Unity Works Could Secure £25,000 Thanks To Enterprise Awards

23 March 2015

Unity Works, the recently refurbished creative venue at the heart of Wakefield for individuals and businesses, is celebrating after finding out that it has been shortlisted for a national award that could see it secure £25,000.

Thanks to the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and its Enterprising Communities Programme, Unity Works has been shortlisted alongside six other organisations throughout the country to be one of just five that will secure the funds and use them to reinvest into its annual schedule of activities.

The building was renovated to become a creative hub for innovative and inspirational individuals, organisations and community groups based in and around the Wakefield District.

Engaging with young and emerging enterprises, and becoming an alternative events venue for the city, Unity Works is able to stage music, concerts and conferences that have a national and international reach.

Working with both local businesses and the general community to bring people together and support the night life and social scene within the District, Unity Works has also secured support from the Arts Council and European Union.

Development Director at Unity Works, Chris Hill comments:

We are absolutely honoured to be shortlisted for this award, not least because we know that we are up against some strong contenders. We really do believe that we have brought a new lease of life to the Wakefield District and as we’ve only had a handful of events we know there is so much more we can do.

He adds: “This award would once again allow us to shout about what we are doing and how Wakefield is changing as a city to do business and to socialise. It’s so important that we all work together to put the District on the map, where it belongs.”

Head of Operations (England) for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Andy Lock said:

There are so many positive things going on in the coalfield communities and Unity Works is a classic example. Not only have they developed a space for business but also to bring people together to socialise. There is a great mix within the building, with small and medium sized companies and the Dance Academy.

He adds: “We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone who has been shortlisted and to wish them the very best of luck. We are here to share the successes from the coalfields and these organisations really do allow us to do just that.”

The Enterprising Communities Programme, delivered by Coalfields Regeneration Trust, aims to stimulate community enterprise and grow the social investment in former mining communities.The programme objectives are to support community organisations to become more enterprising, help them develop new opportunities to safeguard and grow their activities and secure the resources necessary to realise their ambitions.

For more information about the Enterprise Communities Programme Click here