The key to the success of our projects is collaboration. Working with the city’s creators, businesses, and leaders, we have instigated bold new ideas and amplified existing initiatives.
We recognise that one of the best ways to improve a city is to enhance what is already there. The investment and support of LeedsBID has already elevated many existing city projects, including leeds International Piano Competition, Leeds Sports Awards, Leeds Indie Food Festival, and Yorkshire Sculpture International.
Collaboration also enables us to initiate new projects, such as Leeds International Festival, which brings together the universities, local artists and musicians, and existing city festivals to animate Leeds anually. In 2019, the festival engaged over 15,000 people with 64 events across 31 venues, increasing footfall and creating new opportunities for many of Leeds’ emerging creators.
We are an open organisation which believes in the power of collaboration to make things 10x better than if we remained siloed. We are always looking for new partnerships and ways to make Leeds city centre better for everyone. If you are a levy payer, organisation, or resident with an idea to improve our experiences of Leeds city centre, then please get in touch. You can find more information on how to contact and work with LeedsBID here.
“LeedsBID acts like a glue, bringing people in the city together to create remarkable things that no one could ever achieve alone.”— Karen Butler
The success of working together is illustrated by the UK’s first-ever city centre animatronic dinosaur trail roaring into life in Leeds. By teaming up with Trinity Leeds, Merrion Centre, Victoria Quarter, and Leeds Kirkgate Market, we created a ground-breaking new experience in the city centre that attracted thousands to Leeds throughout the summer months in 2019.
A key collaboration that hit all the right notes—LeedsBID joined Leeds International Piano Competition 2018 and the University of Leeds in celebrating Leeds as ‘City of the Piano’, with an orchestra of events, activities, and colourful pianos dotted across the city.
The award-winning A City Less Grey—a project delivered in partnership with East Street Arts—made Leeds home to the UK’s tallest piece of street art. The city was named ‘Street Arts Capital of the UK’ by the Sunday Times.
Instigated by LeedsBID and Leeds City Council, with support from Leeds Community Foundation and the business community, Big Change supplies small but essential items which can make such a significant difference to the lives of those in need.