Leeds In Conversation
Episode Six - An Evolving Creative Landscape

Episode Six - An Evolving Creative Landscape

May 31, 2020

On this episode, Sinead Rocks (Managing Director Nations & Regions at Channel 4) is joined by Sam Fray (Beyond Brontes Programme Manager) and Ben Hepworth (Managing Director at Prime Studios) to discuss the changing landscape of the creative and media sector in Leeds.

They reflect on the big announcements that were made pre-pandemic and the growth of the industry within the region. They also tackle a number of challenges the sector faces including the social distancing measures brought in as well as wider issues including diversity and inclusivity and how they have responded to these.

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Episode Five - How Leeds Digital Festival 2020 Took on the Pandemic

Episode Five - How Leeds Digital Festival 2020 Took on the Pandemic

May 10, 2020

On this episode, Sarah Tulip (Director- EY and Inclusive Growth ambassador) is joined by Stuart Clarke (Founder- Paceline and Director of the Leeds Digital Festival) and Stuart Bullock (Managing Director- BJSS) to discuss the Leeds digital industry and the recent Digital Festival. This episode joins two recordings together to form one conversation. The first half was recorded during the Leeds Digital Festival 2020 and discusses the challenges and triumphs of the festival as it transformed into a virtual event during the pandemic. The second half was recorded before the lockdown took effect and focuses on the digital industry in Leeds and the various ways people network and develop across the city. To join in on the conversation, visit us on twitter @LeedsIGS and use #LinC

Episode Four - Adapting to a Crisis

Episode Four - Adapting to a Crisis

April 27, 2020

On this episode, Eve Roodhouse (Chief Officer for Economic Development- Leeds City Council) is joined by Zandra Moore (CEO  Panintelligence) and Stuart Sherman (CEO- Scaled Insights). The discussion (recorded via Zoom) focuses on how Zandra and Stuart have adapted their businesses during the covid-19 pandemic and what the future looks like for their companies. They also discuss why Leeds is such a fantastic city for start-ups and entrepreneurs and they share their advice for anyone looking to start their own business during these difficult times. To join in on the conversation, visit us on twitter @LeedsIGS and use #LinC

Q&A - Businesses and Covid-19

Q&A - Businesses and Covid-19

April 10, 2020

Whilst we have had to re-schedule our planned episodes due to coronavirus, this special episode has been recorded online in response to the current situation.

On this episode, Eve Roodhouse (Chief Officer for Economic Development- Leeds City Council) is joined by Jonny Ross (Digital Strategist and Orator at Fleek Marketing) to answer some of the frequently asked questions we are receiving from businesses and individuals during these difficult times. To join in on the conversation, visit us on twitter @LeedsIGS and use #LinC

*for all the latest and most up to date help and support for businesses and the self-employed in Leeds, please visit www.leeds.gov.uk/coronavirus/business as some of the information provided in this podcast may not be the most up to date at the time of you listening*

Episode Three - Empowering People and Places

Episode Three - Empowering People and Places

March 8, 2020

On this episode, Eve Roodhouse (Chief Officer for Economic Development- Leeds City Council) is joined by Nigel Foster (Founder and Director- Fore Consulting and Inclusive Growth Strategy Ambassador) and Sophie Michelena (Development Manager- Locality and Inclusive Growth Strategy Ambassador).

The discussion focuses around the Inclusive Growth Strategy Delivery Partnership- Place event which they attended in February covering one of the three main themes from the strategy. The conversation covers challenging topics such as transport and HS2, the growth of the city, community projects, public realm and green spaces. To join in on the conversation, visit us on twitter @LeedsIGS and

Episode Two - The Real Living Wage

Episode Two - The Real Living Wage

February 23, 2020

Eve Roodhouse (Chief Officer for Economic Development- Leeds City Council) is joined by Craig Burton (Founder and Managing Director- the Works Recruitment) and Justine Andrew (Market Director- KPMG) to discuss what makes a great job?

They debate various questions such as why paying the real living wage is important, what makes Leeds such a fantastic place to work, and what’s changing in the employment landscape. Craig also tackles the subject of lifelong learning and development, as he plans to live until he’s 104...!

To join in the conversation, visit us on twitter @leedsIGS and use #LinC

Episode One - The Year Ahead

Episode One - The Year Ahead

February 8, 2020

In this first episode of the Leeds in Conversation series, Eve Roodhouse (Chief Officer for Economic Development- Leeds City Council) and Tom Riordan (Chief Executive- Leeds City Council) discuss the challenges and opportunities of delivering on the inclusive growth agenda in Leeds and growing a city where our communities can truly feel the benefits. 

They touch on various subjects including 100% digital, Channel 4’s move to the North, transport, infrastructure and the prospect of Leeds United getting into the premiership!