How businesses in Leeds are changing the game

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Laura Cundall
17th February 2015

Leeds is an ever changing city. In the past few years the emergence of the Trinity shopping centre and the First Direct Arena have changed the landscape in both a physical and business sense. Such changes have thrown up new opportunities, and in some cases created new challenges, for the city’s established business community.

This theme of change was at the heart of the Game Changers event held on 12th February. Hosted by two of Leeds’ up and coming businesses, The Professional and Whitecap Consulting, the event was held at one of Leeds’ most recent additions.
The iconic First Direct Arena was the setting for speeches from some of the region’s business leaders and discussion on what it takes to make a mark in a changing environment. rebuildingsociety was there to hear their experiences, insights and thoughts for the future.

Sponsored and supported by First Direct, First Direct Arena, Blacks Solicitors, O2 and Leeds Business School (Leeds Beckett University), speakers included:

  • Tony Watson, Sales, Marketing & PR Director, First Direct Arena
  • Rebecca Sykes, Senior Communications Manager, First Direct Bank
  • Dr Simon Jones, Associate Dean, Leeds Business School, Leeds Becket University
  • Chris Allen, Managing Partner, Blacks Solicitors
  • Ant Morse, Head of Digital Sales, 02 (Telefonica UK)
  • John Macleod, Founder and Managing Director, The Professional

Our very own Managing Director Daniel Rajkumar joined the panel to answer questions on how rebuildingsociety is changing the finance game and Julian Wells, Director of Whitecap Consulting (and Marketing Director of rebuildingsociety), acted as chair.

A large section of the panel discussion focused on Leeds itself and the change the city has been through in recent years. Development was the topic of choice and covered Leeds’ improved infrastructure, international connections and the wealth of talent produced by and flowing into the city. Daniel Rajkumar commented:

“Leeds has been lifted into a new league. Its become an aspirational place to live and a supported, professional place to do business.”

What was clear from the day was that Leeds’ development and its willingness to thrive in times of change is down to the game changing business that call it home.

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