3 Leeds Ambassadors in black coats and black bowler hats with yellow ribbon.


LeedsBID to extend support of the Conference and Hospitality Show.

LeedsBID (Leeds Business Improvement District) is extending its support of the Conference and Hospitality Show 2016 (CHS). Now in its seventh year, CHS is the leading event in the North for event organisers, venue finders and PAs.
Sponsorship from LeedsBID has enabled CHS to stay in Leeds – the show’s home since its launch in 2010 – and they will now be providing Leeds Welcome Ambassadors to greet visitors at the train station and help guide them to the venue.

Andrew Cooper, CEO, LeedsBID said: “We are proud to be supporting this significant sector-leading event at one of the city’s highest profile venues. As such an important sector to the Leeds economy we are confident this year’s show will deliver outstanding business results and continue to raise the profile of Leeds as a major conference & exhibition location in the UK.”

Emma Cartmell, managing director, CHS Group said: “This support further enhances the partnership we have achieved with LeedsBID. After outgrowing our venue again in 2015, we had two choices; to move to the first direct Arena – a much bigger venue but the only one in Leeds that could accommodate the show, or to move the show to another city. The economic impact of the show is significant and LeedsBID recognises this. Moving to a much larger venue always carries a financial risk, but the LeedsBID sponsorship gave us the financial security we needed to grow the show and make the jump. The addition of the Leeds Welcome Ambassadors will bring interaction and fun to the visitor journey as they arrive at the train station and come to the venue.”

Vanessa Carter, events director, Pandora Events Ltd said: “As event organisers we are used to going the extra mile to ensure that our clients feel welcomed and are well looked after, so it’s very warming for a company to show that they value us by giving us some TLC. Even though we all travel a lot, it can still be daunting arriving alone in an unfamiliar city, so being greeted in this way is very reassuring.”

The LeedsBID sponsorship is a substantial five figure amount over three years.

CHS gives event buyers access to a huge range of national suppliers and a comprehensive programme of specific education – right on their doorstep, all in one day.

CHS 2016 will take place on Tuesday 26th April at the first direct Arena, Leeds. The show comprises of over 200 venues, hotels, technology providers and many other national meetings industry suppliers under one roof. Two education programmes (for event organisers and PAs) and many networking opportunities will run alongside the show. Doors open at 9.15am (for VIPs only) and at 10am for visitors.