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. 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 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.We have submitted our business plan to the Council  and hope to be made ‘preferred bidder’ for the lease in early 2022

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

If we achieve preferred bidder status, 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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