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Then One Day: The Business of Wellbeing

Then One Day: The Business of Wellbeing

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

Veronica is joined by three community business champions to discuss nurturing wellbeing in our neighbourhoods and protecting the mental health of those who are making a difference.

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What is community energy?

What is community energy?

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

We are right in the middle of Community Energy Fortnight, with over 400 organisations across the country hosting events, launching Twitter takeovers and writing blogs to celebrate all things community energy.

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Pioneering community solar farms generate £60k for communities

Pioneering community solar farms generate £60k for communities

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

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.

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Support communities to save their local pub

Support communities to save their local pub

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

From next week pubs will literally open their doors once more as we’ll finally be allowed back inside in groups of six or fewer. Many of us are now used to booking weeks in advance to huddle under a heater, but the next stage of the roadmap will allow even more of our much-missed pubs to reopen.

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Powering up community businesses!

Powering up community businesses!

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

Last year, Power to Change launched the Community Business Renewal Initiative to support the community business sector through Covid-19. As the Powering Up programme re-opens for applications, we take a look at how it works and what’s in it for community businesses.

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A vision for the future of Bristol’s voluntary sector beyond Covid

A vision for the future of Bristol’s voluntary sector beyond Covid

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

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.

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Bonus episode: How to adapt to meet the changing needs of your community

Then One Day: United by One Voice

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

In this episode, we hear from an organisation that is changing the aspirations and mental health of their local young people…One Voice at a time. One Voice Blackburn was set up in 2011 by a group of locals who wanted to inspire their young people to believe in themselves and value their local community through activities, events, support and charitable campaigns.

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Bonus episode: Working with children

Bonus episode: Working with children

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

In this bonus episode, we hear from Caroline Afolabi-Deleu, the Founding Director of Success4All, a Newcastle-based charity that is fighting for education equality. Caroline will be offering up her top tips on how to set up a community business that puts children first.

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The Better Way Network

The Better Way Network

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

The Better Way Network is a network of leaders who want to improve services and build strong communities. Here, Laura Seebohm, the Better Way convenor in the North, explores the work they do.

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Then One Day: Revolution in the Bookshop

Then One Day: Revolution in the Bookshop

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

This week, we head to Veronica’s hometown of Southampton, to learn about October Books, a bookshop that has been serving it’s local community for 44 years. We’ll find out how the shop has had to adapt through the ages, from fending off bailiffs to making international news.

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Bonus episode: Setting up a food business

Bonus episode: Setting up a food business

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

This week, we are joined by Farhad Negipooran from Derby’s Food and Education Enterprise. He offers up his top 5 tips on what to look out for when setting up a community food business.

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Bonus episode: How to create self-managing teams

Bonus episode: How to create self-managing teams

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

In 2020, businesses have had to rely on their staff to motivate and manage themselves. From CEOs to the most junior members of the team, everyone has had to adapt to keep the wheels turning throughout this pandemic.

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Community groups with bright ideas for energy innovation to benefit from new peer support

New community energy peer mentoring programme

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

Could you support the next generation of community energy organisations by sharing your knowledge and experience? We are looking for passionate and enthusiastic community energy organisations to participate in a peer mentoring scheme.

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Platform: A town centre property innovation programme

Then One Day: Unity on Union Street

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

In this episode, we meet Hannah Sloggett and Wendy Hart, from Nudge Community Builders and learn how they’re reviving Plymouth’s neglected Union Street by nudging along one building at a time.

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How 2020 put our name to the test

How 2020 put our name to the test

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

In this blog series, we’re looking back at this difficult, unforgettable year and the many ways Power to Change had to adapt to support the community business sector during the pandemic.  

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From crisis to community empowerment

From crisis to community empowerment

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

Lauren Pennycook, Senior Policy and Development Officer at Carnegie UK Trust, looks at the learnings from the Trust’s latest report into communities’ Covid-19 response

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Bonus episode: Navigating Legal Structures

Bonus episode: Navigating Legal Structures

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

In our last episode, we learnt about a Windmill that had taken on charity status to better serve the local community. In this bonus episode, Sheffield Live’s Steve Buckley gives us a gentle introduction to legal structures.

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The power of the crowd!

The power of the crowd!

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

Power to Change has launched two new matched funding programmes as part of the Community Business Renewal Fund. So how are they different?

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Then One Day…We Saved a Pub

Then One Day…We Saved a Pub

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

The Anglers Rest in Bamford is a treasured pub where people from around the Peak District go not only to eat and drink, but to socialise, share stories and listen to live music.

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The new civic high street

The new civic high street

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

The New Civic High Street was the culmination of a series of webinars run by Power to Change, looking at how our rapidly transforming town centres provide opportunities for radical thinking.

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Who controls the high street?

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

The second of the Power to Change High Streets webinar series on 14th October investigated the issue of landownership as one of the principal levers of control for our town centres.

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Farewell to the founders

Farewell to the founders

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

Communications and Partnerships Director Mark Gordon says goodbye to two founding members of the Community Business Panel

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Choose Communities: Buy Social

Choose Communities: Buy Social

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

Choose Communities: Buy Social will be taking place from 15-17 October and is a chance to raise the profile of the social enterprise movement and the different way of doing business

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Bonus episode: How to engage with your local community

Partnering for impact: supporting a stronger sector

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

Our unique learning approach, innovation in grant funding and Power to Change’s community business expertise and networks blended perfectly to create this successful partnership and programme: Community Business Trade Up.

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New £5million to help community business navigate pandemic

New £5million to help community business navigate pandemic

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

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’.

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New support available for community businesses

New support available for community businesses

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

With our partners, we have launched a support package for community businesses including a range of activities, from webinars to short intensive programmes for community business leaders to hone their skills and develop peer networks, helping them to continue to play a vital role in their communities

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Shifting the Balance

Shifting the Balance

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

Simon Kaye introduces NLGN’s new project, Shifting the Balance of Community Power

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Squatting the Economy

Squatting the Economy

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

Erika Rushton shares her thoughts on how Liverpool businesses have responded to the crisis

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Happy 5th birthday to us!

Happy 5th birthday to us!

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

As we celebrate our fifth birthday, we’re outlining the two commitments we’re making this year

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£650,000 boost for community-run pubs

£650,000 boost for community-run pubs

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

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).

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#CheersTo the community pub!

#CheersTo the community pub!

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

From Monday 21st October – Friday 1st November, Power to Change will be hosting a community pub crawl #CheersTo on our social media, celebrating the diverse range of activities that take place in community pubs.

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Community-led markets can make community-led high streets

Community-led markets can make community-led high streets

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

As high streets continue to struggle, we need to look at alternative ways to ensure they return to being the thriving hubs of local life. Power To Change’s Director of Communications and Partnerships, Mark Gordon, shares thoughts on his recent visit to Levenshulme and how community-led markets could provide a solution.

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M&S launches community business challenge in Bradford

M&S launches community business challenge in Bradford

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

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.

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Sustainable Development and Social Business in Jamaica

Sustainable Development and Social Business in Jamaica

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

Yvonne Field, Founder and Director of the Ubele Initiative, recently shared her learnings at the Jamaican Diaspora Conference on ways to develop the young BME leaders of future community businesses, supported by Power to Change.

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£5m Boost for Charity Bank thanks to deposit from Power to Change

£5m Boost for Charity Bank thanks to deposit from Power to Change

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

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

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M&S launches Community Business Challenge in Bristol

M&S launches Community Business Challenge in Bristol

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

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.

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New match-funding scheme to help communities rebuild

£1.6m still available to support community share movement

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

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. 

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Does your community business need a boost?

Does your community business need a boost?

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

As Community Business Weekend approaches (16-19 May), Alice Wharton from Co-operatives UK reflects on the importance of community shares as an increasingly popular tool for raising finance.

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Power up North West

Power up North West

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

Guest blogger Nina Edge, an artist and campaigner from Liverpool 8 reflects on the Power to Change grantee support event in Liverpool on 5th March 2019 where the theme was Health and Wellbeing.

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New research finds potential for anchor institutions and community business partnerships