Halifax Bank and the Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation (YPO) are two of the first businesses announced as corporate supporters of The Piece Hall Trust, weeks before it reopens on Tuesday, August 1.
At the same time, the Trust has launched a new Corporate Membership scheme for businesses to play an important role in the future of the transformed heritage destination. The businesses’ backing will help The Piece Hall Trust, the charity which has been established to run the iconic cloth hall for public benefit.
Halifax Bank, which is part of the Lloyds Banking Group, has provided funding for a new community PA system, which comprises of high quality microphones, speakers, stands, a mixing desk and amplifiers. The equipment will be used for The Piece Hall’s extensive programme of events, which promises local choirs, musicians, poets, street acts and comedians throughout the year.
Russell Galley, managing director of Halifax Bank, said: “As a local business with many of our colleagues and customers living in Halifax we’re keen to support local community projects. The Piece Hall plays in important part in attracting tourists to the town and I’m looking forward to joining the many visitors enjoying the atmosphere in the months and years to come.”
YPO, a publicly owned procurement company which supplies products and services to schools, local authorities, charities and emergency services, has made a significant donation to the charity by providing all of the equipment for the Learning Studio a flexible space for classroom-based learning and workshops.
Rachel Stothard, head of marketing at YPO,said: “We’re delighted to provide support to The Piece Hall and its Learning Studio. The space is a fantastic facility for teachers and school children to take part in learning-based workshops and activities, all while soaking up the atmosphere and history of the iconic surroundings.”
Covéa Insurance and McArthurGlen Group are the first businesses to sign up to a new Corporate Membership scheme which has been launched by The Piece Hall Trust.
Funds from corporate membership will help the Trust to conserve the 238-year-old Grade I listed building which is the only surviving intact cloth hall in the UK and an iconic symbol of the important role played by Georgian Halifax at the booming centre of the world’s woollen trade. When it reopens on August 1, The Piece Hall will enter a significant new chapter as a destination for leisure, culture and retail and a key part of the regeneration of Halifax and Calderdale.
Corporate members supporting The Piece Hall will benefit from invitations to special events, as well as networking, employee engagement and brand awareness opportunities. Halifax-based Covéa Insurance has embraced the opportunity to get involved and support this local project, boosting The Piece Hall Trust’s ambition to create a world class cultural, heritage and leisure destination in the region.
Covéa Insurance has strong roots in Halifax, recently completing the sympathetic restoration of another historic local landmark – A&B Mills at Dean Clough, investing over £14 million to create state of the art offices for 700+ employees.
James Reader, chief executive at Covéa Insurance, said: “We are hugely proud of our local heritage. The Piece Hall restoration signals a cultural renaissance for this area, with the aim of creating a world class heritage and leisure destination. As a neighbour in the Halifax community, we’re delighted to be supporting the Trust to realise this vision.”
Mike Thomas, centre manager from McArthurGlen Group, said, “As a visitor destination ourselves we understand how important a good retail, culture and leisure offer is for the local economy and communities. We’re delighted to be supporting The Piece Hall as it re-launches this summer adding to the high-quality range of Yorkshire attractions, bringing more visitors to the region.”
Wendy Carter, development director at The Piece Hall Trust, said: “That so many fantastic local and national businesses have given us their backing at this early stage is a terrific vote of confidence and The Piece Hall has always been a symbol of trade and enterprise.
“As we’re a charity, it’s really important that our vision is backed by corporate supporters, so this is brilliant news for the long-term sustainability of The Piece Hall. I am delighted to welcome on board our first group of businesses and would love to hear from other companies who’d like to be part of The Piece Hall Story right from the start.”