Discover the forward-thinking northern destinations spilling over with world-class venues and top incentive offerings…
Birthplace of the passenger railway, British pop music, the steam turbine, Earl Grey tea and that distinct cheery disposition that can’t be canned: welcome to the North of England. Discover cosmopolitan metropolises bursting with new businesses, Nobel Prize-winning universities and world-class sport. Make time too for cultural icons such as The Cavern Club, Sage Gateshead, Northern Ballet and The Football Museum, plus ancient mega structures like Durham Cathedral and Hadrian’s Wall – just two of six UNESECO World Heritage sites found in the North. All of this is just a short distance away from five National Parks, seven areas of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a vast stretch of sublime coastline.
We shine a spotlight on the four Northern England destinations exhibiting at events this year’s, revealing what makes each a compelling choice for hosting a business event…
From its 16th century woollen cloth industry to its current status as the UK’s second largest financial sector, Leeds has been thriving for centuries. The city buzzes with business, and there are numerous show-stopping venues that provide both an insight into the area’s rich heritage and world-class facilities. Venues don’t get more dramatic than The Royal Armouries. Set in a £350million waterfront development, everything from a suit of armour built for an elephant and a horned helmet that belonged to King Henry VIII is on show. There’s plenty of drama to be found at the internationally-renowned Northern Ballet too, whose elegant events spaces will add a touch of grandeur to any event.
This former industrial powerhouse has transformed its working canals into the Salford MediaCity UK, home to the BBC, and Victorian railway arches into the state-of-the-art Manchester Central Convention Complex. The city also boasts the largest academic campus and the world’s favourite football team, Manchester United. Kick off an ‘event to remember’ at the Old Trafford stadium and inspire your team in a venue that’s constantly producing world-class performances. For unadulterated grandeur amongst fine gothic architecture and gardens, consider The Monastery. Edward Pugin’s architectural masterpiece was built between 1863 and 1872 and remained a hidden gem until an extensive restoration project made it a premier event venue.
Pause for that iconic postcard shot along Liverpool’s majestic Waterfront, home to the Albert Dock, the largest collection of Grade I listed buildings in the UK which includes Tate Liverpool, The Beatles Story and Merseyside Maritime Museum – all can be used for events and dinners. Just a short walk from here is the internationally-renowned ACC Liverpool, one of the most sustainable event spaces in Europe. For the wow-factor, head to Liverpool Catherdral, the longest cathedral in the world and the perfect space for glitz gala dinners. Elsewhere, golf fans will be in their element at the nearby Golf Coast, home to three Open Championship venues.
Discover a destination of icons – from the seven spectacular bridges crossing the River Tyne, to Antony Gormley’s contemporary sculpture, Angel of the North. There’s also landmark architecture around every corner, including the Grade I listed Theatre Royal and the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art – a one-of-a-kind events space with views over the River Tyne. Also perched on the riverside, Sage Gateshead is another of the city’s architectural triumphs. Its internationally-acclaimed performance halls and exhibition spaces make it the perfect place to impress colleagues and clients alike.