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Farfield Mill

Social performance

Farfield Mill has developed a reputation regionally as a centre for weaving, textiles, art, and traditional and contemporary craft and design, providing two gallery spaces showcasing exhibitions of regional, national and international standing.

Social Impact

Farfield Mill provides space for local artists and craftspeople at affordable rents, clusters artists together to increase
their potential customers, contributes about £150,000 p.a. to the creative economy of the Sedbergh Area and has consistently provided employment in the area for over 200 years.

As a significant visitor attraction it is a key part of the rural and visitor economy of Sedbergh and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Farfield Mill is one of the few remaining heritage parts of the UK wool industry, promoting wool and wool products.

Key Social Performance Indicators (KSPIs)

KSPIs are a measure of how the business is performing on delivering its main social or environmental purpose. Read more

KSPI 1 - Admissions

The majority of the plan is based around Farfield Mill increasing its visitor numbers to its historic levels and beyond. The plan envisages the creation of a new heritage offering. The current heritage exhibition is old and stale and has no capacity to be updated, changed and refreshed. The Mill team will create a new interactive heritage exhibition that has the capacity to be updated to keep it fresh, dynamic and exciting.

Visitor numbers are expected to increase incrementally over the next two years, through an increased programme of events and activities and a more strategic approach to marketing. Upon completion of the new heritage floor in 2019, Farfield Mill anticipate a significant growth in visitor numbers in 2020, growing thereafter to 20,000 in 2022.

KSPI 2 - Education

The board at Farfield Mill expect the 2018 raise to have a slight but significant effect on educational activities. The increased marketing budget and integrated online marketing and booking system will allow the Mill to offer more workshops with increased attendance.

The plan anticipates that there will be six participants attending 36 workshops a year for the next two years increasing to six participants attending 40 workshops a year in 2020- 21 and 44 workshops a year in years 2021-3.

KSPI 3 - Craft Livelihoods

There are a number of craft tenants at Farfield Miil including weavers and makers of textiles, art, and traditional and contemporary craft and design, as well as two gallery spaces showcasing exhibitions of regional, national and international standing.

The 2018 share raise is expected to help to retain tenants for the Society and improve opportunities for them to sell their wares.

Common environmental performance indicators (CEPIs)

CEPIs are environmental performance indicators that are common to all businesses, no matter what their main business activity is. Read more

Carbon emissions

In the long term the Farfield Mill team intend to make major environmental improvements to the mill.

Staff travel to work

 Farfield Mill does not currently report on staff travel.

Waste and recycling

Farfield Mill does not report on waste and recycling.

Common Social Performance Indicators (CSPIs)

CSPIs are social performance indicators that are common to all businesses, no matter what their main business activity is. Read more

Community involvement

For many years, friends organisations of museums and galleries have played a vital role helping to raise funds for capital projects, conservation work and acquisitions. They have also kept everyone up to date with newsletters, given guided tours and volunteered at the front desk. In more recent times their role has increased and they have begun to play a more active part on the front line, as museum budgets and workforce numbers have continued to shrink.

The Friends of Farfield Mill are a loyal group of people who have supported the mill for many years. The aim of the trustees is to increase the number of friends and help them become more active in building a thriving future for the mill.

As part of the share issue, Farfield Mill is converting to a Charitable Community Benefit Society. Members will be able to stand for election to the board and contribute to member discussions. With encouragement from the trustees, the Friends will become a community who support the mill both financially and physically.

  • The Friends will be run by the membership.
  • Friends and investors will gain free entry to the mill and benefit from visits/talks at a reduced rate.
  • They will develop a programme of events both within the mill and outside to attract new members and interest current ones.
  • They will support the mill when approaching funding bodies.

Ethical procurement

Farfield Mill does not report on ethical procurement practices.


Farfield Mill does not currently monitor social performance indicators relating to staff.

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