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The Community Business Market in 2017

The Community Business Market in 2017

Each year, the Power to Change Research Institute commissions research to estimate the size and shape of the community business sector in England. This year’s report considers the structure, size and shape of the community business market in England in 2017 and considers the outlook for the year ahead. The report follows on from those of 2014, 2015 and 2016, and presents the most accurate portrait to date of the size and shape of the community business market, as a result of innovations in methodology and an increased use of secondary data for triangulation.

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Community accountability in community businesses

Community accountability in community businesses

The purpose of this research was to refine the way ‘community accountability’ is defined in this context, to expand understanding of what it looks like in practice, and to increase understanding of how it can be assessed, supported and demonstrated.

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The community business success guide to room hire

As the first of a set of Success Guides, this guide explores how community businesses earn money from room hire. The guide is based on a benchmark analysis of the Profit & Loss data of 59 community businesses across England. These businesses either received grant funding from Power to Change, the independent trust supporting community businesses in England, or have applied to one of their grant making programmes.

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What works: Successful community pubs

What works: Successful community pubs

The Power to Change Research Institute 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

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What works: Successful community housing

What works: Successful community housing

The Power to Change Research Institute 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

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What works: Successful community transport

What works: Successful community transport

The Power to Change Research Institute 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

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Annual Report 2016

Annual Report 2016

Our 2016 annual report reviews the second year of Power to Change’s operations. It covers the grants we made and our current plans alongside a financial review of 2016 and our statutory accounts.

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The Community Business Market in 2016

The Community Business Market in 2016

The Power to Change Research Institute 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’

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Annual Report 2015

Annual Report 2015

Our 2015 annual report reviews the first year of Power to Change’s operations. It covers the initial grants we made and our current plans alongside a financial review of 2015 and our statutory...

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