About Us

The Yorkshire Events Network (YEN) enables members to share information and opportunities online, showcase their businesses, link with regional agencies including conference Leeds and benefit from networking events, resources and training.

The UK Centre for Events Management founded the Yorkshire Events Network after attracting funding to lead a project aimed at strengthening the infrastructure of Yorkshire to host, stage and benefit from events and festivals. The project, partially funded by the European Union and Higher Education Innovation Fund, provided support to events and festival organisations throughout the Yorkshire region. This initial project stage resulted in the creation of a permanent network.

About the UK Centre for Events Management

The UK Centre for Events Management at Leeds Beckett University is the leading providers of events management education in the world providing education, training, research and consultancy. The Centre, the first of its kind in the UK, was established in 1996 and has been widely acclaimed within the events industry.  UKCEM at Leeds Beckett is an ABPCO Centre of Excellence. 

The Centre engages with industry through commissioned research and consultancy, professional associations and through the placement programme which sees hundreds of students working in the events sector each year. In addition, the Centre has conducted much research into the sector and event businesses which it uses to work with SMEs and agencies to strengthen the events infrastructure in the region.

About ICRETH (International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism and Hospitality)

The International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism and Hospitality combines the research and enterprise strengths of the former Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change (CTCC), the International Centre for Responsible Tourism (ICRT), the Food Research Group and research housed within the UK Centre for Events Management.  ICRETH is aligned with the School Of Events, Tourism, Hospitality & Languages as well as the Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure.
Our aim is to combine knowledge creation with knowledge transfer using a range of mechanisms for the latter, including continuing professional development, consultancy, short courses and specialist events.  Our priorities are to strengthen the quality of research continuously and to make an impact on policy and practice.
In addition to University investment, research is funded by various international, national and local agencies or businesses.  In recent years, these have been as diverse as the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), European Commission, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Meeting Professionals International (MPI), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), government departments, the Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT), NGOs in various countries in Europe, Africa and Asia, sports governing bodies, and private companies. 

About Conference Leeds

Conference Leeds is the organisation responsible for promoting meetings and events across Leeds and West Yorkshire. The organisation is now a “super convention bureau” representing almost 250 venues across the area, responsible for marketing the West Yorkshire districts of Bradford, Wakefield, Kirklees and Calderdale.  It is a Leeds City Council organisation with funding from Yorkshire Forward, Bradford, Wakefield, Kirklees and Calderdale Councils.

Conference Leeds can offer a free venue finding service for anyone wanting to host an event in Leeds and West Yorkshire and markets the area through a series of initiatives.

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