Our retail operations attract almost 1 million customers each year and are a major reason for students to visit the Union. This year we have:
Developed and rebranded our convenience store to offer a range of local and speciality foods alongside a value offer, delivering an annual turnover of £2.5million.
Expanded and rebranded our University clothing unit Gear, to deliver a sales turnover of £250K this year. Gear is the sole supplier of University of Leeds branded merchandise.
Developed our new Salad Box concept offering fresh salads and baguettes in response to student feedback.
We have also developed our Hidden Café as a concept that can potentially be expanded across campus.
LUU’s bars offer a service throughout the day from coffees and breakfast through lunch and into the evening with a range of entertainments to suit our diversity of members. They generated over 0.5 million transactions last year generating an annual sales turnover of over £2 million.
The two bars offer a distinctly different offer; the Old Bar offering a more traditional pub atmosphere of sport and real ales whilst the Terrace offers a more café bar atmosphere for students to relax in. Both bars run a food offer which generates £0.5 million sales across both Bars.
Out of term, the Terrace hosts receptions for graduations, conferences held on campus and events for other external organisations.
LUU puts on a host of major events every year to ensure all our students have a great range of entertainment to choose from Fruity each Friday to our Summer Ball at the end of the year. Our 3 nightclubs generate sales of over £1.2 million annually.
Over 2,000 students attend Fruity every Friday during term time.
Almost 5,000 students attended our annual Summer Ball, held on campus.
We host 30 gigs each year from Tine Tempah to Frank Turner.
Our technical team also run an equipment hire business, generating over £30K annually in income.
Volunteering & Community
Each and every year we are blown away by the selflessness and dedication of our student volunteers, and this year was no exception. They give up their precious time for the benefit of others and the local community
As an organisation dedicated to giving our members opportunities, we not only employed students to work with us, but through training gave them the tools to achieve great things after graduation.
“I think students bring a lot to the table as employees. They want to use what they’re learning in education to change things for the better and make a difference”
Leadership & Representation
It’s through our elected Exec Officers and our reps on the ground that we continue to be recognised as the representative channel between students, the University of Leeds and any other external bodies.
Supporting Our Members
Each one of our 30,000 members is different – that’s why we love them. We strive to ensure our services, activities and events remain appropriate and accessible to all, and that support is there for everyone when they need it.
By building a fun, high-performance culture, we’ve been able to achieve some truly amazing things this year. This is in no small part thanks to the unique people and personalities that make up our family.
As part of our strategic plan, we are striving to be sustainable in every way by monitoring and managing our environmental impact. This year we made significant changes to become greener than ever before.
Read more about LUU’s impact