExcellenceRAI plc is delighted to become the largest Leeds based recipient of the coveted GOLD Accredited in Meetings (AIM) certification. This puts them firmly ahead of the game as they are the first conference facility of its size to gain this award ahead of Harrogate Conference Centre, London Excel, Manchester GMEX and the two main conference venues in Glasgow SECC and Edinburgh EICC. Congratulations have come swiftly from The Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire - Gary Verity and Nicola Lockwood. This prestigious award is a highly desirable testimony to the levels of quality service, the unique facilities and the passion that has made SAVILES Hall and the conference facilities within the Royal Armouries Museum a destination choice for conference organisers across the UK.

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'Fusion Conferences' launched in Shipley West Yorkshire 5 Jun 2009

'Fusion Conferences' launched in Shipley West YorkshireA new concept has been launched in Shipley, West Yorkshire at the YO YO Bar and Restaurant Group. 'Fusion Conferences'represents a shift-change in the food served at conference and meetings events as this popular local restaurant moves into the conference market.

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Take Your Turn on Event TV-Teambuilding ‘The Apprentice’ Style! 29 May 2009

Take Your Turn on Event TV-Teambuilding ‘The Apprentice’ Style!Fans of BBC 1’s ‘The Apprenctice’ were this week treated to a good dose of ‘car crash telly’ - so named by Sir Alan Sugar’s own contenders for the coveted prize. Presenting a prime time slot on a popular home-shopping channel made for entertainment and embarrassment aplenty. Now it’s your turn with Event TV at the National Media Museum in Bradford!

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Well Met Conferencing offer exclusive packages for the Ashes 28 May 2009

Well Met Conferencing offer exclusive packages for the Ashes• Headingley Carnegie – the home of test cricket since 1899
• Well Met Conferencing compile exclusive packages
• Package highlights include reserved match seating, full viewing suite and a complimentary bar

The 7th – 11th August will see the infamous Ashes 4th Test come to Headingley Carnegie, the home of test cricket since 1899. And to celebrate, Well Met Conferencing at Leeds Met University are offering exclusive packages for conference organisers.

Highlights of the packages include, hospitality facilities in a full viewing suite, reserved match-seats for up to 30 people, morning coffee and pastries (on arrival), three course lunch, full afternoon tea, a complimentary bar, programme and scorecard, TV monitor and daily newspaper/s. Based in the Universities glamorous Hirst and Rhodes suite, the packages will start from £430 plus VAT.

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Hospitality Awards Celebrate the City’s Best 18 May 2009

Hospitality Awards Celebrate the City’s BestFriday 8th May saw The Queens hotel host the annual Leeds Hotels Association awards dinner. The awards, which recognise the talent, dedication and commitment to excellence of the city’s 3,000 hotel employees, also included a special Lifetime Achievement award this year. more...

Weetwood Hall – a place for team players 14 May 2009

Weetwood Hall – a place for team playersPart of the Weetwood estate includes the Weetwood Playing Fields which are also owned by the University of Leeds and have some of the most up to date sporting facilities in the region.

Peter Chubb, General Manager of Weetwood Hall says “the portfolio of sport and physical activity adds an exciting and innovative dimension to what is available at Weetwood Hall for teams, clubs, associations and sporting organisations”.

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Guests gather for the official opening of the new Rose Bowl 11 May 2009

Guests gather for the official opening of the new Rose Bowl• Glittering launch event to mark the official opening of The Rose Bowl
• £49 million state –of-the-art conference centre
• Dedicated conference and events facilities for up to 1500

Last Friday (8th April) saw Well Met Conferencing at Leeds Metropolitan University officially launch its latest conference facility - The Rose Bowl. The event was a huge success with over 200 guests attending including top business leaders, deans, academics, contractors, suppliers as well as Hilary Benn MP, representatives from Welcome to Yorkshire and key figures from Leeds City Council.

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Well Met Conferencing to launch new facilities at The Academic Venue Show - Stand 6 5 May 2009

Well Met Conferencing to launch new facilities at The Academic Venue Show - Stand 6• £49 million new state-of-the- art conference centre – The Rose Bowl
• New Carnegie Village to open for group accommodation and residential conferences
• A wide range of high profile events have already taken place in the new Rose Bowl
• Future bookings also confirmed

Wednesday 13th May 2009 will see Well Met conferencing at Leeds Met University attend the Academic Venue Show at the Emirates Stadium, London. The show will allow Well Met to showcase their unique facilities including the state-of-the-art new learning and conference centre - the Rose Bowl, which opens officially on the 8th May and, the new Carnegie Village which will also open later this year. On-stand, the team will also be promoting the quality that comes with choosing a Yorkshire venue, by offering delegates some tasty Yorkshire produce, including Yorkshire beer - Theakstons and Black Sheep.

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Economy Boost For Region As LBIA Announces New Service To London 21 Apr 2009

Economy Boost For Region As LBIA Announces New Service To LondonLBIA played host today (Monday 20th April 2009) to the Yorkshire and Humber Minister, Rt. Hon Rosie Winterton MP, at the launch of a vital new service connecting the region to the capital.

The Minister and business leaders celebrated the introduction of Flybe’s daily service to London Gatwick – providing the only scheduled flights from Yorkshire and the Humber to London.

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The Rose Bowl is now open for business! 21 Apr 2009

The Rose Bowl is now open for business!• £50 million new state-of-the- art facility
• Home of the Leeds Business School
• High profile events already taken place
• Future bookings secured

The Rose Bowl, Leeds Metropolitan University’s state of the art new conferencing facility, is now open for business. The dramatic signature glass building offers dedicated space to conferences and events with capacities that make Well Met one of the largest conference venues in the city. Its unique structure is the new home for Leeds Business School and provides organisers with a choice of 7 lecture theatres which can accommodate for up to 256 delegates as well as breakout facilities for larger conferences. The spaces also have the latest in audio visual technology with free wifi broadband, data projection, portable and permanent screens, DVD and video monitors, which is all included in the day delegate rate package.

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Another First for Leeds 20 Apr 2009

Another First for LeedsFollowing a rigorous assessment process, the department running conferences at the University of Leeds has become the first facilities management and catering services department within the higher education sector to achieve full compliance with the Customer First Standard.

In addition, this impressive positive outcome was achieved by Leeds’ Residential & Commercial Services Directorate at first assessment, something managed by only 20% of participating organisations.

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Confidence in Leeds and West Yorkshire Soars – as Conference Leeds Sweeps the Board 22 Mar 2009

Confidence in Leeds and West Yorkshire Soars – as Conference Leeds Sweeps the BoardConference Leeds, the super convention bureau for Leeds and West Yorkshire is celebrating after 4 of its partners scooped awards in the Yorkshire Insider Business Tourism Awards which took place at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on the 19th March.

Conference Leeds partners who won awards include:

Eureka! National Children’s Museum – Unique Venue of the Year

Radisson SAS Leeds - Best Business Hotel of the Year

Leeds United Football Club - Team of the Year

Nicola Lockwood Head of Conference Leeds - Personality of the Year more...

Leeds United Conference and Events Team Scoop Team of the Year Accolade 21 Mar 2009

Leeds United Conference and Events Team Scoop Team of the Year AccoladeLeeds United's Conference and Events team were honoured this week when they were named the Team of the Year at the Yorkshire Business Tourism Awards for 2009.

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Going for Gold – Weetwood Hall Achieves Esteemed Accreditation 20 Mar 2009

Going for Gold – Weetwood Hall  Achieves Esteemed AccreditationWeetwood Hall Hotel and Conference Centre is the first venue in the North of England to be awarded with the prestigious Gold accreditation from the Meetings Industry Association (MIA).

The Gold Accredited in Meetings (AIM) certification, which has been achieved with support from Conference Leeds symbolises the levels of service, the range of facilities and quality of the offer at Weetwood Hall and it was presented after a day of rigorous assessment focusing specifically on its facilities, services and processes earlier this year. more...

Leeds and West Yorkshire AIM Higher than any other area outside of London! 12 Mar 2009

Leeds and West Yorkshire AIM Higher than any other area outside of London!Conference Leeds - the super convention bureau for Leeds and West Yorkshire is celebrating after over 30 of its venues have achieved the coveted Meetings Industry Association (MIA) AIM Higher Accreditation – the highest number of accredited venues for any region outside of London.

The MIA’s AIM scheme is endorsed by Visit Britain; the national tourism body which is encouraging all meetings venues in England to become AIM accredited to provide assurance to conference and event organisers that venues can demonstrate consistently high meetings standards and have meet stringent assessment criteria. more...

Rudding Park's Housekeeper Wins Top Award 11 Mar 2009

Rudding Park's Housekeeper Wins Top AwardRachael Park, Head Housekeeper at Rudding Park has been voted “Housekeeper of the Year 2009” by the AA.

Senior AA Inspector, Andrew Ford presented Rachael with a specially commissioned Villeroy & Boch decanter and commented on what a tremendous accolade this was.

Rachael was the only nominee to score a 100% grading.

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Rudding Park Amongst World's Top 30 Best Luxury Hotels 13 Feb 2009

Rudding Park Amongst World's Top 30 Best Luxury HotelsRUDDING PARK AMONGST WORLD’S TOP 30 BEST LUXURY HOTELS IN THE 2009 TRIPADVISOR TRAVELERS’ CHOICE AWARDS
- Harrogate Hotel Triumphs for the Second Year Running -

Harrogate’s Rudding Park has been chosen as a Top 100 Best Luxury Hotel by TripAdvisor® in its 2009 Travelers’ Choice® awards.

Beating off stiff competition from international five-star hotel brands such as Peninsula, Mandarin Oriental and Oberoi, Rudding Park achieved 27th place, ranking amongst the Top 30 in the world for the second year in a row.

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Rudding Park Gives VAT Back to Charity 13 Feb 2009

Rudding Park Gives VAT Back to CharityRudding Park has raised just under £900 for local charity St Michael’s Hospice through a VAT reduction voucher scheme over the Christmas period.

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New Accommodation Block Gets Go Ahead at Leeds Trinity & All Saints 12 Feb 2009

New Accommodation Block Gets Go Ahead at Leeds Trinity & All SaintsFollowing Leeds Trinity & All Saint’s recent AIM accreditation, this ‘ideal venue’ is set to get a further boost, as work starts on a new eye catching 198 accommodation block in May.

The new accommodation will provide conference organisers with a whopping 380 en-suite, on campus bedrooms from June 2011.

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Briar Court Hotel Achieves AIM Status – the First in Huddersfield! 10 Feb 2009

Briar Court Hotel Achieves AIM Status – the First in Huddersfield!Briar Court Hotel, Huddersfield, has recently achieved Accredited In Meetings (AIM) status to become the first in Huddersfield to achieve the accreditation.

Isobel Charles, Hotel Manager, stated, “We are extremely pleased to be accredited in meetings, especially as we are the first venue in Huddersfield to have this status. It shows we provide our customers with consistently high quality”.

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Yorkshire On a Plate Event – Huge Success for Conference Leeds 4 Feb 2009

Yorkshire On a Plate Event – Huge Success for Conference LeedsYorkshire’s own celebrity chef, Brian Turner created a mouth-watering range of Yorkshire treats recently for conference buyers at the London Marriott County Hall.

Conference Leeds – the “super convention bureau” that now represents over 200 venues across West Yorkshire - joined Brian and hosts Yorkshire Tourist Board, at the all day event on Tuesday 20th January. The Conference Leeds team met with Meeting and Event organisers from across the UK to show them how creative and extra-ordinary meetings and events in Leeds and West Yorkshire can be. more...

Rare Opportunity for Star Trek Fans to see Original Costumes 27 Jan 2009

Rare Opportunity for Star Trek Fans to see Original CostumesA rare opportunity to see an exhibition of authentic, original costumes and props from the legendary TV series and Movies of Star Trek is heading to Leeds this coming April. The Exhibition entitled ‘Star Trek – These are the Voyages’ will take place at SAVILES Hall in Leeds over the Easter period from the 4th – 19th of April 2009

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Museum Gets £500K Refurbishment for Conference Facilities 23 Jan 2009

Museum Gets £500K Refurbishment for Conference FacilitiesConferences and training will feature as a high priority as companies seek to communicate and achieve their goals in 2009. The Bury Theatre and Wellington Suite are ideal venues within the Royal Armouries Museum in which to deliver your vision.

Royal Armouries (International) plc are pleased to announce a refurbishment of facilities across the museum.

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Phase 1 of Development Opens For Business at Leeds Bradford International Airport 19 Jan 2009

Phase 1 of Development Opens For Business at Leeds Bradford International AirportLeeds Bradford International Airport (LBIA) are delighted to announce the completion of the first phase of the £2 million redevelopment of the airport forecourt.

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Speedmaster Achieve Industry Mark of Quality. 16 Jan 2009

Speedmaster Achieve Industry Mark of Quality.Bradford based Speedmaster Conference Centre are delighted to announce that they have recently secured the prestigious Accredited in Meetings [AIM] entry level accreditation – the indicator of quality for meeting venues.

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New Ambassador Programme for Leeds Metropolitan University aims to win £1m in conferences and events 9 Jan 2009

New Ambassador Programme for Leeds Metropolitan University aims to win £1m in conferences and eventsNew Ambassador Programme for Leeds Metropolitan University aims to win £1m in conferences and events business

- Ambassador Scheme launched on 9th December 2008
- Nearly 100 Ambassadors to promote the University for conferences and events
- Aim to generate £1m per annum of new business by 2010
- £177 million investment in new facilities, including Rose Bowl, Broadcasting Place and Carnegie Village

Tuesday 9th December saw Well Met Conferencing, the conference department for Leeds Metropolitan University, launch its Conference Ambassador Programme, in a bid to attract an additional £1m p.a. worth of business for the University by 2010.

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Brasserie 1 at Craiglands 8 Jan 2009

Brasserie 1 at CraiglandsBrasserie 1 is the exciting new venture opening on the 15th January 2009 at the Craiglands Hotel in Ilkley, to coincide with the 150th Anniversary of this beautiful hotel. With its’ beautiful Victorian architecture built in the 1850’s, it was one of the largest and most finely situated purpose-built hydropathic establishments in the country.

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Cedar Court Hotel Leeds/Bradford Cedar Suite Refurbishment 6 Jan 2009

Cedar Court Hotel Leeds/Bradford Cedar Suite RefurbishmentThe Cedar Court Hotel, Leeds/Bradford is one of the largest independent & purpose built Conference & Banqueting venues in the North.

The Hotel proudly presents it’s brand new, stylish and contemporary “Cedar Suite” with 6 distinctive fibre optic chandeliers & a breathtaking starlight experience. After months of planning and preparation and over half a million pounds of investment, the complete refurbishment of the Hotel’s principle Banqueting Suite is now almost complete.

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Highly Commended award for Weetwood Hall 25 Nov 2008

Highly Commended award for Weetwood HallWeetwood Hall Conference Centre & Hotel, Leeds received a Highly Commended award at the 2008 Venuemasters Marketing awards, held recently at Imago, Loughborough.

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Put the fun into your fundraising event at Craiglands 13 Nov 2008

Put the fun into your fundraising event at CraiglandsWhen it comes to fundraising the Craiglands Hotel is the ultimate venue to raise the stakes and raise the smiles.
We are proud to launch our new fundraising packages designed to make planning simple and ideas endless.

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Rudding Park Scoops Prestigious Award - at Hospitality Industry Oscars 13 Nov 2008

Rudding Park Scoops Prestigious Award - at Hospitality Industry Oscars- Latest Accolade Completes Hat Trick for Rudding Park -

Rudding Park has fended off stiff competition to win Best Conference & Banqueting Team at the annual Hotel Catey Awards 2008, industry equivalent of the Oscars, held in London last Friday.

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Leeds Bradford International Airport Unveils Terminal Development Proposals 6 Nov 2008

Leeds Bradford International Airport Unveils Terminal Development ProposalsLeeds Bradford International Airport (LBIA) has today unveiled a £28m development of its passenger terminal to deliver a step change in the passenger experience at Yorkshire’s gateway as the airport prepares for the next decade of air travel. more...

Bradford based Conference Facility aims for Pole Position 5 Nov 2008

Bradford based Conference Facility aims for Pole PositionAfter a promising first six months which has seen bookings far exceed expectations, Bradford-based venue, Speedmaster Conference Centre has launched its latest package to appeal to businesses across the region.

The motor racing themed conference centre, in Greengates, Bradford, is the first venue in the region to introduce two motor-inspired initiatives, bringing even more added value to conferences and meetings across Yorkshire. more...

City Centre Location Chosen for New Leeds Arena 5 Nov 2008

City Centre Location Chosen for New Leeds ArenaClaypit Lane in Leeds is to be the home of the city’s new arena. Today, senior councillors chose the 5.1 acre site as the preferred location for the multi-million pound entertainment venue.

The Claypit Lane site is part-owned by Leeds Metropolitan University and the process to complete its purchase will now begin. more...

TV's "Apprentice" Star Jennifer Celerier bags a Conference Leeds Gift 3 Nov 2008

TV's "Apprentice" Star Jennifer Celerier bags a Conference Leeds GiftConference Leeds, the super convention bureau for Leeds and West Yorkshire unveiled their latest support for Conference Organisers recently with the help of TV’s “Apprentice Star” Jennifer Celerier.

Conference Leeds have produced the “Leeds, A venue for Life” bag made from 100% cotton and sourced sustainably which is being distributed free to Conference Organisers.
Jennifer was a visitor to the Conference Leeds stand at Event UK, one of the UK’s top business to business events for the meetings and events industry held at the NEC Birmingham on the 16th and 17th September. more...

Mothers Welcome as Conference Centre Becomes the First for Breastfeeding 31 Oct 2008

Mothers Welcome as Conference Centre Becomes the First for BreastfeedingA forward-thinking Bradford company has become the first conference centre in Yorkshire to pro-actively welcome breastfeeding mums.

Award-winning Gumption Centres is supporting The Bradford District NHS’s 'Breastfeeding Welcome Here' campaign to encourage more mothers to breastfeed in public venues. more...

The Loft, Leeds - a New Creative Space Opens in Leeds 23 Oct 2008

You may have heard a rumour about an exciting new city centre events space which opened on the 1st September 2008. The Loft, formerly Northern Light, is set to be the city's most fashionable space and host all manner of events including corporate events, Christmas parties, weddings, meetings & conferences, art exhibitions, fashion shows, product launches...the list is endless! more...

A Right Yorkshire Welcome for Italy - Leeds in Milan Week 13 Oct 2008

A Right Yorkshire Welcome for Italy - Leeds in Milan WeekConference Leeds, the super convention bureau for Leeds and West Yorkshire is heading to Milan this week as part of a wider initiative known as “Leeds in Milan Week”; designed to raise awareness of the city as a place to visit and in which to do business. The event is taking place from the 14th to the 17th October.

The super convention bureau aims to raise the profile of Leeds and West Yorkshire as one of the UKs top meeting and conference destinations. Working in partnership with the Leeds Hoteliers Association, Conference Leeds is hosting a “Meet the Buyers” event where Italian conference buyers are invited to come along and meet with hoteliers and Conference Leeds staff to learn more about hosting an event in Leeds. more...

Teambuilding at Weetwood Hall Hotel & Conference Centre 7 Oct 2008

Teambuilding at Weetwood Hall Hotel & Conference CentreWeetwood Hall are proud to announce a joint venture with The Collingwood Group, specialists in organisational and personal development.

Please click here for further information. more...

Major Awards for Leeds and West Yorkshire 1 Oct 2008

Major Awards for Leeds and West YorkshireConference Leeds, the super convention bureau for Leeds and West Yorkshire is celebrating after 6 of its conference venues and partners received awards in the coveted “White Rose Awards”. The awards are organised annually by Yorkshire Tourist Board in recognition of the high standards of tourist attractions and accommodation in the Yorkshire region. more...

ICA Exhibition at Yorkshire Event Centre 22 Sep 2008

ICA Exhibition at Yorkshire Event CentreThe Ice Cream Alliance will be holding its annual trade only exhibition at the Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate from Tuesday 4th to Thursday 6th November 2008.

The exhibition attracts suppliers of a wide range of goods and services appropriate to ice cream making, moving and selling. Whilst exhibitors and visitors are mainly UK based, others do come from mainland Europe and as far afield as China. more...

Leeds Bradford International Airport, The Fastest Growing Northern Airport 22 Sep 2008

Leeds Bradford International Airport, The Fastest Growing Northern AirportLeeds Bradford International Airport (LBA) saw a record 345,000 passengers pass through the terminal during the month of August – the highest the airport has ever experienced in a single month, and 5% up on last year. more...

Leeds – Beat the Crunch with over 40 special offers! 16 Sep 2008

Leeds – Beat the Crunch with over 40 special offers!Conference Leeds, the super convention bureau for Leeds and West Yorkshire is launching special offers from the hotels and venues in its area at Event UK at the NEC on Tuesday 16th September. Conference Leeds has put together over 40 special deals to show that Leeds and West Yorkshire offer conference organisers excellent value for money despite the current economic climate. more...

Theo Paphitis Launches New Business Degree Course 16 Sep 2008

Theo Paphitis Launches New Business Degree CourseUniversity of Huddersfield in Association with
Royal Armouries (International) plc & Fosters Chartered Accountants

Theo Paphitis Launches New Business Degree Course

PHOTO CALL OPPORTUNITY AND PRESS CONFERENCE 12 NOON 16th SEPT 08

Dragons Den celebrity and self-made retail millionaire Theo Paphitis will launch Huddersfield University’s new BA Honours degree in Enterprise Development at SAVILES Hall in Leeds on the 16th of September 2008. As part of his day in Leeds, Theo will address over 600 students representing 300 high schools who have all been invited to ‘An Audience with Theo'. more...

Leeds Bradford International Airport Records Shortest Average Delays Across 75 Airports Worldwide 16 Sep 2008

According to the latest punctuality statistics from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBIA) out performed its rivals in the second quarter of 2008 with the shortest average delay and the second best on-time performance of 75 airport’s surveyed worldwide. more...

Leeds and West Yorkshire Beat the Credit Crunch 1 Sep 2008

Leeds and West Yorkshire Beat the Credit CrunchConference Leeds, the super convention bureau for Leeds and West Yorkshire is quietly optimistic for the meetings industry in their region, following the release of the latest business tourism statistics. The annual statistics released from the British Conference Venues Survey (BCVS) last month show that Leeds and West Yorkshire are performing above the national average in the meetings industry. more...

Local Schools Learn about Life on the Ocean Wave as the Royal Navy Sails into Leeds United 27 Aug 2008

Local Schools Learn  about Life on the Ocean Wave as the Royal Navy Sails into Leeds UnitedLeeds United was proud to welcome The Royal Navy and Marine Commandoes to Elland Road Stadium for their recent Recruitment Day.

Around 500 pupils from local Secondary Schools met with Royal Navy Divers, the Bomb Disposal Team, the Fleet Air Arm, Royal Marines Visibility Team and Sports Presentation Team. more...

Launch of Yorkshire Networks 26 Aug 2008

Bradford based Yorkshire Networks Ltd is launching it’s new business networking and marketing organisation on the 18th of September in Bradford at the Hilton Bradford from 12 noon.

Speakers:

Stephen Talboys - Director of Regeneration for Bradford Centre Regeneration. (Stephen will be talking about the Masterplan, Key Projects and what the City may look like when the regeneration has finished. Providing the business community with an opportunity to get an update on the £2 Billion pound investment going on in the City of Bradford.) more...

Dubrovnik & Larnaca added from Leeds Bradford International Airport 22 Aug 2008

Dubrovnik & Larnaca added from Leeds Bradford International AirportJet2.com has today confirmed two exciting new additions to its schedule from Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBIA) for summer 2009, meaning there are now a fantastic 40 destinations available from the region. Conference delegates can now fly direct to Leeds Bradford International Airport from Dubrovnik in Croatia and Larnaca in Cyprus.

The airline has hinted that there may still be yet more new routes for next year but would not be drawn on specific destinations. more...

Bradford Offers Great Value for Money for Meetings – its official! 12 Aug 2008

Bradford Offers Great Value for Money for Meetings – its official!The city of Bradford has always offered excellent value for money to conference and event organisers and now this value has been officially acknowledged by the British Conference Venues Survey.

The annual British Conference Venues Survey researches venues across the UK to gain a national perspective on how the meetings industry is performing. The survey revealed that Bradford offers excellent value for money when compared to similar venues across the UK. The average day delegate rate in the city was £34 compared to a national average of £39 and a 24 hour rate of £117 compared to a national average of £130. more...

Building A Better Airport at Leeds Bradford International Airport 1 Aug 2008

Building A Better Airport at Leeds Bradford International AirportLeeds Bradford International Airport (LBIA) is pleased to announce the start of phase 1 and 2 of a multi million pound redevelopment scheme, which will deliver improvements to the car parking facilities and terminal frontage area.

Phase 1, which will be completed in the autumn, includes access improvements for the bus and airport shuttle, a designated Arrow taxi zone alongside the relocation of the Yorkshire Executive Club car park. Phase 2 will see an enhanced rapid pick up and drop off zone, redevelopment of the short stay car park and improved pedestrian walkways. more...

Eureka! Helps Business Leaders Across Yorkshire get Creative 30 Jul 2008

Eureka! Helps Business Leaders Across Yorkshire get CreativeBusiness leaders need to think creatively in order to be profitable and have some fun to escape those credit crunch blues. Eureka! The Museum for Children can help them do just this with playful team-building sessions where staff can learn how to foster their creativity and develop their ‘blue sky thinking’. more...

Leeds Met Open All Hours 30 Jul 2008

Leeds Met Open All HoursRegardless of the time of year the doors at Leeds Met are always open giving access to some of the finest year round conference venues. more...

Ryanair Announces 2 new routes to Girona Barcelona & Alicante from LBIA 30 Jul 2008

Ryanair Announces 2 new routes to Girona Barcelona & Alicante from LBIAThe Girona Barcelona route will operate 4 times weekly from 1st October 2008, while the 3 times weekly service to Alicante will commence on 28th October. more...

Leeds and West Yorkshire Venues Nominated for Prestigious Awards 29 Jul 2008

Leeds and West Yorkshire Venues Nominated for Prestigious AwardsConference Leeds, the super convention bureau for Leeds and West Yorkshire, is celebrating after 10 of its members were nominated for a 2008 White Rose Award in over 7 categories.
Nominated venues include luxurious country house hotels such as Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa and Holdsworth House Hotel and unique attractions such as The National Media Museum Bradford and Royal Armouries, Leeds. more...

Sir Jimmy Savile Receives ‘Investor In People’ Award for RAI plc at SAVILES Hall 21 Jul 2008

Sir Jimmy Savile Receives ‘Investor In People’ Award for RAI plc at SAVILES HallSir Jimmy Savile was delighted to receive the Investors In People Award at SAVILES Hall in Leeds. Presented by CEO of IIP Carole Reid…Sir Jimmy said: “Many parts of the World they only have problems. With ‘Investors In People’ in Britain we have pride…Pride for workers’ is a magical thing”

RAI plc is hosting over 700 events a year across the Royal Armouries Museum and SAVILES Hall. Over the 11 years in business they have become an award-winning events company providing first class facilities to the conference, exhibition and banqueting industry. more...

Canapes and Culture at the National Media Museum, Bradford 20 Jul 2008

Canapes and Culture at the National Media Museum, BradfordAn innovative new concept for corporate hire is now on offer at the National Media Museum in Bradford. The series of 'Canapes and Culture' packages, centre around the museum's rolling programme of world class temporary exhibitions dedicated to the past, present and future of the media world. more...

Winning Streak for Conference Facilities at Leeds United 1 Jul 2008

Winning Streak for Conference Facilities at Leeds UnitedStaff at Elland Road Stadium, Leeds United’s Conference & Events facility, are celebrating after achieving not one, but two meetings accolades recently.

Elland Road a partner of Conference Leeds the super convention bureau for Leeds and West Yorkshire, recently secured the prestigious AIM entry level accreditation and also won the Director’s Choice Dining Room Award, League 1, presented recently at the official Football Hospitality Awards 2008. more...

Rudding Park’s Chef Voted Number One 24 Jun 2008

Rudding Park’s Chef Voted Number OneStephen Ashburn, Rudding Park’s Conference and Banqueting Head Chef, was awarded “Banqueting Chef of the Year” by the prestigious Craft Guild of Chefs at their 2008 awards ceremony held in London. more...

Churches and Great Halls at Leeds University 8 May 2008

Churches and Great Halls at Leeds UniversityMany conference organisers are moving away from traditional, multi purpose venues and looking for somewhere that little bit different to hold their event. According to David Meli, commercial development manager at the University of Leeds, there is one venue on campus that is starting to cause a stir and has a slightly more spiritual feel.

“We have seen increased demand from conference organisers and delegates for more unusual, quirky venues that have a story to tell,” says David. “One venue that has proved particularly popular for meetings since its transformation several years ago is the University’s Emmanuel Centre.” more...

Sir Stirling Moss OBE opens Speedmasters 25 Apr 2008

Sir Stirling Moss OBE opens SpeedmastersHundreds of people lined the streets of Bradford on Thursday April 24th to see motor racing legend Sir Stirling Moss drive a long-nose Jaguar D-Type to Speedmaster in Greengates, where he opened Europe's first motoring themed conference centre.

Sir Stirling headed a cavalcade of historic Jaguars from the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust, that were given a police escort from Bradfords City Hall to the new conference centre in Greengates. more...

£3 billion Transformation Planned for Bradford 24 Apr 2008

£3 billion Transformation Planned for BradfordConference Leeds, the Super Convention Bureau for Leeds and West Yorkshire are flying the flag for Bradford, as the city’s immense pace of development raises its national and international profile and puts it firmly on the UK conference industry map.

Bradford has one of the UK’s most ambitious regeneration programmes currently underway – valued at a colossal £3 billion. Developments include:

• A major city centre master plan with a £340 million retail heart, a unique 10 acre park which will contain 1 of the worlds largest city centre water features and a new business district

• International business park developer, ProLogis Developments is creating their biggest logistics centre in Europe, with familiar names such as Marks and Spencer already on board, creating 2,500 jobs

• An expanding technology sector centred around the University and Airedale Pace with global businesses such as Micro Technology, Filtronic and Power Wave

• Hotel and conference development continues to flourish with the Tomahawk group winning “Best Small Venue of the year” in the Yorkshire Insider Business Tourism Awards 2008 for their boutique style Great Victoria Hotel, the opening of the new Speed Master Conference Centre (including a state of the art showroom for classic cars), and major developments at West Yorkshire’s largest 2000 capacity venue the ALCC. more...

Can’t Cook. Won’t Cook? - The Midland Hotel Bradford Hosts Healthy Eating Conference 24 Apr 2008

Can’t Cook. Won’t Cook? - The Midland Hotel Bradford Hosts Healthy Eating ConferenceThe Midlands Hotel in Bradford is hosting an event aimed at transforming catering in Colleges across the UK, the way that Jamie Oliver’s “school dinners” did for pre-16 schools.

The Midland Hotel, part of Conference Leeds, the super convention bureau for Leeds and West Yorkshire is the chosen venue to host Bradford College’s “Healthy College Annual Conference” – a one day event on April 23rd.

Celebrity chef Lesley Waters will be on hand to launch the event. Lesley is a well known face on TV, regularly appearing in Ready Steady Cook, Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook and making guest appearances on Food and Drink and Who’ll Do the Pudding? more...

Conferences at the Coal Face Prove Huge Success for the National Coal Mining Museum in West Yorkshir 23 Apr 2008

Conferences at the Coal Face Prove Huge Success for the National Coal Mining Museum in West YorkshirThe National Coal Mining Museum for England, located in Wakefield West Yorkshire, is celebrating after it has recorded its most successful year yet for conference visitors to its unique facilities. The Museum smashed its previous highest visitor numbers during 2007/8, with over 10,000 people experiencing conferences with a difference!

The Museum, a member of Conference Leeds the Super Convention Bureau for Leeds and West Yorkshire has proved popular with delegates who not only enjoy the extensive, modern conference facilities, but many also take the opportunity to travel 140 metres underground down one of Britain 's oldest working mines! more...

Snow Slopes, Coal Mines, Jousting and Big Game Hunting - It Can Only Be Leeds! 22 Apr 2008

Snow Slopes, Coal Mines, Jousting and Big Game Hunting - It Can Only Be Leeds!Conference Leeds, the super convention bureau for Leeds and West Yorkshire and the organisation responsible for attracting conference and events into the area, has launched its most ambitious guide yet aimed at national event and meeting organisers.

The free “Conference Leeds Business Tourism Portfolio” features almost eighty venues in a 64 page glossy guide designed to raise West Yorkshire’s profile amongst UK and overseas Conference Organisers. more...

Conference Leeds Sweeps the Board at the Inaugural Yorkshire Insider Business Awards 18 Mar 2008

Conference Leeds Sweeps the Board at the Inaugural Yorkshire Insider Business AwardsConference Leeds, the super convention bureau for Leeds and West Yorkshire is celebrating after 4 of its venues scooped awards in the Yorkshire Insider Business Tourism Awards which took place at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on the 12th March. more...

Conference Leeds Targets Fashion Exhibition Sector as Stunning Marilyn Monroe Collection Heads North 17 Mar 2008

Conference Leeds Targets Fashion Exhibition Sector as Stunning Marilyn Monroe Collection Heads NorthFor the very first time, dresses created especially for Hollywood’s most iconic film star, Marilyn Monroe, will come North to showcase at SAVILES Hall opposite the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds on Monday March 17th. The exhibition is open from 11am to 7pm daily until the 29th March.

Suzie Kennedy – Voted The Worlds No 1 Leading Marilyn Monroe look-a-like will launch the exhibition with Sir Jimmy Savile, Conference Leeds and Event Organiser Andrew Hansford on 11am Monday 17th of March 2008 more...

Conference Leeds Members Set to Sweep the Board in the First Business Tourism Awards for Yorkshire 28 Feb 2008

Conference Leeds Members Set to Sweep the Board in the First Business Tourism Awards for YorkshireConference Leeds, the super convention bureau for Leeds and West Yorkshire are quietly celebrating after 9 of their members were nominated for awards in the forthcoming Yorkshire Insider Business Tourism Awards taking place the 12th march at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

This is the inaugural year for the awards which have been launched in recognition of Yorkshire’s business tourism industry which has flourished in recent years due to a host of new facilities and the massive growth in hotel stock across the Leeds area. more...

How to Pull the Right Venue out of the Hat 27 Feb 2008

How to Pull the Right Venue out of the HatNorth East Destinations Masterclass at the Northern Venue Exhibition and Big Wow Show

Royal Armouries, Leeds on Wednesday March 12th 2008

• Want to know how to make every event run smoothly?
• Need to know how to get the best from your venue?
• Do you ever wish there was a magical place where all
your conference destination questions could be
answered?

Be Dazzled! Joanna Aspin has a wealth of conference sales and destination experience and today provides consultancy and training to the conference industry. Having worked with venues to improve their customer service she will teach you simple tricks to ensure that you get the best from them! From rate negotiation to ensuring you get the best service possible for your delegates. Be Amazed! Mike Lyons, director of Write Style Communications Ltd, has over 15 years experience in conference buying for some of the UK’s largest companies. Having the right tool to research the appropriate venue and destination were key to guaranteeing the success of his events. Mike will reveal his secrets for getting the most from attending site visits and ensuring time out of the office is well spent. Be Astonished! By what the North East Conference Destinations can do for you! Simply by contacting any destination with your conference requirements or destination queries time can be instantly saved!

9:15 Registration & refreshments
9:30- 10:40 Presentations

To book your space telephone 01904 554460 or e-mail conference@york-tourism.co.uk more...

Delegates Flock to Leeds as the City Surges Ahead in Popularity Poles 18 Feb 2008

2007 was a boom year for business tourism in Leeds. The City has been named as one of the UK’s top 5 meeting destinations in every major independent business tourism survey undertaken last year. Leeds has appeared in the top 5 rankings of both the UK Conference Market Survey (UKCMS) and the United Kingdom Tourism Survey (UKTS). more...

Lavish Lofts Bring a New Height of Hotel Luxury to Yorkshire 8 Feb 2008

Lavish Lofts Bring a New Height of Hotel Luxury to YorkshireThe renowned Great Victoria Hotel in the city centre of Bradford opened its doors to the ultimate in luxury accommodation on February 8th, as it launched its spectacular ‘Fourth Floor’.

The collection of rooms and suites are ideal for business travellers who need easy access to both Leeds and Bradford. Amongst the luxurious bedroom suites is a two-bedroom penthouse with lounge, dining area and separate study, designed with the longer-staying business traveller in mind. more...

Claire Just Can't Keep Away from Conference Leeds 24 Jan 2008

Claire Just Can't Keep Away from Conference LeedsConference Leeds – the newly formed “super convention bureau” that now represents over 200 venues across Leeds and West Yorkshire - has recently expanded its activities and taken on a new member of staff to assist with its new role of promoting Leeds and West Yorkshire for meetings, conferences and corporate activities. more...

Celebrity Chef Brian Turner Cooks up Business for Conference Leeds 18 Jan 2008

Celebrity Chef Brian Turner Cooks up Business for Conference LeedsYorkshire’s own celebrity chef, Brian Turner created a mouth-watering range of Yorkshire treats for conference buyers at the Millennium Hotel London Mayfair.

Conference Leeds – the newly formed “super convention bureau” that now represents over 200 venues across West Yorkshire - joined Brian and hosts Yorkshire Tourist Board, at the all day event on Thursday 17th January. The Conference Leeds team showcased to buyers how creative and extra-ordinary meetings and events in Leeds and West Yorkshire can be. more...

A Taste of Yorkshire Treat for the Big City 9 Jan 2008

A Taste of Yorkshire Treat for the Big CityOn Thursday the 17th January, Conference Leeds will be joining forces with Yorkshire Tourist Board and five other Yorkshire conference bureaux to offer UK conference buyers and journalists the chance to sample the the finest of culinary delights from Yorkshire at the Millennium Hotel London Mayfair - all prepared by celebrity Yorkshire chef Brian Turner. more...

New Designer Loft Bedrooms at the Great Victoria, Bradford 4 Jan 2008

New Designer Loft Bedrooms at the Great Victoria, BradfordThe Great Victoria already has 57 stunning individually designed bedrooms but in early February, the new fourth floor will open and this will be the ultimate in luxury loft living in a city hotel. more...

Conference Leeds Launch of “Super Convention Bureau” – Hailed a Success 7 Dec 2007

Conference Leeds Launch of “Super Convention Bureau” – Hailed a SuccessConference Leeds Launch of “super convention bureau” – hailed a success at special Leeds Met events network reception in Leeds.

Conference Leeds, the organisation responsible for promoting meetings and events in Leeds launched exciting new plans for expansion at a celebratory network event hosted by Leeds Met’s UK Centre for Events Management on December the 7th at the Round Foundry Media Centre, Leeds.

Conference Leeds have joined forces with Leeds Met and partners from across the entire West Yorkshire region to celebrate the creation of a new events network and a “super convention bureau”, representing almost 250 venues and giving buyers access to a “one stop shop” for event planning covering venues across the West Yorkshire region – including Bradford, Huddersfield, Wakefield and Calderdale. more...

Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Hepworth Wakefield 6 Dec 2007

Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Hepworth WakefieldA formal groundbreaking event on Friday, 7 December celebrates the start of construction of The Hepworth Wakefield on Wakefield’s historic waterfront. more...

Conference Leeds announces “super convention bureau” – at special Leeds Met events network reception 3 Dec 2007

Conference Leeds announces “super convention bureau” – at special Leeds Met events network receptionConference Leeds, the organisation responsible for promoting meetings and events in Leeds are unveiling exciting new plans for expansion at a celebratory network event being hosted by Leeds Met’s UK Centre for Events Management on December the 7th at the Round Foundry Media Centre, Leeds more...

Coal Mining Museum scoops Wakefield Business Award 26 Nov 2007

Coal Mining Museum scoops Wakefield Business AwardThe National Coal Mining Museum for England scooped the prestigious Business of the Year Award at the First Wakefield Business Awards. The First Wakefield Business Awards provide Wakefield’s thriving business community with a platform on which to showcase the districts outstanding success stories. more...

Business Boost as City Centre Hotel Unveils Its "Magnificent seven" 12 Nov 2007

Business Boost as City Centre Hotel Unveils Its "Magnificent seven"LEEDS’ growing appeal as a business tourism destination is being boosted this week by the unveiling of the city centre’s biggest collection of hotel meeting rooms.

The Met Hotel in King Street – part of Harrogate-based Principal Hayley Group - has doubled its capacity for conferences, meetings and training events as part of a £6m modernisation programme across its estate. more...

Yorkshire CEO publicly condemns government decision to cut funding for Tourism 6 Nov 2007

Yorkshire CEO publicly condemns government decision to cut funding for TourismDavid Andrews, chief executive of regional tourism agency Yorkshire Tourist Board has roundly condemned the Government's decision to cut funding to national tourist board, VisitBritain, by 18%. This follows static funding over the last decade, meaning a 50% reduction in real terms since 1997 more...

Bretton Hall to be Transformed 1 Nov 2007

Bretton Hall to be TransformedBretton Hall at Wakefield is set to be developed as a luxury hotel and spa with strong creative links to the adjoining and highly-popular Yorkshire Sculpture Park. more...

Yorkshire Students Impressed with careers in Meetings Industry 17 Oct 2007

Yorkshire Students Impressed with careers in Meetings IndustryShowing their support for National Meetings Week, Conference Leeds highlighted careers in the hospitality industry this week in an event staged to raise the profile of the Meetings Industry. more...

City Inn announces new £50 million + landmark development in outstanding location in Leeds City Cent 16 Oct 2007

City Inn, the award winning (“Best Business Hotel Brand” 2006, 2007), privately owned UK hotel company, that owns, develops and operates high quality, new build, contemporary hotels, has announced the imminent start of construction of a brand new landmark hotel in the prime location of Granary Wharf Leeds. more...

Biggest Ever Route Launch As Low Cost Airline Expands Leeds’ Horizons From £19.99 12 Sep 2007

Biggest Ever Route Launch As Low Cost Airline Expands Leeds’ Horizons From £19.99Jet2.com, the low cost airline, has today not only announced eight new destinations from its base at Leeds Bradford airport but also a significant expansion of existing routes and a closer working relationship with Leeds Rhinos and Leeds Carnegie, all aimed at significantly raising the profile of Jet2.com, Leeds Bradford International Airport and the Yorkshire region, particularly on the European stage. more...

Chef Raymond Blanc to Open Brasserie Blanc in Leeds 24 Jul 2007

Chef Raymond Blanc to Open Brasserie Blanc in LeedsRaymond Blanc will launch his sixth Brasserie Blanc in the centre of Leeds in early September 2007. The 120-cover French Brasserie & Bar will be located on the former site of Leodis Restaurant (Victoria Mill, Sovereign Street, Leeds LS1 4BJ). The Brasserie will have a warm and stylish interior with banquette seating and contemporary art by acclaimed artist Jenny Muncaster. more...

Conference Leeds Looking for New Staff to Strengthen the Team 9 Jul 2007

The newly formed West Yorkshire Tourism Partnership has identified business tourism as one of its key priorities. The Partnership is funded by Yorkshire Forward, the five local authorieis of West Yorkshire and the private sector. With this in mind we are now recruiting for two new posts. more...

Refrubishment at Cedar Court Hotel Leeds/Bradford 26 Jun 2007

Refrubishment at Cedar Court Hotel Leeds/BradfordThe purpose built Cedar Court Hotel Leeds/Bradford is delighted to announce their fabulous refurbishment plans are well underway!

The 7 figure upgrade aims to put the perfectly located hotel right to the fore front. Sleek lines, decadent colours and unique lighting were top of the list for this hotel which can comfortably handle up to 800 delegates in their premier Cedar Suite. more...

NEW EXPERIENCE FOR VISITORS AT REFURBISHED ART GALLERY 22 Jun 2007

Visitors to the refurbished Leeds City Art Gallery will be rewarded with striking new displays of some its most breathtaking exhibits and a new shop and a classy café featuring the best of Yorkshire. more...

Yorkshire Hotel Unveils Driving Ambition to Relaunch as a Golf and Leisure Resort 31 May 2007

Yorkshire Hotel Unveils Driving Ambition to Relaunch as a Golf and Leisure ResortYORKSHIRE’S sole 5-star hotel is poised to unveil itself as a luxury golf and leisure resort as a multi-million pound investment programme gets into full swing.

This spring, the newly-formed resort at the 350-acre De Vere Oulton Hall, near Leeds, is starting to see the first signs of the major development coming to fruition. In total £7.5 million will be spent of the development of the golf side of the business. more...

Eurostar Brings the Continent Closer to Leeds 24 May 2007

Eurostar Brings the Continent Closer to LeedsThe high-speed rail line will deliver an attractive alternative to flying to Leeds from the continent.

Eurostar, the high-speed passenger train operator, is set to boost travel between France and Belgium and Leeds when it launches services from St Pancras International on 14 November - providing faster, more convenient journeys from the continent. more...

Sales Manager Determined to Race for her Loved Ones 10 May 2007

Sales Manager Determined to Race for her Loved OnesIrene Zdziebko, Sales Manager at the Yorkshire Event Centre, the host venue for Race for Life, is running this year’s race in memory of a close friend who recently lost her fight against breast cancer and to support her beloved brother, who was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. more...

Bridgepoint acquires Leeds Bradford International Airport 3 May 2007

Bridgepoint acquires Leeds Bradford International AirportBridgepoint acquires Leeds Bradford International Airport £70 million expansion plan announced

Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBIA) has been sold to European private equity firm Bridgepoint in a transaction totalling £145.5 million following a decision by five West Yorkshire councils to sell 100% of the share capital in the airport. more...

Conference Leeds Wins Silver Award in Top Industry Awards 2 Mar 2007

Conference Leeds Wins Silver Award in Top Industry AwardsConference Leeds has won the Silver Award in the 2007 Meetings & Incentive Travel Industry Awards in the Category of Best UK Convention Bureau. This was the first time that Conference Leeds has made the finals of these prestigious awards. more...

Meet me at the Mal 1 Mar 2007

Meet me at the MalThe meeting rooms at the Malmaison hotel in Leeds have had a face lift. The full re-furbishment of the meetings floor was completed at the end of January. As well as meetings, all 4 rooms can now be used for private dining, networking events, mixology events, product launches...the list is endless. more...

bmi regional to Start Direct Services from Leeds Bradford 1 Mar 2007

bmi regional to Start Direct Services from Leeds Bradfordbmi regional, officially the UK’s most punctual and reliable airline, today announces another new international air route from Leeds Bradford and a first for the UK.

Starting 23 April, direct flights will link Leeds Bradford with Lille in northern France six days a week with convenient flight schedules for both business and leisure purpose travellers. Flights are also timed to offer excellent connections at Leeds Bradford to and from Edinburgh and Glasgow. more...

Leeds Wins Bid to Host 2008 World Corporate Games 21 Feb 2007

Leeds has won the bid to host the World Corporate Games in July 2008. The four day event will bring thousands of participants from the world’s largest businesses to Leeds, where they will compete in more than 20 sports ranging from rugby sevens to tennis and golf to racing dragon boats. more...

Join us at the Perfect Bag Lunch on 13 March 2007 16 Feb 2007

Join us at the Perfect Bag Lunch on 13 March 2007Conference Leeds is well versed in pulling great venues
out of the bag for events in the city, but did you know
that the contents of your handbag could reveal an awful
lot about you, your personality and your life?

Join Conference Leeds at our free lunchtime event where
we will bring you bang up to date with the diverse range
of venues available in Leeds and at the same time, our
unique handbag reader will provide you with an insight to
what is going on in your life and tell you a little more
about your personality…

Go on join us if you dare, and make sure you bring your bag along!

Tuesday 13th March 2007
Yorkshire Corporate Hospitality Show
Royal Armouries, Leeds
12.00 noon until 2.15pm

To book email: theperfectbag@bleuberries.com or call the perfect team on 07793 766440 more...

Latest News - February 2007 15 Feb 2007

Latest News - February 2007All the latest news including Leeds' successful bid for a 'large' casino; new Special Offers section at www.conference-leeds.com/specialoffers, the latest news on Saviles Hall at the Royal Armouries, record year at Leeds Bradford International Airport and new conference facility at Pole Position Indoor Karting. more...

Latest News from Malmaison Leeds 1 Feb 2007

All the latest news from Malmaison Leeds including a new Home Grown and Local menu, refurbishment of meeting rooms and a new Head Chef. more...

Casino Verdict : Leeds Vows to Ensure Casino Project Brings Maximum Benefit to the City 30 Jan 2007

Casino Verdict :  Leeds Vows to Ensure Casino Project Brings Maximum Benefit to the CityThe team behind Leeds’s successful bid to secure a licence for a new large casino has vowed to ensure that any new casino will play an instrumental role in the city’s reneration programme and that vulnerable people are protected from the negative aspects of gambling.

Reacting to today’s announcement from the Casino Advisory Panel (CAP) that Leeds has been recommended to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport as a location for a new large casino, Leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Andrew Carter said:

“Despite reservations we felt that it was important we took the opportunity to compete with other major cities for a slice of the huge regeneration potential a new casino
could bring to Leeds. There is no doubt the casino complex will generate jobs, however we do not underestimate the possible social impact and we must focus on making sure vulnerable people are protected from any downsides.

“We live in a competitive situation where Leeds desperately needs regeneration funding and the Government has made it clear that a casino complex is an important vehicle for this regeneration.

“Independent research shows that a new casino complex will generate over 700 fulltime jobs, attract £21million of new investment and bring an extra one million people
into the city each year. Our job now is to manage the process so that the new casino brings the widest possible benefits to local people and businesses in Leeds and the
wider Yorkshire area. We are well aware that this project needs to be managed carefully to mitigate potential social impacts, and our focus now is on delivering the
best possible project for the city.” more...

Further Expansion for Leeds Karting Facility 14 Dec 2006

Further Expansion for Leeds Karting FacilityA new conference facility has been developed at the Pole Position Indoor Karting (PPiK) venue, just south of Leeds City Centre. The work has been part funded by the Aire Valley project to assist PPiK in attracting more corporate clients to the venue and increasing employment levels from the local area. more...

Giant Step Forward for City Arena 12 Dec 2006

Giant Step Forward for City ArenaPlans for an arena development in Leeds will take a giant step forward tomorrow when council chiefs meet to agree a detailed plan to deliver it.

At a meeting of Leeds City Council’s executive board on Wednesday 13 December, members will be presented with the findings of a study undertaken by PMP consultants into whether the delivery of an arena for Leeds and with wider region is feasible. more...

Latest News - December 2006 1 Dec 2006

Latest News - December 2006All the latest news including new routes to Aberdeen and Galway and Cork and 4 AA Red Stars for Wood Hall Hotel. more...

Yorkshire Targets Top Buyers in Europe 24 Nov 2006

Yorkshire Targets Top Buyers in EuropeRegional tourism marketing agency Yorkshire Tourist Board (YTB) is to unveil its first ever promotional business tourism DVD and the brand new guide to Yorkshire as a business tourism destination. The DVD 'A different agenda - Yorkshire, it's the business' and guide 'Conference Yorkshire 2007' will be launched to an audience of over 6,000 hosted buyers visitors and industry media at the Britain Pavilion (booth number G110) during European Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings (EIBTM), Europe's largest trade event for the meetings, incentive travel and business tourism industry, this coming week in Barcelona (28 - 30 November 2006). more...

Get Online for a Conference Call 15 Nov 2006

Get Online for a Conference CallA new website which will allow organisations to hire three of the finest conference venues in Leeds is to go live from today.

Run by Leeds City Council, the ‘Conference Culture’ website found at www.conferenceculture.co.uk shows the range of conference facilities available at Leeds Town Hall, Leeds Art Gallery and The Carriageworks. more...

Business Tourism - Say Leeds! 20 Oct 2006

Business Tourism - Say Leeds!The business tourism scene in Leeds will change significantly in 2007 with the opening of Hall2 at the Royal Armouries, the opening of a new conference facility at the Hilton Leeds City and a number of hotels being added to the city’s already varied choice of venues. With this in mind Conference Leeds is delighted to announce the simultaneous launch of their new website and the new updated conference guide for 2006/07. more...

Latest News 20 Oct 2006

Latest NewsRead about the latest business tourism news in Leeds including awards for Malmaison and Jet2.com, major events including the Academy of Sustainable Communities International Symposium, Council for European Urbanism's International Congress, new flights and Leeds - the UK's Most Female Friendly City. more...

Malmaison Leeds - Yorkshire Hotel of the Year 19 Sep 2006

Malmaison Leeds - Yorkshire Hotel of the YearMalmaison Leeds has won the Hotel of the Year Award (35 bedrooms and over) at the annual Yorkshire Tourist Board (YTB) White Rose Awards for Tourism on 19 September 2006. more...

National conference delegates invited to live it and love it in Leeds 15 Sep 2006

Conference Leeds is adopting the Leeds, Live it, Love it brand as part of its drive to increase the amount of business tourism to the city.

The team from Conference Leeds, the city’s conference bureau, and part of Leeds City Council’s Development Department will be launching their new brand, Business Tourism guide and website at the National Venue Show at the NEC from 19 – 21 September. more...

HALL2 - Leeds' Largest, Newest Venue Gets the Go-Ahead 1 Sep 2006

HALL2 - Leeds' Largest, Newest Venue Gets the Go-AheadRoyal Armouries(International)plc has been given the go-ahead to build Leeds’largest conference and exhibition centre – plans were finally unveiled last night to show a £5m development located at Clarence Dock next to the Royal Armouries Museum. more...

Latest News - Summer 06 1 Jul 2006

Latest News - Summer 06Read about the latest business tourism news in Leeds including Yorkshire's successful bid to host the International Indian Film Academy Awards in 2007, finalists in the White Rose Awards, new conference facilities at Leeds Met University and new flights to Leeds Bradford International Airport from Aberdeen, the Isle of Man, Galway, Cork and Bergerac. more...

Classic Style Returns to the Queens Hotel 1 Nov 2005

The Queens hotel, owned by Leeds based QHotels, is the most famous landmark hotel in Leeds city centre, occupying a prime position in City Square right in the heart of the business district. In November 2005 they launched the completion of their extensive £11 million refurbishment project which touched on every facet of the hotel. more...