What a week to be part of Leeds life

What a week to be part of Leeds life

On Monday, tastemakers, leaders, artists and champions from the Leeds music scene gathered at Belgrave Music Hall to celebrate the next incredible chapter in the story of Music in Leeds.

From the Mekons to Pulled apart by Horses, this city has been bending and shaping British music & influencing bands around the world for decades, LeedsBID and the BBC will continue to push this vital story in the Leeds profile forward, well done all at The City Taking and Hebe Works for another amazing production.

With a major role in the Leeds Business Week this year, LeedsBID delivered an engaging seminar on Tuesday, all about how we’re taking the next step in successfully communicating to our customers. Demonstrating our customer facing dashboards & the incredible Welcome to Leeds portal too, delegates hung around at the end asking lots of questions which is always good, plenty of new friends.

The week went up another level from early Wednesday morning as the AGM packed out the Everyman cinema. We wanted to show people all the great projects we’d supported and all the exciting work we’d done to help transform the city. As we were in a cinema it felt perfect to open proceedings with a brilliant film featuring all the team which got extremely positive feedback from our guests who found it both informative and entertaining! The cross section of business & creative leaders; charity and public sector figureheads who came along with such energy and positivity about the role LeedsBID is playing in the city, was fantastic and the buzz around Leeds was electric as the week went on!

As the inaugural ARIAs rocked out the arena on Weds evening, as well as the LeedsBID team donning their party clothes & joined a host of major names from the media and radio industry. The stars of Radio one Nick Grimshaw, Greg James and Clara Amfo supported Sara Cox as the main M.C. and the industry audience took to their feet as they were treated to high quality, hi-energy sets from Gregory Porter, Rick (yes he did that song) Astley and the Kaiser Chiefs (and yes they did that taxi queue related mega hit too!). It was a late night after an early start but everyone bounced home feeling very happy with the day. The media profile we’d brought to Leeds was great. We have started something new, we’ve pushed on from the MOBOs in 2015 to the ARIAs in 2016 and our vision is to bring them both to Leeds in 2017 – what an autumn that would be!

Seven years in the planning and at 9am we were lucky enough to be part of the Victoria Leeds grand launch event and what an incredible and beautiful building they have created. Giving Leeds the official status of the largest shopping offer in the north of England now, enhancing the breadth of the city’s offer further still, wider and with even more quality. Victoria Leeds symbolises the ambition & energy of how we can all keep pushing the city forward, an ever-changing and evolving city which if through real collaboration, whether John Lewis or the Indie Food festival, we can keep pushing as the best city to be a part of in the UK, world, universe!

And so to round off an incredible week, a week in Leeds to truly be an honour to have been part of, our Chief Exec Andrew Cooper was M.C at the official Business Week lunch at the ever-entertaining Bibis restaurant. Close to 150 delegates packed into every seat in the house and the energy and enthusiasm to develop and grow business across the city was tangible.

If LeedsBID can keep pushing, promoting and supporting the wealth of talent, innovative organisations and creative thinkers we have in Leeds, we can achieve what we all want for this city, to be one of the most exciting, successful and coolest (very important that last adjective!) cities in the UK and Europe, even though we all know we already are!