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We’re Good to Go: Leeds’ conference venues secure accreditation ahead of lockdown easing

45 venues in the city of Leeds, which was commended as the Best Events Destination at last year’s C&IT Awards, have achieved their Good to Go accreditation after working tirelessly to ensure the safety and security of conference organisers and delegates as conferences and events look to resume after over a year-long hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Good to Go accreditation from VisitBritain is an industry standard and consumer mark. The accreditation is available to the UK-wide industry, to reassure customers that businesses and venues have understood, and are adhering to, reopening guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England and have a Covid-19 risk assessment in place.

Leeds is a leading hub for healthcare, technology, manufacturing, financial services and the digital economy, with venues spanning world-class academic Universities, to historic hubs, and independent venues. Many of these venues have altered their offerings and developed new ways of working to deliver secure, accessible and enjoyable conference experiences in a post-Covid landscape. 45 of Leeds’ venues have secured their Good to Go accreditation, including the Independent Venues of Leeds Group; Duke Studios, Horizon, Leeds College of Music, Northern Ballet, Shine and The Studio who are collaborating in their recovery efforts to showcase the excellence available across Leeds’ independent venues.

To further instill confidence in conference organisers and delegates, Conference Leeds recently launched its A-Z guide; a resource that has been created to cover all aspects of event planning and attendance, while remaining safe and healthy every step of the way.

Head of Conference Leeds, Claire Heap, commented on the venues achieving their Good to Go accreditation: “Our venues are delighted to be able to welcome conferences and events back to the city of Leeds. The priority of Conference Leeds and its venues is the safety of conference organisers and delegates as we emerge from lockdown. Our venues have worked incredibly hard to secure their Good to Go accreditations and to ensure that delegates are reassured ahead of, and during, their visit in Leeds. We hope that this important accreditation, teamed with the launch of our A-Z guide, will help to reassure and encourage delegates to the city.”

Kerrin MacPhie, Head of Business Events at VisitBritain said: “We are thrilled to see so many of Leeds’ venues getting their Good to Go accreditations. Their dedication to ensuring the safe return of conferences and events shows the consideration that they have for event organisers, delegates and the wider industry, a standard we are proud to be seeing from destinations and venues across the UK.”

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: www.conferenceleeds.co.uk/enquire/

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