Dewsbury Forward – cooperation using Working Groups

Working Groups

To ensure that Dewsbury gets maximum benefit from the efforts of everyone in the town the Chamber creates working groups as required to cooperate with other organisations.

The purpose is to ensure that everyone is working towards the same objectives in the most effective way, to identify any additional support required and work out how that support can best be delivered from the resources available in the town whether that is from business, community groups, the council or other agencies.

Working groups may be short or long term and involve only those members and other organisations as are necessary.

At present the Chamber has working groups on:

Market Place

A number of new business owned by Chamber members are opening in Market Place, the Heritage Action Zone includes the western frontage.  The Chamber and councillors have additional ideas to improve Market Place.

The Chamber is working to bring all stakeholders together to coordinate activity and deliver a much improved focal point in the town centre by mid 2019.

Events Programme

Christmas Festival

The Chamber is working with Creative Scene, Dewsbury Park Mansion Community Hub and the council to deliver a Christmas Lights switch on and community event.  The intention is to ensure that this event can be continued as a permanent, annual event.

Long Term Events Programme

Recognising that music is at the core of most popular events, the Chamber is also working with existing promoters of music in Dewsbury to come together in a cooperation to create a programme of events in Dewsbury.  The intention is to make Dewsbury known as an entertainment centre worth visiting. 

Market Traders

The Chamber supports the market traders to deal with issues specific to the market.

Working with Square, the Chamber has arranged free credit card processing for all Dewsbury traders and shopkeepers.  Find out more about free credit card processing

  • Market Consultation
    Kirklees has commissioned Market Place Europe to review the future of the market and to make recommendations.  The next round, when Market Place Europe will present the latest proposals to traders is expected to be in late November 2018.

Security, shoplifting, anti-social behaviour

The Chamber is working with the police, social agencies, the council and relevant community groups to obtain regular reports of the level of crime and anti-social behaviour which affects how attractive the town centre is for visitors as well as the direct impact of theft on businesses.

The Chamber is working with the new Dewsbury Business Watch which is based on the successful scheme running in Wakefield.  This can provide partnership members with information on known criminals and their movements as well as instant messaging to other business partners when an incident occurs.  Modern digital radios are also available connected to the Kirklees CCTV control room.

The CCTV system is already known to be fully functioning and fit for purpose.  The combination of services will ensure that not only is Dewsbury as well protected as any other town centre but that business owners and residents can have confidence that they are receiving accurate and reliable information without having to rely on ill=informed rumours spread online.


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