Financing the future economy report launch

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The report, ‘Financing the future economy: How community businesses can access the right finance to achieve their ambitions’, launched on 16 May 2024. See the event recording and full report below.




16/05/2024 1:00 pm

About this event

Our launch event for the ‘Financing the future economy’ report shares insights from the report and our recommendations on how funders, social investors and government can unlock affordable, flexible, and accessible finance to help community business to thrive.

Watch the recording for reactions from an expert panel and audience questions.



Tim Davies-Pugh (Chair)

Chief Executive, Power to Change
Tim is the Chief Executive at Power to Change and will be chairing this panel event.

Jessica Craig

Policy Officer, Power to Change
Jessica Craig is the lead author of our new report ‘Financing the future economy’.

Annabel Smith

Director of Place & Practice, Centre for Progressive Policy
Annabel is Director of Place & Practice at the Centre for Progressive Policy, a think tank committed to the delivery of inclusive growth. She is responsible for leading the Inclusive Growth Network, working with cities and regions across the UK to build a better understanding of what inclusive growth looks like and how it works in practice, as well as informing policy at the national level.

Melissa Mean

Melissa is a trustee on Power to Change’s Board of Directors, and the founding director of We Can Make, a community-led housing programme which is part of Knowle West Media Centre in Bristol. Melissa works across urbanism, the arts, technology, and public participation.

Jo Gideon

Jo is the Conservative MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central. She has previously chaired the APPG for Social Enterprise.


Read the report 

Read the executive summary