Clare’s Corner: History ‘Leeds’ us to New Business Opportunities


I’m a touring musician, which makes me no stranger to a road trip.  Trekking around with a guitar has taken me and my music to some really beautiful places across…


I’m a touring musician, which makes me no stranger to a road trip.  Trekking around with a guitar has taken me and my music to some really beautiful places across the UK.


Fortunately for Clare,’s Business Development Manager, she has been taking a road trip to the beautiful places, namely in the city of Leeds.



Clare’s afternoon in Leeds on Monday started with a tour of The Royal Armouries, exploring the museum’s unique conference and meeting offerings, where real life historic gun firing would give even the noise at Leeds festival a blasting!


This colourful venue is extremely spacious, with a variety of exhibitions on show –  the superb team brim with enthusiasm and knowledge about the unique pieces on display. Clare elaborates:


‘We were shown around by James V Vincent, who is so passionate about his venue and Leeds that it is a just a delight to hear him speak with the knowledge and information he has on the property.’


The exhibitions hold fascinating appeal, not just for the items on display but the way they are displayed. Often just the layout of the items is enough to create talking points and interest.



(Isn’t that just awesome?)



The building itself is relatively new, opening in 1995. James himself has been at the Royal Armouries for over 10 years and has seen the museum play host to a fascinating range of events since then. There’s even a huge open space across the courtyard named ‘The New Dock’



Following a stop for drinks and canapés at the Leeds Marriott, Clare headed  to The Trinity Leeds, a shopping centre situated in the city centre. Retail therapy for delegates – what’s not to love


Next, dinner at Chico Latino, then Clare tried to steal away quietly to her favourite venue of the trip but we weren’t going to be left behind – Queen’s hotel which is part of the Qhotels group, boasts a beautiful set of rooms, starting with a glorious ballroom with beautiful 1930’s art deco style.


‘I like the architecture and design of that period, clean lines and symmetry, everything is in its place, sensible, functional but also sexy and opulent with gold and brushed brass, high ceilings and gorgeous metal work.’



The hotel itself has a direct link to the railway station and a selection of beautifully decorated customisable meeting rooms, all in that 1930’s style. The bedrooms feature the same art deco feel too.


Following a few drinks at the Hilton doubletree in their sky lounge/bar (big views of the city), a nightcap at the Thorpe park hotel and a good night’s sleep it was over to the Conference and Hospitality show at Leeds football club. Cue a day of networking with like-minded meeting and conference professionals.


The results?


Interesting venues, beautiful spaces and exciting potential new venue sign ups…  Now, I think Clare needs a rest: but time for my guitar and some new songs, inspired by the stunning new sounds of Leeds. Gunfire, clinking glasses, trains, football fans.. I might be up on stage at Leeds fest yet!

Joseph Lofthouse

About Joseph Lofthouse

I'm a part-time member of the marketing team as a content executive and writer. I love to interact, in person and on paper and inject a little humour into my writing while I’m at it. Outside of work I’m involved in music, both as a performer and an audience member. I have a second life as a singer songwriter too…

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