Leeds should feel optimistic says business presenter

Leeds Chamber’s Annual Dinner, sponsored by SaBRE, took place last week with over 300 business leaders in attendance. The Dinner was the last for outgoing President Nigel Foster, with Vice President, Gerald Jennings, Portfolio Director of Land Securities taking over the reins this Spring.

Leeds Chamber is part of West and North Yorkshire Chamber which includes Bradford Chamber together with York & North Yorkshire Chamber. The event attracted business people from across the region.

Guest speaker business journalist, Declan Curry painted a mixed picture for the global and local economy stating that sustained recovery will be hampered by European debt both personal and government however, Leeds should feel optimistic as it’s balanced economy and its potential to collaborate and export puts the city in a strong position.

Nigel Foster reflected on his four year tenure as President and said he was proud to have seen significant progress in the City, in particular the creation of Leeds’ first university technical college (UTC) which shows the city’s commitment to invest in skills and manufacturing.

Entertainment was provided by comedian and writer, Steve Punt, who ensured that regardless of the European predicament all guests left the evening with a smile on their faces.

The evening included a charity auction for prizes donated by The Grand Hotel & Spa, Trinity Leeds, White Rose Shopping Centre, Land Securities and The Queens. A total of £2,305.50 was raised for Leeds Chamber’s charity of the year, Leeds Mind.

Pic1: Declan Curry, Richard Lenton (Regional SaBRE Campaign Director), Nigel Foster and Steve Punt