COMMUNITY BUSINESS

Run by and for a local community
to make places better

Community businesses reduce social isolation, revive empty buildings and lead on new developments. With grit, agility and empathy, local people share their professional and lived experience to find innovative solutions to complex issues.

Community business: the facts

37,800

jobs for people in the most deprived areas

£220m

contribution to the uk economy through community-owned spaces

85%

community businesses tackle social isolation

11,300

total number of community businesses in 2020, up from 5,500 in 2015

1,724

unique community businesses supported by power to change

Grit, AGILITY AND EMPATHY

All over England, people are coming together to make the places they live better.

There’s a growing movement of communities taking back control of their local areas through business. Hundreds of thousands of people working to improve the places where they live – buying the last pub in the village, running their local football club, saving their public halls and local libraries. 

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