When it comes to the Northern Powerful, the city of Leeds is one of the main players. This West Yorkshire metropolis has a large finance and service sector. Then there is tourism. The result is that the city is a major contributor to the GDP of the region.
In fact, according to Professor Julia Bennell, Executive Dean of Leeds University Business School @BennellJulia: “Leeds is the largest centre for financial and legal services in the UK outside London and has one of the largest concentrations of higher education institutions in Europe.”
You may not be surprised to find then that the Capital of the North has several impressive conference venues. Here is a handful of the best right here:
This former workhouse and Grade II-listed building has stunning architecture and some historical collections worth having a look at while in the city.
Sitting next to St James’s University Hospital on Beckett Street, it’s in a central location so easy to reach. There are many average-sized rooms for meetings as well as an auditorium and intimate gallery room. The maximum single space capacity is 200, seating is 150.
Something a little more up-to-date is the Workspace Hub in Northgate. In addition to meeting spaces, co-working layouts and temporary offices, it also boasts a penthouse event suite with a roof terrace and views across Leeds. The maximum single space capacity is 150.
Another contemporary business location, Wizu Workspace may be set in a Grade I-listed building, but inside it’s all bright colours and modern lighting. It’s a nice juxtaposition of large bay windows and state-of-the-art computing equipment and IT gadgets. It’s a six-minute walk from the city’s main train station but there’s also plenty of parking around and about. The maximum single space seating capacity is 12
Another modern venue, the Liquor Studio is actually a craft beer brewery. But it offers excellent office amenities, such as a digital whiteboard and breakout space in what has to be one of the most unusual working environments around. Naturally, refreshments consist of coffee, tea, juice and er, craft beer…
The maximum single space seating capacity is 19, standing capacity totals 60.
Built back in the mid 19th century, Leeds Town Hall is an impressive building that has been designed in the classical Corinthian style, complete with columns and statues. Its huge size makes it excellent for large meetings and ceremonies. But small meetings can be catered for too, in one of its 11 business rooms. There are also larger spaces for lectures and workshops. Catering is available, including bar facilities.
The maximum single space seating capacity is 1,200 and the banquet capacity is 400.
Another old building, St Paul’s House dates back to 1878. The former warehouse and textile works boast excellent views of Park Square and have a great location, being in the centre of the city. As well as an on-site concierge service you’ll find climate control technology to keep meeting attendees comfortable however long their meeting goes on. The maximum single space seating capacity is 12.