The Arcade Steering Group

‘The Arcade – Dewsbury’ steering group formed in October ’20 with the intention of taking a long lease on the Arcade from Kirklees Council when the refurbishment finishes in late 2022. We believe such a partnership can give management focus and agility while maintaining the social aims of the Council.

We are bringing together people with the energy and imagination to create a popular Arcade that will never close again. An Arcade that will be a springboard for young entrepreneurs, be a mix of retail, activity and culture, work with other Dewsbury projects and keep the money local.

The first months of 2021 will be spent winning support for the project and seeing what ideas are out there. We will be writing a business plan and trying to convince the Council to make us the ‘preferred bidder’ for the lease.

The Council are supportive of the idea, if we can prove we will do a better job of running the Arcade than a private company or the Council running it themselves. They have appointed a community business specialist, Chris Hill, for 15 hours a week to project manage the re-opening of the Arcade.

The Architectural Heritage Fund and the Council itself, have given our group small grants to get things going.

If we achieve preferred bidder status (and we need your support to get there), there will be a community share issue open to all residents. This will be our way to raise money. You will own the business and elect the Board. Everyone will have one vote; however many shares you buy.

To be successful, our community business needs to develop a positive culture:

– Enterprising and well organised

– Focused on solutions, not problems. No moaning.

– Looking for and listening to other people’s ideas

Don’t let what we can’t do stop us from doing what we can

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