As well as our direct grant funding, we run funding programmes to accelerate the number of community businesses in specific sectors. We believe that by developing certain business types, we will create powerful networks which will help community businesses become more sustainable and competitive.
The first publication from our Research Institute surveyed the state of the community business market as at the end of 2015. You can download it from here.
The report found that community owned pubs have seen a high growth rate over the last 12 months, while 27 conventional pubs closed per week in the second half of 2015 (CAMRA). That is why community owned pubs is the first sector we are focusing on.