Conference and Hospitality Show

Conference Leeds has launched its ‘Conferencing City’ proposition, which Leeds BID is a primary supporter and business partner.
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Conference Leeds has launched its ‘Conferencing City’ proposition, which Leeds BID is a primary supporter and business partner.

The strategic shift will see a more proactive approach to attracting conferences and events to the city of Leeds as a whole, with both LeedsBID and Conferencing Leeds working on developing new business customers in addition to delivering consistent and repeat conferencing business to the city. The new approach focuses on winning more national and international business from key target sectors in order to drive jobs, economic growth and the international profile of Leeds as a city to do business in.

The key targets are:

  • To increase the average duration and size of events held in the city
  • To increase the number of residential conferences
  • To grow the number of association events
  • To drive more non-local business by attracting more national and international events to the city

One of the key drivers for achieving the goals of the Conferencing City Proposition is the Conference and Hospitality Show (CHS). An annual event, held in Leeds that attracts over 500 key buyers to the city and supports the city’s credentials of being a leading UK conference and events destination. LeedsBID and Conference Leeds, the Leeds Hotels and Venues Association and local hotels such as Hilton, Marriot, The Queens, Radisson Blu and Bewleys support the show. It is seen as a key event in the meetings calendar for the supply chain as it is the most reputable B2B meetings industry trade event outside of London.

The show is organised by CHS Group and is now an established event within the meetings industry. Now in its seventh year the show has seen year on year growth and attracts some of the UK’s top meetings and events professionals to the two-day programme of events. The show was launched in 2010 at the Royal Armouries in Leeds with circa 30 exhibitors, 200 visitors and 1,260 square meters of floor space. Within three years the show had outgrown the venue and moved to a larger building, Centenary

Pavilion in Leeds, with 80 exhibitors and 350 buyers. In 2015, the show had once again outgrown the venue and the organisers hired in four giant tepees to increase the total floor space to 2,400 square meters. Looking forward to 2016 and beyond, the show has outgrown its current venue once again. The venue in Leeds for the Spring 2016 show will be Leeds First Direct Arena.