Settle Community & Business Hub is a not for profit venture operating out of Unit 1, Commercial Courtyard just off Duke Street in the centre of town.

The Hub is available for a range of different uses, and we have created a focal point for community groups, charities, businesses and local residents to find out what is going on.

Our key activities are a mix of:

  • Drop-ins for local information.
  • Low cost workshops on a wide range of topics 
  • Hot desking for small businesses who have poor broadband and/or work in isolation.
  • Space for community organisations that need to do outreach.
  • HQ for North Craven Networking Group, Settle Timebank, Settle Soup.
  • Small meeting room and workshop space .
  • Dales Radio is our community station and they work closely with us and use The Hub as a physical base where locals can come in to do interviews for broadcast or leave info which can be promoted by the radio station. This is currently a volunteer run station and we have jointly run 'roving reporter' training sessions to get more local voices on air.

The Directors are Jo Rhodes, Ken Cox, Jeff Bowes and Christine Renshaw who bring considerable practical, personal and strategic management experience.

The Directors of The Hub have personal and/or professional experience of the issues faced by those who live and work in rural communities, particularly around health inequalities and caring responsibilities, where access to services can be difficult. We want to help address the issues of rural isolation, lack of access to services and promote social inclusion.

Jo has set up the North Craven Networking Group, Settle Soup and Settle Timebank which are now all under the hub umbrella. She is also a homeopath, and, as a sole trader is aware of the economic issues faced by some businesses in Settle. Ken has significant strategic experience in the public sector with over 30 years senior management and commissioning roles in the NHS and health charities. Jeff has many years senior management experience in industry, particularly around change management in large organisations. Christine has a background in senior management in local government and her last job was as head of Children’s Services at Kirklees Council. She has also been involved in Huddersfield Food Bank and other community projects so has a great deal of experience in the voluntary sector.

We would like to thank two former directors who were instrumental in getting the hub going in the summer of 2016 but who have now left us due to ill health or other commitments. Sylvia Merrett has a background in Voluntary Sector management in health & wellbeing, currently Chairs the Craven Mental Health and Wellbeing Forum, was a Trustee of Craven CVS (which sadly ceased operations in March 2017), and is a member of the Craven Disability Forum. Sylvia's experience in voluntary sector governance as well as her many local connections were vital when setting up the hub and for spreading the word about our plans. Sam Lewis is a local artist, blogger and wheelchair user and we really appreciate her artistic input, comments and feedback, particularly on accessibility issues and potential venues for the hub.

We have received some funding from Settle Rotary Club, Settle Town Council, The Craven Trust, North Yorkshire Police Property Fund , The Royal Oak and Councillor Richard Welch through the North Yorkshire County Council Locality Budget scheme This money has contributed to our start up costs, training and workshops, furniture and other equipment. We are very grateful to all of these organisations for their support.