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Getting here

Located at the very heart of the UK, on the crossroads of the M1 and M62 motorways, Leeds is one of the country’s most accessible cities.

By air 

British Airways flies to Leeds Bradford Airport from London Heathrow up to three times each day, with a journey time of one hour. Leeds Bradford Airport is located just 20 minutes outside of the city centre, with direct flights from 75 international destinations and eight UK destinations.

By rail 

The city lies on the East Coast main rail line, offering direct train travel from London (two hours, 15 minutes), Edinburgh (three hours), Newcastle (one hour, 40 minutes) and York (30 minutes). 

Rail links from other UK cities are also excellent, with direct trains several times a day to Leeds from Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham and Cardiff.

By road

Leeds and West Yorkshire are located at the crossroads of the M62 and M1 motorways. The M1 runs North to South and the M62 runs East to West, right through West Yorkshire.

 

Expertise

 

Healthcare & research

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is one of the biggest NHS trusts in the country, offering a range of both general and specialist hospital services. It’s home to a global centre of excellence for Digital Pathology, scanning up to 250,000 clinical samples per year.

Meanwhile, doctors and researchers in Yorkshire are collaborating on a new £4.5 million national data hub that aims to transform how cancer data from across the UK can be used to improve patient care. 

DATA-CAN is being funded by Health Data Research UK, the national institute for health data science. Researchers in Leeds are leading the way in involving patients and the public in the design and running of the project from the outset. This is ensuring that patients have a decisive say in how their de-identified health data is used for research.

  
 

Fintech

Leeds and the wider Leeds City Region have a number of inherent advantages when it comes to Fintech. These include, already being home to a large number of companies playing a pioneering role, including Panintelligence, Contis, WorldPay and Nostrum Group, and several leading universities producing a pipeline of high-quality graduates.

Leeds’ financial services sector is the best in the UK outside London. The region has been home to leading financial institutions since the 18th century, when the first building society outside of the Midlands was established in the city. It is also the birthplace of the first telephone bank in the UK, First Direct.

  
 

Food science

University of Leeds is home to the The School of Food Science and Nutrition, selected by the World Health Organisation as the first collaborating centre in nutritional epidemiology.

The school is leading an international team to improve farming resilience in Africa. The project is focused on creating evidence-based policy to develop sustainable, productive agricultural systems. The project, funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund, supports smallholder farmers in Africa to meet food security and economic development needs. 

The university farm leads training for UK and African agronomists, and the university’s Centre for Plant Science enhances understanding of root biology and how roots affect soil structure and health.

 

Where to stay

Over 9,309 city centre bedrooms include internationally recognised brands such as Hilton, Marriott and Park Plaza, as well as boutique properties and university accommodation. 

4* hotels2,695 bedrooms
3* and under properties2,042 bedrooms
Other (student accommodation / home sharing)4,450 bedrooms

 

Venues

From universities to historic houses, Leeds puts a wealth of venues at the planners’ disposal. 

Royal Armouries Museum and New Dock Hall
University of Leeds
The Queens Hotel
Cloth Hall Court
Leeds Town Hall

Incentives

Leeds prides itself on its ability to create unique and engaging incentive programmes, designed to reward, recognise and get the very best out of people. 

The Man Behind the Curtain
A night at the ballet or opera
Rudding Park Spa
Emerald Headingley Stadium

Dining and social experiences

Aspire
Harewood House
Leeds Town Hall

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