The Great Central Gazette is committed to financial and organisational transparency.

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In line with the Who Funds You? project, the name of any individual who gives £5,000/year or more will be listed on this page. Organisations are included without regard to the amount they contribute.


The Gazette is a member-owned newspaper, free from corporate backers or ad-driven revenue. No matter how much you pay, we operate a one-member, one-vote policy.

Total members 51
Paid members 36
MMR £132
AAR £1,584
ARPU £3.67

What do these terms mean?

Monthly recurring revenue (MRR) is the revenue that we receive on a monthly basis from all paying memberships. MRR is calculated by taking the total number of paying members multiplied by the average billed amount.

Annual recurring revenue (ARR) is a forecast of our annual revenue, calculated by multiplying MRR by 12. It assumes everything stays exactly as is for the rest of the year – no churn, no new customers, and no expansion.

Average revenue per user (ARPU) is calculated by dividing our MMR by our number of paying members. ARPU is calculated on a monthly basis and gives us an idea of how much the average member spends.


As we build the membership and work towards sustainability, we receive grant funding from various organisations to help us grow.

Grants to date


In Autumn 2022, we ran a crowdfunding campaign. We raised £2,547.12 in donations after platform fees.

Crowdfunder supporters

Aidan Davis, Alex Clark, Alexis Wolfe, Assiah Hamed, Bart van der Velden, Bridget Thomas, Caroline Spence, Catherine Flick, Chris Kealey, Chris Slowe, Chris Williams, Chris Wrote, Dorothy Francis, Eliza Lomas, Emily O'Neill, Emma Guy, Gavin Campbell, Helen Everett, Ian Wilson, Jane Avery, Jane Hearst, Joe Mitchell, Joe Simons, John Coster, Jonathan Davies, Kim Darrah, Leona Fensome, Lucas Batt, Lucy Faire, Makinder Singh Chahal, Marina Calland, Matilda Wheatley, Max Moncur, Megan Lupton, Michael Mullaney, Mike Jennings, Mr B Reay, Nehal Patel, Norten De Souza, Paige Raybould, Pam Mizon, Patrick McGovern, Pervez Khan, Rachel Hamada, Rhys Everquill, Rhiannon Davies, Richard Danbury, Ricky Stafferton, Rob Edwards, Rob Watson, Sam Baker, Sean Loveridge, Sheridan Flynn, Shirley Stafferton, Steve Moss, Surasti Puri, Tchiyiwe Chihana, The Bristol Cable, Vanessa Beck, Vicky Gayle, Zuffar Haq and Leah Everquill.

Organisation details


Great Central Gazette Limited, Forester Building, 29‑35 St Nicholas Place, Leicester, LE1 4LD

Registration details

We are a registered co-operative society, owned and supported by our members in Leicester. Our Registration Number is: 5001. Our Company Number is: RS5001.


Where does my membership contribution go?

We are not-for-profit, so every penny is reinvested back into The Gazette. Here is an idea of where your money goes:

500 members contributing £4/month = one full-time salary

To be fully funded by members, we would need:

2,000 members contributing £4/month = fully funded by members with three paid staff members (includes overheads)

How else is The Gazette funded?

We are building a partnership alliance with local independent businesses, charities, civil society groups and public authorities who share our values.

These organisations fund research projects investigating specific topics relevant to Leicester. This typically results in 10-15 articles and an ethnographic report summarising our findings. In return, we offer free advertising and marketing services, including print advertising, inclusion in our weekly newsletter, editorial coverage, social media campaigns, profiles for our allies on the Great Central Gazette website and the ability to share offers, discounts and opportunities with our members. We retain our editorial independence.

We also build websites for independent media publishers and plan to advertise in our print edition.

Can I support The Gazette with a one-off contribution?

Absolutely. You can buy a T-shirt or donate.

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