We are a not-for-profit community benefit society.
Is for everyone in our community to ‘Be A Piece Of The Puzzle’ and to support its sustainable success as an independent pub empowering local people.
We want the Puzzle Hall Inn in people’s minds and hearts. Offering social support and creative space in Sowerby Bridge for generations to come.
Our mission is to collaborate as a community, bringing the Puzzle Hall Inn back to life and in doing so, sustainably supporting local people, suppliers and independent businesses. We want to provide a safe space that accepts, welcomes and empowers everyone, and tackles isolation and loneliness in the community. As a Community Benefit Society, we will reinvest in the Puzzle Hall to improve its facilities and services, into community development initiatives, working in partnership with other local community organisations, and will pay interest to shareholders.
Puzzle Hall Community Pub Limited
Registered office: 21 Hollins Mill Lane, Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX6 2RF
Registered by the FCA as a Community Benefit Society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014. Registration Number: 7568. Registration date: 2 June 2017
Proud members of:
- Co-operative Community: We work with and support each other and other local independent businesses: buying from local suppliers, collaborating with other local pubs, and promoting local and regional musicians, artists and performers.
- Inclusive: We provide a safe community space that accepts, welcomes and empowers everyone, taking care to provide for the social needs of all, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.
- Creative: The Puzzle spirit is creative, fun and eccentric. It’s a space to be whoever you want to be, find your creativity and support the creativity of others
- Democratic: All members are equal; voting power can’t be bought – one member, one vote. We are accountable to each other and ourselves and maintain a culture of openness, honesty, and respect.
- Sustainable: We will take care of our community and our resources and ensure that our actions and decisions are sustainable to enable long-term success and stability.
- To enable everyone in the community to ‘Be A Piece of The Puzzle’ by investing in shares, donating, volunteering or using the space.
- To renovate and refurbish the building to improve the standard of decor, infrastructure, and extend the outside stage and seating area.
- To maintain the building long term, with a program of reinvestment and development
- To develop a safe, supportive, inclusive, accessible environment for all members of the community including older people, teenagers, minority groups and isolated individuals.
- To develop an events program supporting and promoting live music, especially from local bands and musicians.
- To provide an attractive, flexible, multi-purpose, sustainable facility that enables participation in social, cultural and leisure activities.
- To enable a diverse range of community support focussed on music and creative arts.
- To be profitable enough to service any costs and debts, reinvest in the building, develop new community services, and in the long term enable share withdrawal.
- To support other community projects that meet the values of the Puzzle Hall Community Pub Limited
Puzzle Hall Community Pub Limited
Registered by the FCA as a Community Benefit Society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014. Registration number: 7568, Registration date: 2 June 2017. The registered address is: 21 Hollins Mill Lane, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2RF
Company Registration Number: RS007568
The benefits of this legal structure are:
- The local community would own the building in perpetuity
- People will feel more committed to the facilities offered by the pub.
- Setting up as a Community Benefit Society will allow us to attract grant support
- All members will have an equal vote, regardless of the size of their shareholding.
- Directors (and shareholders) would have the protection of ‘limited liability’.
This structure is particularly appropriate because:
- It is democratic and accountable to the community members who elect the board of directors.
- It is allowed to advertise shares for sale to the community and pay interest on those shares.
- It has an asset lock, which ensures that the Puzzle Hall Inn and its assets can only ever be used for community benefit rather than private profit.
The stated objects of the Society are:
- To carry on any business for the benefit of the community by working with other public, private and voluntary bodies to preserve the Puzzle Hall Inn (21 Hollins Lane, Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX6 2RF) as a community asset.
- To promote the conservation, protection and improvement of the Puzzle Hall Inn and it’s surrounding environment for the benefit of the local community.
- To develop initiatives aimed at making the Puzzle Hall inn an accessible inclusive, sustainable and creative heritage venue for those who live in work in or visit Sowerby Bridge and surrounding area.
We have considered various models for running the Puzzle, including tenanted, managed and incentivised managed. We have spent time talking to various community pubs around the country using different models, to understand better the pros and cons of each one, so that we could work out which would suit our situation the best.
The Puzzle is slightly different to many of the pubs we visited, as it :
- Depends for its survival on community musicians, promoters, artists and performers who contribute enormously to the live events and the general ambience of the Puzzle.
- It is essential to future engagement of the community and shareholders that a share of any profit generated is reinvested in the building, the community and returned to shareholders as interest.
- Needs major refurbishment, which will delay opening after initial purchase.
It has been decided that an incentivised manager model best suits our situation. The Puzzle will initially be managed and run by volunteers from the from the membership and community during and immediately after the refurbishment project, with the aim to have an employed full time manager in place as soon as possible. Volunteers from the community will also provide support for the pub in the event of problems with staffing.