What works: Successful community pubs

By Malen Davies, Guy Miscampbell, Matt Barnard and Steve Hughes

Power to Change commissioned NatCen Social Research and WPI Economics to study established businesses in the community pub sector, to identify key success factors and draw out lessons for others operating in this sector.

Four business were studied in-depth: The Anglers Rest in Derbyshire, The Centurion in Chester, The George and Dragon in the Yorkshire Dales, and The Drovers Inn in Dorset. Drawing on these case studies, and other sources, the research found a number of high-level success factors common across community businesses in the pub sector. These included selection of ownership model, access to specialist support, community and political support, and access to finance. The success factors are described more fully in the research report and summary.

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What works: Successful community housing

By Malen Davies, Guy Miscampbell, Matt Barnard and Steve Hughes

Power to Change commissioned NatCen Social Research and WPI Economics to study established businesses in the community housing sector, to identify key success factors and draw out lessons for others operating in this sector.

The research focused on the community land trust (CLT) model and four business were studied in-depth: Bishops Castle and District CLT in Shropshire, Bristol CLT, Granby Four Streets CLT in Liverpool, and Homes for Holsworthy CLT in Devon. Drawing on these case studies, and other sources, the research found a number of high-level success factors common across CLTs. These included access to finance, use of paid staff, community and political support, and access to land that can be purchased at an affordable price. The success factors are described more fully in the research report and summary.

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What works: Successful community transport

By Mehul Kotecha, Malen Davies, Guy Miscampbell, Matt Barnard and Steve Hughes

Power to Change commissioned NatCen Social Research and WPI Economics to study established businesses in the community transport sector, to identify key success factors and draw out lessons for others operating in this sector.

Four business were studied in-depth: Barnet Community Transport in London, Cuckmere Community Bus in East Sussex, The Friendly Transport Service in Shropshire, and Tavistock Country Bus in Devon. Drawing on these case studies, and other sources, the research found a number of high-level success factors common across community transport organisations. These included a passenger-oriented business model that was responsive to market need, a culture of openness to change, and careful asset management. The success factors are described more fully in the research report and summary.

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Treating mental health in the community

By Gen Maitland Hudson, Dimitrios Tourountsis, Russell Hargrave

Power to Change’s latest research report reviews the quality of evidence available on the effectiveness of different community approaches to mental health.

It finds that, overall, there is a worrying lack of high-quality evidence to guide community work on mental health. However, there is some evidence that community-centred approaches, which work with the grain of local people and their needs, have a positive impact. It also find that there is no evidence that community-based approaches, in which existing projects are simply reproduced in different communities, have a positive impact.

The report also considers the policy implications for mental health work.

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Community Business Market in 2016

By Doug Hull, Tom Davies and Adam Swersky

Power to Change commissioned Social Finance in July 2016 to provide an updated assessment of the state of the community business market. This follows 'What if we ran it ourselves?' and 'The State of the Community Business Market'.

The report finds that the number of community businesses in England has grown by 5% in the last year, outstripping growth by both charities (1%) and small businesses (2.3%).

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A common interest - The role of asset transfer in developing the community business market

By Abigail Gilbert

Power to Change commissioned New Local Government Network in March 2016, to provide the most comprehensive possible mapping of asset transfers from local authorities to communities in recent years.

This report found steady progress in assets being transferred to communities over the past 5 years, and identified gaps in available data on asset transfers from local authorities. There were encouraging examples of local authorities and communities working together to ensure local assets were protected and could form the core of an important local community business.

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Annual Grantee Survey 2016

By Power to Change Research Institute

This is the first in what will become a regular series of annual reports on the experiences of Power to Change grantees. It is based on a survey of all 54 organisations that received grant offers between January 2015 and May 2016.

Overall, the survey concludes a strong and positive impact on the profile of grantees as a result of their association with Power to Change, with a net positive score of 87%.

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Analysis of applicants to the Initial Grants Programme

By Florrie Dunn, Stephen Nicol and Chris Paddock

Power to Change commissioned Regeneris Consulting to carry out the analysis of data collected from the Initial Grants Programme.

This report summarises the findings of the data submitted to better understand who applied and why and what determined success.

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Community business market 2015

The community business market in 2015

By Chris Percy, Adam Swersky, Doug Hull and John Medley-Hallam

Power to Change commissioned Social Finance in September 2015 to provide an updated assessment of the state of the community business market. This
followed Social Finance’s original report on the community business market, What If We Ran It Ourselves?, published in January 2015, based on research conducted by Social Finance and the Young Foundation from April to June 2014. The report finds the market has grown 9% since 2014.

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What if we ran it ourselves? Community business

What if we ran it ourselves? Getting the measure of Britain’s emerging community business sector

By Adam Swersky and James Plunkett

A report from Social Finance has revealed new findings about the current state and scope of the community business sector. The report finds that there are around 4,500 community businesses in England and Wales, with a combined income of £800m a year and assets of £1 billion. These community businesses employ around 24,000 staff and engage nearly 120,000 volunteers.

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Community business market grew 9% in 2015

Watch our film about the Research Institute's first publication

The Director of the Power to Change Research Institute, Richard Harries, introduces the findings on the state of the community business market in England in 2015.

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