- In 2013, a skeleton found beneath a Leicester car-park was confirmed as that of English king, Richard III by DNA analysis. Richard, killed in battle in 1485 is now reinterred at Leicester Cathedral.
- Stilton, Red Leicester cheeses and the Melton Mowbray pork pie are Leicestershire’s most notable contributions to British cuisine. The county is also home to famous brands such as Walkers Crisps, Everards Brewery and Pukka Pies.
- The award-winning National Space Centre provides an out of this world experience for your delegates. It is the UK’s only venue dedicated to the excitement, history and exploration of space.
- Leicester is famous for its diversity. It is multicultural, multi-faith and multi-ethnic, creating a truly unique destination. The Caribbean Carnival is one of the largest in the UK and Leicester’s Diwali celebrations are the largest outside of India.
- Loughborough University is recognised as a top academic destination for sports-related subjects. The University of Leicester is famous for its discovery of genetic fingerprinting as well as its identification of the remains of King Richard III.
Situated in the heart of England, Leicester’s central Midlands location makes it accessible from all directions with all modes of transport.
Every year since 1967, a Leicester-built instrument has operated in space. Home to the iconic National Space Centre and world-leading space research at three major universities, the area has a cluster of space technology companies and major new developments that place it at the heart of future opportunities in the space sector.
Research scientists at the University of Leicester have a long and distinguished record of discovery in space science. Their work includes x-ray and observational astronomy, radio and space plasma physics (including space weather) and planetary science and instrumentation development.
A £100 million Space Park for research and technology companies will provide 2,500 jobs when it opens in July 2021.
Food & drink manufacturing
Leicester boasts the world’s largest crisps factory, producing 60 million bags each week for Walkers. The city also produces Red Leicester and Stilton cheese, plus Melton Mowbray pork pies. There’s 135 food and drink manufacturing businesses in the region, employing over 12,600 employees. Other specialisms include soft drinks, prepared meals, bakery, confectionery and snacks.
The area around Leicestershire and neighbouring counties is known as the ‘Golden Triangle’ which represents the largest concentration of logistics operations in the UK.
It is the optimum location for moving goods around Britain, given its multi-modal hubs, proximity to key ports and three-hour HGV drive-time to a significant proportion of the UK population.
East Midlands Airport is Britain’s largest pure cargo airport and national hub for DHL, TNT, UPS and Royal Mail.
Where to stay
The county of Leicestershire has over 7,000 bedrooms available while the city of Leicester alone has 1,500 bedrooms - from modern hotels, university accommodation and country houses.
With a choice of over 50 fantastic venues, from private country homes to large country house estates, bespoke city centre event venues to some truly one-of-a-kind locations, Leicester has something to suit every event.
From a night at the opera to outdoor pursuits and unravelling the mystery of a royal skeleton buried in a Leicester car-park, treat groups to a memorable incentive in the midlands.