Fast-growing and prosperous Leeds is West Yorkshire’s largest commercial and financial hub. With interesting venues like the Royal Armouries, Northern Ballet and Horizon Leeds, it's also popular with corporate groups – more than 4 million delegates visited last year. Law and finance are major business sectors (it is home to First Direct, Yorkshire Bank and others), and the city is the largest legal centre outside of London.
Address: 2 Infirmary Street, Leeds LS1 2JP
Tel: 01132 368 368
Set in a beautifully restored Grade II listed building, Aspire is a chic choice for banqueting and events with a range of smart spaces for hire, including the Mezzanine Champagne bar for 300 guests, and the spectacular Banking Hall for up to 1,100 guests.
PRICE Hire from £20 per hour plus VAT
Name: Canal Mills
Address: Brandon Street, Leeds LS12 2ED
Tel: 0800 160 1138
Once a dilapidated former textile mill, Canal Mills re-launched this year as a creative art, food and music event space after a lavish refurbishment. Its sizeable interior, complete with high ceilings, exposed beams and restored brickwork, can host up to 1,400.
PRICE DDR from £35pp plus VAT.
ON A SHOESTRING
Name: The Studio
Address: Tel: 0800 028 6694
The Studio Leeds opened last year and has established itself as a good value meeting venue. Located less than a ten-minute walk from Leeds station, the venue offers seven meeting rooms, the largest of which can host up to 180.
PRICE DDR from £25pp plus VAT.
SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED
Name: Thackray Medical Museum
Address: Beckett Street, Leeds LS9 7LN
Tel: 0113 244 4343
The richly decorated Wilkinson Room at the 150-year-old Thackray Medical Museum offers an intimate setting for up to 24 guests. Guests can wander the Museum’s historic galleries and a fully recreated Victorian street.
PRICE Evening hire from £150 plus VAT.
Name: First Direct Arena
Address: Arena Way, Leeds LS2 8BY
Tel: 0844 248 1585
The 13,500 capacity First Direct Arena opened in 2013 and has since played host to stars like Sir Elton John and Bruce Springsteen, but its choice of versatile function rooms, exhibition areas and breakout zones also makes it a viable option for groups both large and small. State of the art AV equipment and a range of production gizmos are among the facilities.
PRICE DDR rates vary.
OUT OF TOWN
Name: Harewood House
Address: Harewood, LS17 9LG
Tel: 0113 218 1010
For an elegant private dining experience, Harewood House, seven miles out of the city, is hard to beat. Guests are served in the grandest rooms of the house, with food and wine provided by local Michelin-starred Box Tree Restaurant. Dinners for up to 80 guests and Champagne receptions for up to 200 can be catered for.
PRICE Venue hire from £3,500 plus VAT.
Getting there: By rail: Frequent direct trains travel from London to Leeds in just over two hours with Virgin Trains East Coast. By air: Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) is situated eight miles from Leeds city centre. Visitors can fly in from around 75 destinations, and there are three flights a day from London Heathrow operated by British Airways. For further information, contact Conference Leeds on 0113 378 1183 or see visitleeds/conferences