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Why Leeds is a great place to visit a job fair

Leeds is a great place to live and work but it’s also a great location to host a job fair. But what makes it so fantastic?

With increased competition from places elsewhere in the UK, such as Manchester, Bristol and, of course, London, why pick Leeds to host a job fair?

There are many elements of this Yorkshire city that make it a fantastic place to have a such an event, and one that Herd has found to be incredibly effective in the years we’ve been holding job fairs here.
A Northern hotspot
Nestled in the heart of Yorkshire, Leeds is less than an hour from Sheffield, Manchester, Bradford and around two hours from Liverpool, London or Birmingham. This makes it accessible for people all over the country, ensuring that the job fair gets the biggest cross-section of talent as possible. It also means that employers are more likely to want to represent themselves at the event because it’s such a convenient spot for candidates to get to.

Not only does it make Leeds an attractive place to visit a job fair, but candidates don’t feel as though it’s a massive journey if they land a job close by, meaning they can still go home regularly to visit friends and family or even commute.

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Northcoders team meeting talent at Leeds Digital Job Fair

Talent aplenty

The location of Leeds makes it easy for people from all over the country to get to, but its proximity to leading universities also makes it an attractive choice. In less than two hours, you can travel from all but one of the UK’s red brick universities (Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool) to the heart of Yorkshire.

There are also leading universities in media, science, IT and tech in close proximity to Leeds, as well as the city’s own three institutes; Leeds Met, Leeds Beckett and Leeds University.

Fantastic venues

Leeds has a plethora of venues that make great spaces to host a job fair. From the Leeds Direct Arena to the Town and Civic Halls, university spaces and sports arenas, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to finding somewhere to put an event on in Leeds.

Job fairs can last all day, though of course, not everyone stays that long, but the environment of the venue you pick is incredibly important, as is its accessibility. For both employers and candidates choosing which job fairs to attend in the coming months, Leeds stands out as somewhere that you’ll enjoy spending a good few hours of your day.

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Leeds Digital Job Fair at First Direct Arena

Blossoming industries

As the UK’s second-largest employment centre outside of London, Leeds is a fantastic place to be looking for a job and it’s expected to rise further over the next decade. With another 25,000 people predicted to join the workforce in Leeds over the next ten years, industries are blossoming in this major city.

When you look just at the private sector, Leeds outstrips every other city in the UK – including London – for jobs growth and we know first hand the boom the tech industry has enjoyed across Yorkshire.

The council has invested millions in supporting tech-based programmes across the city. It’s estimated that there’s a 92% growth potential for the sector, which already boasts more than 23,500 jobs in the industry.

Not just this, but Leeds has seen the birth of more than 300 start-ups who are doing some of the most innovative work in the world. From award-winning Cocoon to those putting Leeds on the map for anti-terrorist tech, it’s an exciting place if you want to learn new skills, get involved and make a real difference.

See what all the fuss is about Leeds and spend a day in our fair city while visiting Leeds Digital Job Fair 4.0. Register now and grab your free ticket and meet 50 of the best tech employers in the UK right now!