The rich and diverse cultural and economic heritage of the city of Leeds was showcased in front of a bumper audience at the 2023 Leeds Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner.
More than 260 people flocked to Headingley Stadium in the city for a notably different annual dinner event. Gone were the tuxedos and in was the business casual attire as the event aimed for a more inclusive and diverse event. Similarly, the formal sit-down meal was replaced by street food and the music came from the Caribbean Breeze steel band group.
Perhaps the biggest change was the replacement of the guest speaker format with a Leeds Voices theme that brought in the city’s world-class cultural and sporting offering.
As part of a relaxed and informal panel discussion, Sharon Watson from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance was joined by Sanchez Payne from Leeds 2023 and Radio Leeds, alongside Sophie Lundgren, also from Leeds 2023.
Also speaking on the night was Stephen Vaughan CEO of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Yaseen Mohammed, Director at YCCC, and Rob Oates, Commercial Director at Leeds Rhinos.
The response to the new format was incredibly well received, both by guests on the night and from social media afterwards.