Our partners are supporting culture in Leeds every day, dig a little deeper and find out more about who they are what they are doing for the Leeds 2023 bid.

Our bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2023

Connecting a city through culture

Our partners are supporting culture in Leeds every day, dig a little deeper and find out more about who they are what they are doing for the Leeds 2023 bid.

Principal Partners

Leeds Beckett University


Leeds Beckett University and our staff and students have been long-standing contributors to the cultural life of the city, and we are proud to be an academic partner in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

-Tracey Lancaster, Deputy Vice Chancellor Corporate Communications

Leeds City Council


Our ambition is for the bid to be truly inclusive, focusing on the people living in our communities so they genuinely feel it represents everything they love about their city. Only by capturing that pride and community spirit that can we ensure that the picture of Leeds we paint for the judges reflects what makes the city such a fantastic place to live, work and visit.

- Cllr Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council

University of Leeds


We will do all that we can to support Leeds’ bid. Success would bring a huge boost to its outstanding cultural and artistic activities.

-Sir Alan Langlands, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds

Event Partners


As a global operator based in Leeds, we need to be able to attract the right talent to allow us to build and maintain world-class communication services. The Leeds 2023 bid is an aspiration to celebrate and broaden the cultural offering in the region. We're proud to support this drive to send a message that the quality of life and the cultural offer in Leeds and Yorkshire is second to none.

-Dr. Adam Beaumont, Founder and CEO

Yorkshire Bank

Leeds is a great city and this is a great opportunity to tell its story. The bid itself will create value and opportunity for the city's communities, cultural sector and businesses and give Leeds the European and international profile it deserves. We are absolutely delighted to be helping Leeds realise its potential. -

-Richard Gregory, Senior Advisor CYBG PLC and honorary Yorkshire Bank Chair.

Yorkshire Building Society

The mutual values, strong community links and rich heritage of Yorkshire Building Society makes it a perfect bid partner.

-CEO Mike Regnier

Yorkshire Water

We are fully behind Leeds’ decision to announce themselves as a bid candidate for European Capital of Culture 2023. It will be 15 years since Liverpool hosted the last one in the UK and backed by the huge success of recent events like Tour de Yorkshire, we are confident that Leeds can put on a year that the whole nation can be proud of.

-Richard Flint, CEO

Regional Partners


VisitLeeds is proud to support the bid, we want as many people as possible to visit and enjoy being part of this great world-class European city.

-Jennifer Young, Head of VisitLeeds

Bid backers


Arup is proud to be backing the Leeds 2023 bid. Hosting European Capital of Culture will drive positive change for the city.

-Jim Johnson – Office Leader, Arup Leeds


I’m passionate about Leeds. Supporting taking our arts and culture to an international stage will make an enormous contribution to our continued growth and success.

-Craig Burrow, Director for Leeds


As well as managing key office developments in the city centre and at Thorpe Park, CEG is involved in two of the city’s biggest regeneration opportunities, Kirkstall Forge and South Bank. Hosting the 2023 title would significantly benefit Leeds’ economy and this must be embraced and supported by businesses across the city.

-Jon Kenny, Director of CEG

DLA Piper

We are not just supporting the bid. We are investing in the future of Leeds which will continue to go from strength to strength.

-Allison Page, Office Managing Partner


We are extremely proud to be supporting the Leeds 2023 bid.
We’ve been working across the city for many years – creating, maintaining and improving homes for local people – so we’ve seen first-hand the pride, passion and creativity of its vibrant, diverse community.
Leeds is a great city and becoming European Capital of Culture would give us all the opportunity to celebrate both its proud history and bright future with the rest of the world.

-Dave Sheridan, CEO of Keepmoat Regeneration, said:

Landsec - Trinity - White Rose

We believe it’s Leeds time to turn up the noise and shout about the massive offering the city now has from retail, leisure education and business. It’s a magnetic city which deserves the spotlight.

-David Maddison, Centre GM


This is a fantastic opportunity for the city of Leeds. Not only will it be great for the city’s profile and the economy, it will also be good for business here in Leeds.

-Kevin O’Connor, Office Managing Partner, RSM, Leeds


Leeds is a real hotbed of artistic talent, creativity and energy. Leeds 2023 is a transformational opportunity to project this on to a world-wide stage.

-Mark Finch, Director of Real Estate, Rushbond plc.

Squire Patton Boggs

As a law firm with a long history in the city, and with worldwide offices, the bid allows us to showcase the city’s eclectic cultural offering on an international stage.

-John Alderton, Managing Partner of Squire Patton Boggs in Leeds

Turner & Townsend

Creating great places and an environment which supports, inspires and provides a backdrop for our daily life contributes to our cultural experiences. Culture has a hugely important role to play in bringing those places to life, in making good places, great places, in providing a setting for people to express themselves and bringing all of our communities together.  We hope that support for this bid, will play a part in delivering this vision.

-Mike Briffett, Director

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