Kimpton has teamed up with Wirral’s Future Yard CIC. If you don’t know it already, it’s a community music venue in Birkenhead that showcases great local and international artists while providing opportunities to local people within live music.
Future Yard use music as a learning opportunity; running a series of training programmes to enable young people to begin a career in the live music and events industry. Trainees completing the various programmes have already gone on to employment in the industry. The Future Yard studios offer a chance for musicians in the region to practice in a welcoming, artist-focused space which doubles as a bustling live music venue, bar, coffee shop and artist hub.
Mika Haasler at Future Yard said “We’re delighted that Kimpton have chosen to support Future Yard CIC through its commitment to social value. As well as supporting the maintenance of our venue which houses our varied programme of live music and training activity, Kimpton’s support allows us to connect our work to local people, aligning two local independent businesses to create positive and meaningful opportunities within our local neighbourhood through music.”
Matt Breakwell, Kimpton said “Working with The ACC Liverpool Group to get the venue ready for Eurovision has been a fantastic start to the FM contract we were awarded, and extending our social value commitment to also support Future Yard, could not be a better fit. We’re working with them to ensure the equipment at the venue operates as efficiently as possible and help them meet their carbon reduction goals.”
Peter Hughes, senior facilities maintenance manager at The ACC Liverpool Group, said: “One of the reasons we appointed Kimpton was due to the organisation’s social value commitments which are very much aligned with our own.
“Legacy is a key focus for us and we are pleased that Kimpton has already connected with the local community through its work with Future Yard which provides opportunities for young people in the events industry – from grassroots musicians to technicians.
“This activity underlines and complements our own objectives and our procurement with purpose pillar.”