As five community businesses launch a groundbreaking community energy collective, seeking to raise £2.5 million to take ownership of seven solar farms, our climate action manager explores why Power to Change backed this initiative and what we hope our investment will go onto achieve.
The Dulverton Trust joins Power to Change and School for Social Entrepreneurs, investing £100,000 into the Community Business Trade Up programme to fuel greater collaboration and support for community business leaders.
A £2.2 million investment into supporting community businesses has been announced, as a new report reveals that, to date, communities across the UK have themselves raised £210 million to save local assets and services.
A new report by the British Academy and Power to Change explores how social infrastructure contributes to communities’ wellbeing, helps develop their resilience and tackles deepening geographic inequalities.
The 2022 Community Business Market report, the 8th annual largest sector report reveals how community businesses are plugging the gap in local support as communities across England face a recession, rising costs of living and continued pressure on public services.
A new report from the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University and Power to Change has shone a light on the need and opportunity for supporting communities to save ailing high streets and support the levelling up agenda.
19 leaders from the North East and Yorkshire and the Humber will benefit from a tailored learning programme which includes a £8,000 grant and which supports the development and impact of community enterprises.
After seven years, Vidhya Alakeson is leaving her role as Chief Executive of Power to Change to take up a new position as Director of External Relations for Keir Starmer, Leader of the Labour Party, in March.
A brand-new programme supporting community enterprise leaders in the North East of England and across Yorkshire & Humberside to build their skills and confidence to continue playing a vital role supporting communities.
In a joint letter to Tracey Crouch MP ahead of the publication of the Fan Led Review of Football Governance, supporters trusts are calling for action to support fan and community ownership of our football clubs.
Six community solar farms across England and Wales - generating clean, renewable energy whilst reinvesting profits into the local community – have generated £60,000 of surplus profit which will be given to partners to support their local communities.
Black South West Network, supported by key partners - VOSCUR and Locality – is launching the final report of a 9-month city-wide research project exploring the response of Bristol’s Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector to the pandemic and the potential of the sector in the city moving forward.
New research shows community businesses have been vital rallying points for villages, towns and cities, promoting public health, reducing social isolation and improving community cohesion during the Covid-19 pandemic.
As four organisations working closely with diverse community organisations across the UK, we are jointly and publicly committing to advocate for and actively effect a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community business sector.
205 community organisations led by, or that support, Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities have received a share of £9.5million of National Lottery funding to help recover from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Independent trust Power to Change has launched Powering Up, a tailored package of support to enable community business leaders to increase their knowledge, capacity and business skills to help them navigate the coronavirus pandemic.
When the word ‘change’ was baked into our name when we opened our doors in January 2015, we meant that as a pointer towards the transformative effect that community businesses can have in the places where they are based.
Local community access and ownership of key buildings on the UK’s thousands of high streets could be pivotal to their future survival according to a new report commissioned by independent trust Power to Change.
Power to Change, the independent trust that supports community businesses in England, is launching a new £5 million package of support to enable community businesses affected by the Covid-19 crisis to adapt, renew and rebuild their businesses so they can remain financially viable and best serve their local communities during the pandemic’s ‘new normal’.
Communities across England are being urged to consider owning, leasing and running pubs which are under the threat of closure after the Covid-19 lockdown - and a support programme is being relaunched to help.
Community businesses are more financially independent, generate more income and are more invested in shaping social and public policy to improve their local area than other types of third sector organisations, according to new research published today.
Volunteers contributed up to an estimated 18 million hours of time and £250 million of services to England’s community businesses last year, according to a new report by independent trust Power to Change.
Leading community sector infrastructure organisations in the UK have come together to create an online network to inspire and enable local people to act for themselves on the issues they care about in their community.
Power to Change, the independent trust that supports community businesses in England, is launching up to £12 million of emergency support to provide both immediate and medium-term help for community businesses facing a loss of trading income during the coronavirus crisis.
The developing organisation Kindred has partnered with the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to provide vital business support to the City Region’s socially trading organisations (STOs) during the COVID-19 situation.
National ambassadors, a new podcast series, a dedicated PR campaign and consumer research will all play a part in the run-up to Power to Change’s annual celebration of community businesses, Community Business Weekend 2020.
Packed with information, case studies, checklists, templates and practical tools, The Community Hub Handbook – published today– is a new, free resource that sets out how to run a thriving community hub and ensure its future is secure.
Comic Relief, Power to Change, and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity are the latest organisations to commit to addressing the causes of the climate emergency by signing up to the Funder Commitment on Climate Change.
More Than A Pub, the £2.2m continuation of the 2016-2019 programme launched earlier this year to support community controlled pubs, has received a £650,000 bonus thanks to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).
Now in the second round of applications, the Next Generation Fund, which aims to encourage innovation from established and experienced community energy businesses, has shortlisted six groups to progress into the R&D stage.
Community Business Crowdmatch, a partnership between Crowdfunder and Power to Change which offers extra funding for community businesses has increased the amount of capital raised for community businesses using it by 115%
Deadline to apply closes Saturday, November 30
Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, will announce plans to establish a fund to support socially trading organisations to multiply and grow across the city region, including potential funding from the Combined Authority of up to £5 million.
The new Institute for Community Studies, supported by Power to Change, has set out its agenda to bring elite institutions together with people and communities to address the big social challenges of our era.
A new report, Power Partnerships, released today (Thursday 26th September 2019) by charity Locality, in association with Local Trust and Power to Change, reveals how to strengthen localism to harness community power and deliver the democratic renewal we urgently need as a country.
Communities themselves are perfectly placed to respond to the crisis on the high street and should be empowered and supported to own more high street properties, according to a new report from Power to Change.
The Protecting Community Assets Inquiry today publishes its interim report, warning that a fifth of existing community assets could be at risk of falling out of community hands unless steps are taken by funders, government and community organisations to protect the community interest in them.
Community-run farms, a café and the operator of an adventure playground are among the businesses in line for skills support and a cash grant of up to £10,000 after reaching the final of the Bristol leg of the M&S Community Business Challenge.
M&S and Power to Change, the independent charitable trust dedicated to supporting thriving local communities, have launched a new business support programme for Bradford that offers local businesses the chance to apply for free skills training and up to £10,000 of grant funding.
The Bright Ideas Fund will open for new applications on Tuesday, August 6. The fund offers tailored support and grants of up to £15,000 to community groups, associations and organisations across England who have a good idea for a community business but need help developing it.
Today, Charity Bank announces a £5 million deposit injection from the independent charitable trust, Power to Change. With seven in ten people agreeing that charities should invest their savings and investments ethically, Charity Bank is calling on other organisations to align their money and mission.1
M&S and Power to Change are taking the Community Business Challenge to Bristol. The programme offers local businesses the chance to apply for free skills training and up to £10,000 of grant funding, and has already supported 12 community businesses in Liverpool and Plymouth.
The organisers of the Community Shares Booster programme, which offers a combination of development support and match funding to community businesses, are urging community groups not to miss out on their share of the £1.6m funding that is still available.
New research published by independent trust Power to Change in the run up to Community Business Weekend (16-19 May) reveals the sector is growing, optimistic and showing increased levels of confidence.
In 2010 there were around 10 libraries in the hands of communities in England. By 2017, the number had risen to 500. Up and down the country, communities are rescuing libraries from closure as cash strapped local authorities have run out of funds to keep them going.
The Community Business Fund from independent trust, Power to Change, will reopen on Wednesday, April 24, offering grants of between £50,000 and £300,000 to businesses in England trading for the benefit of and accountable to their local communities.
LCR is home to at least 84 community businesses, with an annual turnover of £22m, net assets of £38m and more than 600 paid staff. Asset ownership is key to financial sustainability. Researchers call for community business leadership programme pilot
The Power to Change Research Institute is commissioning and supporting over 25 different research projects this year. We want to better understand what makes community businesses thrive and what impact the sector is having on the wider community.
The Homes in Community Hands programme, administered by Community Led Homes, will award grants averaging £50,000 to community led housing groups in England. These include community land trusts, cohousing groups, and housing co-operatives.
Community businesses across England can now apply for a learning programme and a grant matched to their earnings of up to £10,000, to support their growth and increase the difference they make to their local area.
Today the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), in partnership with Power to Change, have released positive new data from the first cohort of community businesses in England to be supported by Match Trading™ grants, a new type of grant funding.
A £1m+ fund and expert support programme has been created by Power to Change to pioneer innovative community-led projects and business models. The Next Generation programme will offer up to ten c.£100,000 grants to community businesses to develop decentralised, decarbonised, and democratised energy business models.
Power to Change welcomes the Government’s announcement that 56 council-led partnerships will receive £8.7 million to improve public services, stimulate economic growth and free up land for thousands of new homes.
Power to Change and Pro Bono Economics publish pioneering framework to help local authorities, community businesses and the social sector unlock local assets worth an estimated £7 billion in England alone
There is just one week left to enter Power to Change’s Community Business Bright Sparks competition. The scheme offers budding community businesses in Merseyside and Greater Manchester the chance to win £6,000 of business development support.
Power to Change, the organisation set up to support and grow community businesses in England, has made further steps in its commitment to being a fair and equal opportunities employer by signing up to the London Living Wage and is Disability Confident Committed.
Community groups in Yorkshire and the North East trying to save their local pub from closure are being encouraged to attend a free, two-day tour of two North Yorkshire pubs that were saved as community pubs.
Taking place on 2 and 3 July and the first of its kind, Community Business Weekend will see community businesses all over England throw open their doors and host inspiring events to promote the positive impact they have in their local area.
Power to Change and the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) today launch a new leadership programme for community business leaders in the South West to develop their skills and connect with their peers across England.
On Tuesday 26 April at an event attended by leaders in social finance took place to launch Spacious Place, a unique new community business and employment hub at the heart of Burnley’s historic Weavers’ Triangle.
A major new support and finance programme to help people take control of their local pub for the benefit of the community has been announced today (Wednesday 9 March 2016) by Community Pubs Minister Marcus Jones MP.
A new report from the Power to Change Research Institute shows that the number of community businesses in England grew by 9% in the last year. This significant increase takes the number of community businesses from 5,035 in 2014 to 5,650 in 2015.
Power to Change, the independent charitable trust endowed with £150 million from the Big Lottery Fund to grow community business across England, has named Stephen Howard as its new chair. He will take over from Acting Chair, Carla Stent, who will continue to serve the trust as Vice Chair.
Power to Change’s Initial Grants Programme closed last week, with a promising pipeline of more than 700 applications to assess. It opened in May this year, specifically designed to help existing community businesses in a position to significantly progress towards long term sustainability within six months.
There’s never enough time in the day when you’re running a community business. But it’s important to make time to engage with your local community to deliver goods or services local people actually need and want.
A community centre in a Rotherham church, an arts centre in an East Anglian Grade II listed hall and a village shop in rural Cumbria – these are the three community businesses that received funding in September through Power to Change’s Initial Grants Programme (IGP).