In 2016 the Union of Students launched the 67 Bridge Street space in partnership with the University of Derby. The Union delivered a diverse programme of events which was regularly attended by groups of students close-by in halls and Derby sites, but the venue was not utilised on a daily basis by the number of students expected. Despite being a popular early evening destination, this led to the venue losing a large amount of money in the first year of trading. Since then, the Union has worked tirelessly to address these losses by changing the format of the venue, reviewing opening hours and the provision offered to ensure the venue remained open and accessible. This review allowed the venue to continue trading for a further two years; hosting quizzes, bingo and games nights – with an attractive student and public food and drink offer. This would not have been possible without the support of the University, who shared in our commitment to providing an accessible, informal venue for study and socialising that enhanced student life in this central location.
However, after reviewing the financial performance of the venue during the 2018/19 academic year it has become apparent that the Union is unable to continue to run the venue as it currently stands. As a non-profit organisation, we need to ensure that we consider financial decisions carefully in order deliver the best possible experience for our members and have therefore we have come to an agreement with the University of Derby; for them to utilise it for different means moving forward. This decision has not been easy, and we are fully aware of the positive impact this outlet has had on the experience of a number of students. The social learning space, which is well utilised and an important facility for many students, will still remain accessible for the foreseeable future and any queries regarding this space can be directed to email@example.com.
We would like to thank everyone who has been involved with the venue during its trading time – whether you have attended a quiz, sampled our cocktails or spent your day playing board games and relaxing. We are particularly thankful to our student staff team who poured the pints, made the coffees and kept things ticking by throughout this challenging period. We are looking forward to announcing some new and exciting plans across a number of our venues and retail outlets very soon!
Heather Gunn, Marketing and Communications Manager
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