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Conference Leeds champions city’s independent venues with the return of a month-long campaign

Conference organisers are being invited to go ‘indie’ for their next conference as Conference Leeds, the conferencing bureau for the city of Leeds, shines a spotlight on the Independent Venues of the city this autumn.

Conference Leeds advocates Leeds’ very best venues all year round and the city has hosted a calendar of successful business events at a collection of independent and unique venues. The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) event at Horizon, which welcomed over 500 delegates across offline and online platforms, and the Maths Inspirations programme at Leeds Playhouse, which welcomed 1500 attendees, are just to name a few.

As the city continues to confirm conferences for the years ahead, Conference Leeds is bringing its Independent Venues Month campaign back after a successful first year in 2021. This will see the bureau highlight the exceptional experience provided by Leeds’ very own independents and inspire conference organisers and delegates alike to explore the unique venues, experiences, and first-class service on offer. Conference organisers can expect to gain access to this content on the Conference Leeds website in November 2022.

In doing so, the campaign will showcase the range of independent venues in Leeds, the epicentre of the modern North. An epicentre that is acknowledged as the UK’s first city of health innovation, the largest financial centre outside of London, with a fast growing digital and information economy – all of which is being built on top of the manufacturing legacy, industrial leadership and innovation woven into the history of the city.

Through its partnership with the Independent Venues Group (IVG), which includes Aspire,  Duke Studios, Horizon, Leeds Conservatoire, Leeds Playhouse, Shine, Thackray Medical Museum, The Studio, and The Terrace, Conference Leeds has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting the city’s unique venues.

On the launch of the campaign Claire Heap, Head of Conference Leeds said: “Independent Venues Month aims to raise the profile of the many unique venues which are a valuable asset to the city’s conference venue portfolio. Their distinctive offerings and personalised experiences contribute significantly to our city’s conferencing proposition and they have a track record of leaving a lasting impression on both domestic and international delegates.”

“The city’s independent venues have welcomed a number of significant conferences this year and it’s great to be able to be working in collaboration with them on the city’s second independent venues month to illustrate their capabilities, the talent within their teams and the outstanding conference experiences they can deliver.”

Conference Leeds, the conferencing bureau for the city of Leeds, offers a free and impartial service to assist delegates in experiencing the exceptional. To explore your options ahead of your next conference, visit:


Notes to Editors:

Leeds is acknowledged as the Best UK Conference Destination (2020 C&IT Awards) and in 2021, hosted 20,000 conferences that welcomed one million delegates and generated £138 million (UKCAMS). Leeds’ visitor economy was also worth £1.45 billion in 2021 as the city welcomed 20.28 million tourism visits that year (STEAM).

Winners of the Best Destination Team at the miaList Awards 2021, Conference Leeds offer tailored conference propositions designed to delight and surprise. Offering a dedicated planning team, from venues and accommodation to catering and logistics, Conference Leeds works through every stage and detail to deliver an event like no other. For more information visit