Calls for review of restrictions on city’s hospitality sector

Civic leaders in Leeds have joined forces with the local hospitality sector to call on the government to urgently review restrictions, in particular those requiring venues to close their doors at 10pm and to consider sector specific support. In a joint letter issued to the Prime Minister, Councillor Judith Blake, leader Leeds City Council…

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City comes together to underline its commitment to tackling racism

A month on from Leeds City Council’s #8for8 initiative, civic leaders and Leeds sporting legends have come together and reaffirmed their commitment to work together to end racism and discrimination. Joining Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council and Tom Riordan, the council’s chief executive, to show their support to tackling racism and…

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Leeds City Council reiterates commitment and support for city’s Armed Forces Community Covenant

Leeds City Council has underlined its continued commitment to supporting armed forces personnel and veterans this month. This follows representatives of the UK’s armed forces joining Councillors at Leeds Civic Hall, including Leeds City leader Councillor Judith Blake and the Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Graham Latty, to mark the re-signing of a special council covenant.…

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Channel 4 chooses to Be the Spark in the Leeds City Region

Channel 4 has confirmed the Leeds City Region will be the home of its new national headquarters. The announcement follows two years of discussions with the broadcaster led by the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership with cross-party support from local authority partners, Screen Yorkshire, the creative and digital industries, the education sector and many…

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Leeds delegation set for stateside Boston mission

A delegation of industry leaders from Leeds is heading to Boston in America this week to strengthen and develop links between the two cities. Building on visits to Leeds from delegates from Greater Boston in recent years, the trip taking place from July 25-27 is being managed by Leeds City Council, with chief executive…

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City Region Bid Calls for Channel 4 to Spark a New Revolution

Leeds City Region has submitted its bid to Channel 4 for the broadcasters’ new National HQ outside of London. The bid which responds to the broadcaster’s “4 All the UK” plan to support investment and jobs outside London builds on a number of key themes including the region’s strong pool of young, diverse, creative…

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Leeds City team to reap rewards from MIT leadership programme

A Leeds City team has successfully bid for a place on a prestigious leadership programme run by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), one of the world’s top universities. The two-year Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Programme (REAP) provides expert, evidence-based guidance for teams to bring about significant economic and social change in their region. MIT selects…

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Decision made to call in Carillion bond

Following Carillion going into liquidation, Leeds City Council have made a decision to implement a contingency measure put in place to deal with the company failing. The council’s approval for the competitive tender for the Leeds city centre cycle Superhighway City Connect 2, (phase 1) contract was awarded to Carillion Construction Limited on 3rd…

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Statement regarding Carillion

Following media interest, Leeds City Council wishes to clarify that no final contract was given to Carillion in regards to the East Leeds Orbital Road (ELOR). Tom Riordan, Leeds City Council Chief Executive said: “We are looking at the impact the news about Carillion will have on the council and wider city. We know…

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New citywide service to help people get home after being in hospital Cllr Charlwood cuts the ribbon at East Leeds Recovery Hub

New Leeds Recovery Hubs across Leeds, which are at the heart of the Leeds Recovery Service, have been launched today [Monday 30th October]. Bringing together beds and community resources they will provide a comprehensive recovery service that will help people to return home after needing hospital care. By working with teams based across the…

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Businesses invited to invest in culture and back city’s 2023 bid

Leading local businesses will come together tomorrow to hear how they can unite behind Leeds’s once-in-a-generation bid to be named European Capital of Culture 2023. Northern Ballet will host this Wednesday’s event (March 8), which will see more than a hundred of the city’s business leaders invited to get involved in backing the ambitious bid.…

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Nigel Richardson retirement

Leeds City Council is today announcing the retirement of Nigel Richardson after six years as the council’s director of children’s services. Nigel will step down as director at the end of September. He has a long career working for 34 years in and around the public sector and his retirement is marked by tributes from…

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