Wednesday, 24 September 2014

New Kirkgate Market shopping app needs you

Caption: Leeds Kirkgate Market

Leeds City Council working with Leeds Beckett University is trialling an innovative new Click and Collect android app for the award winning Kirkgate Market.

As part of the trial, the market is looking to award successful shoppers with £20 every week in October to test the app out.

The ‘Click and Collect’ app is unlike traditional online shopping websites as it offers a 3D experience to customers, allowing them to walk around the Market, clicking on three different stalls and selecting their products. It will capture some of the excitement of shopping in Leeds Kirkgate market, such as its hustle and bustle and trader engagement.

A butcher, fishmonger and green grocers will be selling their goods and coming together to fulfil the orders for customers to pick up at the Kirkgate Market collection point.

The team is looking to recruit 100 members of the public to test the app themselves. They will be asked to shop using the app four times over four weeks and fill out a questionnaire after each shopping experience. In return, they will be awarded £20 to spend per shop during the trial.

The feedback from winning shoppers will shape the app in the future and show how and why this could enhance their shopping experience.

To take part, testers must have access to an android device and should apply via by Tuesday 30 September. The 100 successful applicants will be drawn and announced during an event at Kirkgate Market on Wednesday 1 October.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for transport and economy, said:

“The new app will allow Kirkgate Market to provide a better retailing experience and allow the market to compete in the online marketplace.

“Although the app is only at the trial stage at the moment, it will be interesting to hear comments and feedback from the 100 shoppers to see how and why this app could enhance their shopping experience. We are keen to bring Kirkgate Market into the 21st century.”

Professor Cathy Barnes, principal investigator of the project and director of the centre for retail excellence at Leeds Beckett, commented:

“There are two main reasons why we created the app. One is that more people are now shopping online and convenience is becoming a big issue. If we’re not careful, markets and small independent traders will be left behind.

“The second is that a key driver for shoppers is that produce should be locally, and ethically, sourced, fresh, and available in flexible portion sizes. Kirkgate Market already offers all these things but it is not currently very convenient. With the new app we plan to change this.”

Notes to editors:

Leeds Kirkgate Market has very recently been awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and was voted ‘Best Place to Visit 2014’ in the Leeds Independent Business Awards. It is home to 400 businesses within its indoor and open market and the Council has approved a multi-million pound refurbishment of the historic market halls due to commence early in 2015.

Leeds Beckett

• Leeds Beckett University was previously Leeds Metropolitan University.
• Leeds Metropolitan University has over 28,000 students and just over 2,900 staff.
• The Vice Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University is Professor Susan Price and the Chancellor is Sir Bob Murray CBE.
• Leeds Metropolitan’s four faculties are: Arts, Environment and Technology, Business & Law, Health and Social Sciences, and Carnegie.
• Leeds Metropolitan University is the only university in the UK to have achieved both the Customer Service Excellence standard, Investors in People Gold and the RoSPA Gold medal.
• The Destination of Leavers in Higher Education (DLHE) showed that the proportion of Leeds Metropolitan 2012/13 graduates in work, further study or both six months after leaving university was 93.7%.

For further details please contact Carrie Braithwaite
Communications team at Leeds Beckett
0113 812 3022


Cat Lindley, Leeds City Council communications team
Tel: 0113 247 4450

Arrangements for the memorial to celebrate the life of Ann Maguire

The memorial service to celebrate the life of teacher Ann Maguire will take place at Leeds Town Hall, on Monday, 29 September 2014 at 12 noon.

Members of the public are welcomed to join invited guests to celebrate Ann’s life and her contribution to education in the city throughout her teaching career, which spanned more than 40 years.

The memorial service has been planned in conjunction with Mrs Maguire’s family, and is an opportunity for all those who wish to honour Ann’s memory to attend.

As well as Ann’s family and friends, guests will also include former colleagues and students from Corpus Christi Catholic College, as well as local dignitaries and representatives from schools across the city.

Seating inside the Town Hall will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis and will be limited, so Leeds City Council is advising members of the public to arrive early in order to be seated by 11.45am. Doors will open to the public at 11.15am.

An overflow area has been arranged outside to allow the event to be relayed live to screens at the front of the Town Hall. This area will also allow members of the public who are not able to attend the whole service, to share in the celebration of Ann’s life and her contribution to teaching and education.

The service will be led by Reverend Monsignor John Wilson of the Catholic Diocese of Leeds and will be a celebration of Ann’s life, in song, on screen and through words.

A special tribute video has been created in which people who knew Ann share their memories of her and how she affected their lives. The video will be shown during the service and will be relayed to the screens outside.

Those attending the service will take part in a minute’s silence at approximately 12.30pm –and members of the learning community across the city will also be invited to part in this.

In order to accommodate the service, a small section of The Headrow in front of the Town Hall between Oxford Place and Calverley Street will be closed in both directions from 11.30am to 2pm, and parking restrictions will be in place for the day.

The Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund has been set up in Ann’s memory and donations can be made via: The fund will provide bursaries and funding for the enhancement and personal development of young people under 18 years old through music, drama, language and dance. provides further insight into Ann's life and more details of the charity in her memory.

Media arrangements
• A pooling arrangement for broadcast media is being led by the BBC, for further information please contact Michael Buttery on or 07872 412933.

• No other TV crews will be admitted inside the Town Hall. However a media area will be set aside outside the Town Hall, where filming is permitted.

• Members of media are welcome to attend the service, although places maybe limited so we are arranging accreditation. Please contact Emma Whittell if you wish to attend – 0113 2474713

• No interviews will be arranged prior to the service.

• Flash photography will not be permitted inside the Town Hall during the service.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

Heritage weave moves forward with ‘forty mile fleece’

Caption: Young textile student Georgina Oakley helped design items from the cloth.

Production of a high quality ‘forty mile fleece’ eco cloth which was created using some of the finest skills and innovation in the Yorkshire woollen and clothing industry has now moved to the next stage at Armley Mills.

As part of the micro manufacturing project supported by Leeds City Council, which showcased the specialist talent of local experts, designers and artisans, the cloth from fleece to fabric travelled just 40 miles throughout the whole of its production in Yorkshire.

The cloth designed by Susan Gaunt and developed with specialist manufacturer of yarns Laxtons of Guiseley, uses regional expertise throughout the process including world renowned cloth finishers, WT Johnson of Huddersfield.

The project forms part of an initiative by Yorkshire Textiles in conjunction with the council that aims to promote the local textile sector, and has also been supported by Welcome to Yorkshire. The project, along with the restoration of a 1921 Hattersley ‘Standard’ Loom based at Armley Mills, recently featured on an edition of the BBC programme ‘Inside Out’.

The Armley weave cloth woven on the Hattersley loom also inspired young textile student Georgina Oakley while on work placement at Armley Mills as part of her Textiles GCSE course, to design unique limited edition mini owls which are now available in the Leeds Art Gallery shop. The skills of Caroline Durkin have also been used to create high quality Yorkshire cushions from the Armley weave cloth which are now on offer at the gallery shop alongside the owls.

Boasting a rich history in textiles, the industry employs 14,000 people within the Leeds City Region and is also home to over 60% of the UK’s textile fibre preparation and spinning and finishing.

For further information, please contact Suzy Shepherd at:

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

"We were delighted to provide our support to the ‘forty mile fleece’ project, which tapped into the unique textiles manufacturing talent, tradition and contemporary innovation and excellence that exists in Leeds and Yorkshire to produce a high quality cloth made from British wool.

"This project sits aside work that was undertaken to restore our 1921 Hattersley ‘Standard’ Loom at Armley Mills, and it is fantastic that the Hattersley has also played its part in the production of a number of items from the cloth."

Suzy Shepherd, one of the founders of Leeds Fashion Works and Yorkshire Textiles said:

"Over the years the projects we have developed has showcased the regional talent and skills in the textile and fashion industry in the region. It is wonderful to see our micro manufacturing project at Armley Mills take the next step forward."

Notes to editors:

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills:

Housed in what was once the world's largest woollen mill, Leeds Industrial Museum houses a wealth of gems located in a beautiful riverside setting. Step back in time to learn about the industrial history of Leeds from manufacturing textiles and clothing to printing, engineering and locomotives, which the city was world famous for.

There is no additional charge for visiting this exhibition. Normal admission charges apply.

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills is open at the following times:

Monday: Closed except for bank holidays. Bank holiday Mondays 10:00 - 17:00. Last admission at 16:00
Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00. Last admission at 16:00
Sunday: 13:00 - 17:00. Last admission at 16:00

For further information visit our website

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Leeds named as one of the top three retail destinations in the UK

Caption: Shoppers in the Victoria Quarter.

Leeds has been named as one of the top three retail destinations to visit in the UK.

The Javelin Group’s annual ranking of the UK’s top 3,000 retail venues has seen Leeds move up one place from last year.
The top three destinations outside of London have been named as Glasgow at number one, Manchester in second place and Leeds third.

With the arrival of Trinity Leeds and the first direct arena in recent years, Leeds city centre has gone from strength to strength. The centre currently consists of eight indoor shopping centres and over 1000 stores.

This latest accolade further strengthens Leeds position as a premier retail destination, with an estimated 1.9 million people living within 30 minutes’ drive of the city centre and a total shopping catchment population of nearly 3.2 million people regionally.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for transport and the economy said:

“I am delighted with Leeds going up the league of premier shopping location in the UK. In the last few years a number of new and exciting developments have sprung up in the city including the Trinity Leeds shopping centre, the arrival of the first direct arena and the start of work to the new Victoria Gate scheme.

“Over the last 10 years almost £2.7billon of major property development schemes have been completed in the city with a further £178million of schemes under construction at the end of 2013.

“Leeds is thriving and will continue to do so as developments continue to be built in the city centre.”

The Javelin report is available here

For further information contact
Cat Lindley, Leeds City Council communications team
Tel: 0113 247 4450