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Leeds Beckett University hosts UK’s biggest business week

Leeds Beckett University hosted the launch of Yorkshire Mafia’s Leeds Business Week 2014 in October. The biggest business week in the UK, the launch event was held at Well Met Conferencing’s flagship venue, The Rose Bowl on Monday 13 October.

Attended by delegates, from public and private sector businesses in the city, as well as representatives from the city’s arts and culture, creative and digital sectors, the evening included speeches from Tom Riordan, Chief Executive of Leeds City Council and Professor Susan Price, Vice Chancellor at Leeds Beckett University.

The theme of the launch event was ‘Building on the Grandest Grand Depart: where we go next in positioning Leeds as a growing, successful city’ and included discussion around how Leeds City Council and Leeds Business School at Leeds Beckett University are working  to support the vision of Leeds as the city of choice for business.

Geoff Shepherd, Event organiser for Yorkshire Mafia, commented: “Leeds Business Week is growing, both in size and popularity. Support from organisations like Leeds Beckett University is vital as their presence gives the delegates who attend a wider range of information, as well as the opportunity to meet with students. The city centre location of The Rose Bowl as well as the networking space it allowed made it the perfect launch venue.”

Kate Davis, Head of Business Development for Campus and Residential Services at Leeds Beckett University said: “We are delighted to welcome back Leeds Business Week and support a number of events throughout Leeds Business Week, not only the largest but one of the most popular, innovative and diligent business weeks in the UK. It is hugely important that Leeds continues to capitalise on the reputation and acclaim it has gained this year through the Tour de France, and the opportunity that events like these provide, for different business sectors across the city to collaborate , are invaluable to us - both ‘us’ the University and ‘us’ the city.”

Leeds Business School was the headline sponsor for the event and hosted or supported other several event across the week, including a ‘Festival of Business’ – a day of seminars and workshops for business owner, at the Leeds Club, the Smarter Cities Conference at the Royal Armouries, and BBC Question Time-inspired Leeds City Summit at Salem Chapel, featuring a panel of leaders from the private and public sectors engaging in an open question and answer session.  

Leeds Business Week is a one-week business degree, bringing Yorkshire’s business people together to network, develop commercial value and build better business relationship. The week includes a programme of over 100 events taking place including expos, networking, seminars, product launches, workshops, breakfast and networking.

The Rose Bowl is an award-winning venue that is a landmark for the city of Leeds and is centrally located providing modern facilities, AV technology and design. The five-storey glass structure is the perfect venue to host conferences, meetings, networking events, banquets, receptions, exhibitions and training.

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