Do you have a great business idea that could help tackle problems in your area or realise the potential of where you live? Or, maybe you want to save a local space from closing? If so, community business could be the answer. Community businesses are set up and led by the local community. Because of this local control, they are often more resilient than other business types.
Starting a community business is exciting, but can be a daunting prospect. The good news is, there is a lot of support and advice out there. Below you’ll find some good places to start. This list is not exhaustive and it’s worth contacting your local council, Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) or other community businesses in your area for support.
Setting up a community business can take a long time and won’t be easy. But remember you are not alone – the community is behind you. Plus, there’s also more than 7,000 community businesses in England who’ve managed to set up trading and locally led organisations – so it can be done.