Advocating for community business at Party Conference

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We are attending party conferences to advocate for policy changes that help create the conditions community businesses need to thrive.
28 Sep, 2023
Cerisse Goodhead

Cerisse Goodhead

Communications Manager (Maternity Cover)

We know that community businesses strengthen local communities. Over the past eight years as a funder, innovator, advocate, and champion, we have seen community businesses in action and we have built the evidence to show that community business works. At Power to Change we are always looking for new ways to create the conditions for these vital organisations to thrive. That’s why we’re attending this year’s Labour, Liberal Democrat and Conservative party conferences – to advocate on behalf of the community businesses we support and to work toward policy changes that will help them grow and succeed.

We believe that community business has a crucial role to play in revitalising local economies and building stronger, more resilient communities. At the party conferences, we’ll be meeting with policymakers, politicians, and other stakeholders to talk about the challenges facing community businesses and to explore the ways government can give community businesses the right powers, resources, and backing they need.

Together we can generate greater awareness about the important role that community businesses play in creating more equitable, sustainable, and prosperous communities. We’re hoping to forge new partnerships and collaborations that will help us drive change and disperses political and economic power into the hands of communities through community business.

At the party conferences, you can expect to hear from us and our partners at fringe events as we discuss the key issues facing community businesses, as well as some of the innovative approaches that are driving growth and success in this sector. We have launched our manifesto which sets out what the next government needs to do to create the conditions for community businesses to thrive.

If you’re attending the party conferences, we invite you to come join us and our partners in these important conversations at one of the many fringe events.

Conservative Party Conference fringe events

1 October

5 pm to 6 pm: IPPR North and Bright Blue | Lift off: accelerating levelling up in the 2020s    

Central 6 (Secure Zone)

3 October

 10.30 am to 12 pm: More in Common | Levelling up: double down or ditch it?  

Hilton Manchester, Deansgate Hotel, Meeting Room 9

Labour Party Conference fringe events

9 October

10.30 am to 11.30 am: Labour Together and Local Trust | Place, Power and Local Growth

ACC Meeting Room 19

2 pm to 2.50 pm: New Statesman | Revitalising our high streets: How can we build a fairer, greener economy with community at its heart?

Room 11b, ACC Liverpool, King’s Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, L3 4FP

2 pm to 3 pm: Co-op Party and Plunkett | Community ownership and local power

ACC Room: Meeting Room 21

10 October

10 am to 11.30 am: IPPR North and Bright Blue | Rebooting levelling up for the next general election

IPPR Fringe Zone, Education Area 3, Museum of Liverpool.