Paul Chatterton, University of Leeds; Sally-Anne Greenfield, Leeds Community Foundation; Cllr Mohamm
Nick Hill

Business leaders assemble to shape 'a connected growth vision' for Leeds City Region

More than 300 figures from across the Leeds and wider region’s private, public and third sectors came together to share their vision on how the Leeds City Region’s economy can reach it’s full potential.

Led by business and financial adviser Grant Thornton UK LLP, #VibrantLeeds saw senior representatives from a wide range of organisations in sectors including education, creative digital technology, arts and culture, community and charity, generate a series of ideas to support a long-term action plan.

The #VibrantLeeds event, held at New Dock Hall on Tuesday, January 31st, saw attendees undertake an ‘appreciative inquiry’ methodology.

This engages stakeholders in self determined change, encouraging attendees to focus on the positive things that are taking place, collaborate to build on this and debate on a future for Leeds where all sectors can connect to create growth.

The event generated a series of ideas from each of the 40 tables. These ideas will be taken forward for further discussion and development.

Among some of the ideas were Leeds launching an Olympic bid; the construction of a ‘Yorkshire Pyramid’, and the creation of a Leeds business charter.

During feedback sessions to the audience, attendees also highlighted Leeds’ leadership and capitalising on the talents of the city region’s younger generation as areas of positive potential.

Andy Wood, managing partner, Grant Thornton Yorkshire, who hosted the event, said: “#VibrantLeeds has been a truly transformational event, and Grant Thornton is delighted to have been a catalyst for dynamic and positive change for a world class and ambitious city.

“As Grant Thornton’s recent Vibrant Economy Index has revealed, Leeds and the wider city region already demonstrates strong levels of economic prosperity, dynamism and opportunity.

“Leeds is a city with a GVA of £60.5m, the fastest growing working age population and a real sense of community and compassion, so by focusing on the many positives already happening here and the region’s strengths, it has empowered all our Vibrant Leeds attendees to utilise their collective resources.

“We look forward to helping shape a connected growth vision and developing the ideas generated during #VibrantLeeds on to the next stage to help build a better future for us all.”

#VibrantLeeds forms part of Grant Thornton’s ongoing drive to shape a vibrant economy in the UK. .

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