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Community businesses grow 9% across England in 2015

Community businesses grow 9% across England in 2015

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

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.

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Stephen Howard appointed new chair of Power to Change

Stephen Howard appointed new chair of Power to Change

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

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.

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A good year for community business

A good year for community business

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

It’s been a busy year for Power to Change and a busy year for community business. The sector is growing and the year ended with community business in the national spotlight as Assemble won the Turner Prize for its work with Granby Streets, a community-led housing and regeneration initiative in the Toxteth area of Liverpool.

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A good year for community business

A good year for community business

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

It’s been a busy year for Power to Change and a busy year for community business. The sector is growing and the year ended with community business in the national spotlight as Assemble won the Turner Prize for its work with Granby 4 Streets, a community-led housing and regeneration initiative in the Toxteth area of Liverpool.

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Anchoring communities in heritage buildings

Anchoring communities in heritage buildings

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

Regeneration, local pride and preserving a sense of place are just some of the aims community business and heritage buildings have in common that attendees of the Industrial Heritage 2015 conference are discussing today and tomorrow.

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Anchoring communities in heritage buildings

Anchoring communities in heritage buildings

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

Regeneration, local pride and preserving a sense of place are just some of the aims community business and heritage buildings have in common that attendees of the Industrial Heritage 2015 conference are discussing today and tomorrow.

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Initial Grants Programme closes with promising pipeline

Initial Grants Programme closes with promising pipeline

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

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.

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6 social media tips for community business

6 social media tips for community business

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

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.

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3 businesses receive grants in September

3 businesses receive grants in September

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

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).

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An insight into our funding decisions

An insight into our funding decisions

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

Since launching the Initial Grants Programme in May, we are proud to have committed over £3.75 million in funding to community businesses across England and to be on course to meet our target of £9 million by the end of the year.

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Communities taking back control

Communities taking back control

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

Bob Thust, our Director of Community Business Programmes, highlights a Telegraph article about people in the Yorkshire town of Otley, who have successfully listed all 19 of the town’s pubs as assets of community value (ACVs), giving them protection at a time when 29 are closing each week across the country.

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