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Jon  Brookes By Jon Brookes

To convert an empty unit into a space for young people to learn new skills and sell produce made in Yorkshire. The unit will also be a hub for skills exchange and training

Leeds Idea stage

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We aim to create a centre of excellence for local food and drink within Leeds Kirkgate Market - a unique retail experience, a platform for sharing skills and knowledge, and a hub for training and education.
To create a focus for 'great local food and drink' in Kirkgate Market in the heart of Leeds.
To create a retail framework of locally produces food and drink, where the public can buy Yorkshire's best. This will create an attraction at the lower end of the market, and a much needed showcase for local food and drink in Leeds. This would include rpoduce from all over Yorkshire, as well as that produced by City College.

We would look to develop a brand of fresh, chilled ready meals and soups in association with City College under a 'Kirkgate Market' brand which would be created from seasonal produce in the market. This would be available in the store as well as to take away
We would work closely with Market Delivered to add our products and produce to his delivery operation.

What we'll deliver:

  • Create a community interest company with board members from the community
  • Fit-out the existing empty unit
  • Market the unit to the community
  • Develop social media for the centre
  • Recruit a full time manager and support staff

Why it's a great idea:

This multipurpose space would use an existing empty unit to bring together different parts of the city including developer Hammerson to support young people into employment by selling produce manufactured by Leeds City College and local traders. The space would also bring together schools for educational tours and local traders and business for skills exchanges and training. At present, there is not a space in the City to provide this.

Steps to get it done:

  • Market the space to the community (Leeds City College is already supporting)
  • Recruit staff to manage
  • Refurbish the empty unit (already secured)
  • Establish a CIC

In our first year, we would -
- To engage 100 Leeds Young People in work experience, training, employment or enterprise through the Source 2 each year
- Provide 500 school students with a development activity each year
- Provide 10 students with work experience in the Source each week (Leeds City College)
- To engage at least 10 market traders each month
- To create 5 start up business each year
- Support 15 start up business with space at the Source per year
- Organise 2 skills sharing event per week with attendance of students, market traders and start up’s
- To ensure a monthly revenue of £16,883 from sales each month by month 8
- To support the new development with the recruitment of local people through construction and the end users phase


Location Leeds

Leeds has 15 other projects and £345,000 in potential grant funding

About the space

Empty Unit


Leeds Council

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How will the money be spent?Total £77,417

Staffing - £60,000 (78%)
Store Fit-Out - £5,000 (6%)
Branding, Marketing - £2,000 (3%)
Licensing - £2,000 (3%)
Governance-Company registration/legals/process - £1,000 (1%)
Other - £7,417 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

Store Fit-Out
Branding, Marketing
Governance-Company registration/legals/process
  • Transaction Fees
  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT

Total £77,417

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