2018 saw Leeds
climb to the fourth place of most popular conferencing city in the UK, according to the 2018 British Meetings and Events Industry survey (BMEIS). The city plans to continue last year’s investment also in 2019 with the refurbishment of many more Leeds venues, with the Leeds Town Hall and the recently re-named Leeds Playhouse currently undergoing a massive redevelopment to improve their conferencing spaces. Alongside this, a variety of new venues are set to open and some of the cultural spaces in the city continue to benefit from investment.
The brand new NEXUS centre
will also open up this year providing a range of spaces for networking and collaboration, including meeting rooms, presentation space and an innovation suite, as well as offering office and laboratory space for external technology-led companies. This will be part of the new Innovation Centre in the city, which is focused on the academic and economic strengths of the city, particularly health innovation, engineering, financial and business services, data analytics and digital technologies.
Leeds has already laid the foundations for the Innovation District, the largest centre for knowledge-based industries and financial services outside the capital which attracts some of the best and most innovative companies and researchers from within the UK and further afield.