Decision details

Leeds Arena Hire for Culture and Economy Events

Reference: D55815

Decision Maker: Director of City Development

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To award a five year zero value contract to ASM Global Ltd for the hire of Leeds Arena to facilitate call-off orders to book various Culture and Economy events as and when they occur.


The Chief Officer Culture and Economy authorised the direct award of a 5 year £0 value contract to ASM Global Ltd for the hire of the Arena to facilitate call-off orders totalling up to a maximum of £500,000 over the period of the Contract. The contract award is in the best interest of the Council relying on public contracts regulation 32 (2) (b) where the works, supplies, or services can be supplied only by a particular economic operator as the competition is absent for technical reasons. The technical reason is the Arena is the only indoor venue in the City that has capacity for 5000 to 10,000 attendees.


The overall contract will be self-funding from income generated by exhibitors at the events.


Reason Key: Financial Impact>£500K;

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Culture & Economy Chief Officer and Heads of Services have been consulted on the expected future event types when preparing this large scale event venue facilitation contract.


Chief Officer Culture and Economy and Heads of Service Culture and Economy

Contact: Martyn Long, Head of Employment and Skills 07712 214341 Email:

Publication date: 21/11/2022

Date of decision: 29/11/2022

Effective from: 07/12/2022

Current call-in Count: 0

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