The first Peer Networks Community of Practice online session focused on the different roles people take up to make sure their networks work thrive.
We take a look at some of the community businesses who have already received investment.
Rebecca Trevalyan is on a mission to make it easier for communities to access the land and property in their town centres.
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.
22 high street leaders including property developers, investors and national government bodies, join forces to launch a new town centre property innovation programme.
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.
Community businesses rely on local people getting involved whether as volunteers, staff, or service users. But how do you encourage people from the community to take part?
Community businesses strengthen local economies and enrich the fabric of society. They bring people together to improve their local areas, often operating in low-income areas while supporting our most vulnerable groups.
As Kindred invests its first money, a new report from the University of Liverpool’s Heseltine Institute reveals the strength of the community business market in Liverpool City Region, pre-Covid.
Our mission is to strengthen community businesses to tackle some of society’s biggest challenges at a local level.
Covid has been a prominent reminder that if we are to have healthy and happy citizens, a cityscape is not complete without high-quality natural spaces.
The Community Shares Booster programme has been pivotal to the community shares revolution.
Veronica meets the people behind Notts County Foundation, the charitable arm of the oldest football club in the world, Notts County FC.
The government should give communities more say over their local high streets’ future and enable councils to support them to do this.
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.
Today, we’re taking the plunge and exploring how to run a community business that’s focused on outdoor activity and sport.
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.
How do we make it easier for communities to access town centre property and space?
One Voice Blackburn’s chairman, Abrar Hussain, offers up some tips on how to adapt your business model to the ever changing needs of your local community.
In this episode, Veronica Gordon hears from two organisations who are harnessing the freedom and joy of cycling to help people in their communities.
Football, the clubs and their grounds, are about far more than business. They sit at the very heart of many communities. They are vital assets that bring communities together, build identity and pride and make a significant contribution to the local economy. They are the ultimate community business.
Our new report calls for government to put a Community Club Ownership Trust at the heart of football reforms as part of its new review following the failed European Super League.
Georgina Edwards, Plunkett Foundation’s Information Hub Manager, introduces their new Better Business survey.
Passionate surfer Nick Jones runs South Shields Surf School on Sandhaven beach in the North East of the UK.
In our latest mini-episode, Nudge’s Hannah Sloggett is back to give us some insider tips on how to buy community assets and give them a new lease of life.
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.
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 report reveals impact of Power to Change on community businesses across England in just six years
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.
High Street Tracker to test impact of social infrastructure on economic resilience.
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.
A dizzying array of funds with similar names were announced at the budget this week, many which fell under the banner of their ‘levelling up’ agenda.
Meeting the grantees using their grants to support their communities through the Covid-19 crisis.
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.
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.
What do we mean by ‘better places’? Can community businesses really transform their local areas?
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.
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.
Today, community business champions Power to Change and Co-operatives UK, supported by the Mayor of London, launched a new funding pilot designed to boost the capital’s high streets and civic centres.
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.
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.
Community energy groups across England will benefit from a new peer support programme to help develop new innovative business models.
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.
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.
Programme manager Bonnie Hewson reflects on the progress of the programme
We need to give communities the power and capital to shape their neighbourhoods
“Levelling Up” after the lockdown must focus on community revival as well as economic growth, MPs and charities demand.
Meeting the grantees using their grants to support their communities through the pandemic
Today, we head to North East Dartmoor to hear from a community who took care work into their own hands after being let down by external care providers.
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
The Covid-19 pandemic has pushed many UK businesses deep into financial crisis, but not all have suffered equally. In fact, the pandemic has produced some unlikely winners in the retail sector.
The National Association of Local Councils has launched The Good Councillor’s Guide to Community Business to promote the opportunities that community businesses can create locally.
As we say goodbye to Mark Gordon, he reflects on his time working with community business
Charlotte Cassedanne and Rose Seagrief look back at the development of the CCLORS fund
We need to change the way we talk about the challenges of community business, says Bonnie Hewson.
Our aims to put community at the heart of town centres, by Policy Manager, Nick Plumb.
Responding to the Government’s Spending Review 2020, CEO of independent trust Power to Change Vidhya Alakeson, said:
Vidhya Alakeson looks ahead to the Government’s 2020 spending review
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.
Crowdfunder & Power to Change team-up to launch Community Business Crowdmatch.
As we’re in the depths of another lockdown, you might be wondering how your organisation can connect with and serve your community in new and safe ways.
Today, we are joined again by Abigail Holsborough from Brixton Windmill to give us her top 5 tips on how to get the best out of your volunteers.
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.
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.
By unlocking the power of community, local authorities can create more responsive services, says Locality Chief Executive, Tony Armstrong.
In our latest episode, we heard from Rebecca McIntyre from the Anglers Rest pub in Derbyshire.
Power to Change has launched two new matched funding programmes as part of the Community Business Renewal Fund. So how are they different?
In this episode, we’re heading to South London. We’re learning how a group of locals united to restore an unusual local landmark and more recently, supply hundreds of bags of flour for a community in lockdown.
In this episode, we learn about a group of women who are fighting against the growing fast fashion industry in Manchester by creating Stitched Up.
Jubilee Pool in Penzance is a striking art deco salt-water lido, built in the 1930s. It has always been a very special part of the Cornish community until disaster struck in 2014.
Power to Change has launched Community Business ReBoost fund – a new match-funding programme designed to help local communities recover, adapt and rebuild resilience through the Covid-19 pandemic.
New report reveals innovation driving community business trading success
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.
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.
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.
A new report shows that local people can save the spaces they care about for as little as £10.
Last year, Nesta’s 100 Day Challenge launched in Liverpool. Here we, Nesta and Liverpool City Council reflect on the project.
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.
Power to Change launches first phase of its Covid-19 renewal support package
Communications and Partnerships Director Mark Gordon says goodbye to two founding members of the Community Business Panel
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
Power to Change brought together a panel to discuss governance models to enable the formal participation of the community sector in high streets and town centres
Kindred is a key part of Liverpool City Region’s (LCR) commitment to growing the impact of good business.
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.
From today, community business leaders in England can apply for an entrepreneurial learning programme and a grant of up to £10,000 to help pandemic-proof their businesses.
A brief update regarding the latest legal requirements for the hospitality sector, to tackle the rise of Coronavirus.
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.
Communities Week 2020: an annual celebration of all of the work by people, businesses and organisations to improve their neighbourhoods
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’.
Liz Zeidler, Chief Executive of Centre for Thriving Places, explores the role of wellbeing in growing an economy.
New report from Power to Change shows 55% of community businesses expect to open up new line of trading activity.
Outlining the importance of civil society in post-Covid planning, how that influences and impacts resilient local places, how to build inclusive economies and the future of social care.
On 13-14 August, Power to Change hosted the first ever online Community Business Festival, showcasing community businesses from across the country. You can watch most sessions back here!
The Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) Council has launched a new drive to uncover suppliers with a positive social impact.
A new guide designed to help local councils across England better understand the benefits that community businesses can bring to their areas is set to be launched later this year.
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.
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
We’re offering 20 free places to help community businesses with their finances
Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has announced £5.5m for Liverpool City Region’s socially trading organisations, following approval from the Combined Authority meeting on Friday 31 July, 2020.
Simon Kaye introduces NLGN’s new project, Shifting the Balance of Community Power
How can community cafes and pubs safely attract customers back through their doors?
New report reveals community businesses generate more income compared with other third sector organisations
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.
As our beleaguered high streets stand at a critical crossroads, Power to Change’s CEO, Vidhya Alakeson, joins the High Streets Task Force Board to help shape a new future for our urban centres.
Today, a new £9.5million funding scheme that will support community-led organisations in England affected by the Covid-19 crisis, has been unveiled.
As lockdown eases, Steve Sharma considers how communication has changed forever
As the UK emerges from the Covid-19 lockdown, a new coalition is inviting us all to come together to build a kinder, closer and more connected society.
Charlotte Cassedanne, Head of Communications at Power to Change, shares some tips
As the hospitality sector gets set to reopen, thousands of not-for-profit businesses across the UK can now access a free app offering an easy way to track and trace.
Our Policy Manager, Tom Hamilton Shaw, reacts to the Grimsey review
Today, The Grimsey Review published “Build Back Better: Covid-19 Supplement for town centres”. Power to Change, an independent trust supporting community business in England, responds.
Community owned pubs are bucking the national picture of closure during the lockdown by diversifying their services and helping those in need, new figures have revealed.
Community Energy England launch Community Energy Fortnight online
This Community Energy Fortnight, Will Walker reflects on the success so far, and what comes next
Vidhya Alakeson writes about the future of high streets post-lockdown for the Financial Times
Kate Stewart takes stock of how we have responded to the COVID-19 crisis within our communities
Rianna Raymond-Williams highlights the work Ubele are doing to support BAME communities
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.
People’s Commission on life after Covid-19 launched to lead largest ever public conversation on Britain’s future
Cross-party think tank Demos has launched a People’s Commission on Life After Covid-19, Renew Normal, to lead the largest ever public conversation on the future of the UK.
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.
Erika Rushton shares her thoughts on how Liverpool businesses have responded to the crisis
Paul Gutherson reflects on the potential for post Covid-19 recovery in communities.
Hannah Ormston of the Carnegie UK Trust reflects on community asset transfers and how they can strengthen communities
Find out how community businesses can play a key role in harnessing all the goodwill that has been unleashed
Stir to Action has launched 20 webinars in partnership with Power to Change to provide free training and peer support for those playing a vital role in their local economy during and after the crisis.
Power to Change launches up to £12 million of emergency support to help community businesses during the coronavirus crisis
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.
Six community-run solar farms in England and Wales have advanced a total of £195,000 in community benefit funds in order to support their local communities through the Covid-19 crisis.
Vidhya Alakeson, our CEO, outlines our response
A Plymouth-based fashion and textiles sampling studio is making workwear for health workers battling Covid-19 by turning surgery curtains into new protective garments.
CONTAGION AND CONTAINMENT: LANDMARK COVID-19 CITIZEN-SCIENCE PROJECT LAUNCHED
Power to Change has joined London Funders, a coalition of trusts and funders, in pledging support for our grantees during these unprecedented times.
Power to Change has partnered with Practical Governance to back a new network developed to support and connect community business leaders during the coronavirus pandemic.
A community pub on Brighton’s Moulsecoomb estate is providing a ‘meals on wheels’ style service to vulnerable local people who can’t get out to buy food during the COVID-19 crisis.
Community business leader Bill Graham reflects on the impact of COVID-19 on community business
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.
What we’re doing to support vital, locally based, frontline organisations
We will be updating this blog as new packages of support are announced by Government
Power to Change, the charitable trust which supports community businesses across England, is postponing Community Business Weekend 2020 until later in the year.
Protecting the most vulnerable in our neighbourhoods
Our CEO Vidhya Alakeson breaks down the budget and what it means for our communities
When you give local people real power, extraordinary things can happen
The final IWD post features a woman who works to improve young people’s lives in Keighley
The third IWD post features one of the founding members of Kitty’s Launderette in Liverpool
In the second IWD post, we spoke to MP Kim Johnson about being a woman in business and politics
On Wednesday 4th March, Onward launched its latest research programme: Repairing our Social Fabric. Read a summary of the launch report.
To mark International Women’s Day (IWD) 2020, we spoke to the founder of Hackney Herbal CIC
Vidhya Alakeson, Power to Change’s Chief Executive, has been named in the 2020 Power 50 awards: a roll call of 50 powerful executives in the UK – who all happen to work part-time or flexibly.
From books to energy, Jonathan Atkinson is well-versed in the world of community business
Community Shares Fund gets £600k boost from Architectural Heritage Fund to help save threatened high street buildings
Communities working together to save much-loved buildings and spaces will today be able to apply for a share of a new £600,000 pot from the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF).
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.
A new housing fund is launching that aims to empower community groups, enabling them to plan and build a thousand affordable homes in local communities across the country.
“Much valued services will disappear if we don’t invest in and professionalise the role of volunteer coordinators”
The Health and Social Care Community of Practice reflect on the role of volunteer coordinators
The community-led regeneration champion reflects on her experiences
Community Owned Renewable Energy Partners (CORE) and Yealm Community Energy (YCE) are celebrating the successful connection of the UK’s first subsidy-free community ground-mount solar.
The charitable trust will offer top-ups to ensure all grants cover the Real Living Wage, and help community businesses to become Living Wage Employers.
Community Business Weekend is an annual, national celebration
A group of volunteers who opened the first community pub on a suburban housing estate in the UK are set to help others to do the same.
Currently, there are 11.3 million adults in the UK lacking one or more basic digital skills
The community business founder and social entrepreneur looks back on her experience
Opportunity knocks for people with Bright Ideas for a community business to apply for share of £3.2m fund
The Bright Ideas Fund will be opening for new applications on Wednesday 26 February.
New research shows Match Trading® grants support 64% increase in income from trading
Comic Relief, Power to Change and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity join Funder Commitment on Climate Change
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.
As we celebrate our fifth birthday, we’re outlining the two commitments we’re making this year
Keighley Community Health Grants will help community businesses and community organisations to offer activities which boost health and wellbeing.
Power to Change partners with Social Investment Business to support grant administration and programme delivery
Power to Change is pleased to announce a significant new partnership with Social Investment Business.
CEO Vidhya Alakeson reflects on how the UK’s departure from the EU will affect the sector
Grants of up to £50,000 per project are on offer as part of the Power to Change Research Institute’s open call for research.
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).
For Community Business Weekend 2020, we will be working with ambassadors covering every region
For Rosie Wild, learning about the community businesses working for young people was one of her standout moments of the year
As the dust settles from the outcome of the General Election, Vidhya Alakeson reflects on the result
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.
Power to Change has pledged to consider how all our investments, operations and funding programmes are operated so that they contribute to a fair and lasting transition to a post-carbon society.
Community business leaders from around the country look at the potential for health and social care
The development trust specialist reflects on his time working in communities
Next Generation consortium member and partner at Everoze, Felicity Jones, shares her learnings
England now has 9,000 community businesses Power to Change’s Community Business Market Report reveals the sector owns assets worth £950m
Power to Change, the independent trust which supports community business across England, has released its 2019 market report, which gives a snapshot of the growing sector.
Uplifting new film commissioned by Power to Change showcases the people behind city’s thriving community business network
The community building expert and chief executive of B-Inspired shares her experience
The 100 Day Challenge has launched in Liverpool, where three teams will come together to test ideas that support children, young people and families in their neighbourhoods to thrive.
The Rural Community Business Awards celebrates the achievements of rural community businesses
The second-hand furniture business has used a £10,000 grant from charitable trust Power to Change to expand its services in the community.
Bread + Roses and Queensbury Celtic Football Club among those taking home funding from Power to Change, and business skills support from M&S and PWC
Charitable trust, Power to Change, has won Agenda Consulting’s Employee Engagement Award 2019 after 93% of staff agreed they would recommend it as good place to work.”
Community energy pioneer shares his wisdom
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
A blog by Power to Change CEO Vidhya Alakeson
21 community-owned businesses from across the UK are finalists for national awards to recognise some of the most inspiring enterprises of their kind.
Acclaimed Bristol photographer Mark Simmons launches new portraits to celebrate the rise of the city’s community businesses
‘Bristol 2019: A New Kind of Community’ exhibition will be on display at Trinity Community Arts, Trinity Road in Lawrence Hill from Wednesday 27th November to Thursday 5th December 2019
In the run up to Power to Change’s In Our Hands event with Wirral Council, we went on a tour of community businesses in Liverpool City Region!
Independent charitable trust Power to Change won the accolade in recognition of its work to transfer solar farms to communities and encourage community energy innovation.
Bread + Roses, The Thornbury Centre and Queensbury Celtic Football Club named among the Bradford finalists of the M&S Community Business Challenge
Five inspiring community businesses in Bradford are now in line for a package of support including business skills training and a cash grant.
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.
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.
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.
APE Project CIC, Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust and Windmill Hill City Farm among those taking home funding and support from M&S and Power to Change.
Community businesses who choose to use Crowdfunder to secure capital for their projects could have their efforts matched to the tune of £6,000 – if they raise the funds this year.
National charity the Plunkett Foundation releases two reports showing rural community businesses thriving and growing in number as people take control in the face of multiple challenges
It has been a busy party conference season at Power To Change. Our CEO, Vidhya Alakeson, Ailbhe McNabola, Head of Research and Policy, and Richard Harries, Director of the Research Institute sum up their takeaways.
A new guide and webinar, designed to help community businesses understand and work with local government, and see what benefits they can offer to their local authorities
City Funds launches investment fund that is first of its kind in the UK Funding approach joins investment, grant and local authority support Impact investment will strengthen Bristol-based initiatives solving citywide problems City Funds announced today the...
Fleet Street journalist Alan Qualtrough has set up a dedicated newspaper for the Stonehouse area of Plymouth.
New report reveals how local authorities can strengthen localism to unlock the power of community partnership
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.
Reboot Localism: Think tank calls for neighbourhoods to be empowered to take control of their futures
The UK needs to reboot localism and empower communities to influence decisions in their local neighbourhoods. That’s according to a new report by the think tank Centre for London.
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.
New research reveals community businesses often sign up to deliver public service contracts knowing that they will make a financial loss.
Inquiry seeks to protect a potential 1,300 community assets at risk of falling out of community hands
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.
In Communities Week it’s nice to celebrate success stories, and there’s much to give us cheer in a new evaluation report on Power To Change’s More Than A Pub funding programme.
Community groups with bright ideas for energy innovation have been awarded almost £500,000 from Power to Change’s Next Generation Fund.
Power to Change are proud to publish ‘Community business at the heart of local change: Our strategy 2019-2022’.
Community business is at the heart of local change and this Communities Week, Power to Change are shining a light on the people who are making their neighbourhoods better places for all.
Community businesses improving the local area can access free support and funding from the School for Social Entrepreneurs and Power to Change
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.
Community experts in housing, retail and libraries among Power to Change’s refreshed Community Business Pane
Charitable Trust’s panel advises Power to Change on strategy and best use of funding
What it takes for communities to be in the lead of their own health
Cash grants worth between £50,000 and £300,000 will be made to community businesses across England through the eighth round of Power to Change’s Community Business Fund.
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.
In this episode, we explore how communities can run their own renewable energy projects, such as YEALM and Brighton Energy, and reinvest the profits into their community.
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 Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government has released a new framework that sets how government will strengthen communities. Power to Change Chief Executive, Vidhya Alakeson, shares her thoughts:
First full study of community-owned land and buildings in over a decade reveals important contribution to the economy
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.
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.
A IPPR North/Power to Change long blog by Vidhya Alakeson and Jack Hunter
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
In this episode, we visit the Proud Trust’s Sidney Street community café in Manchester to find out how this LGBTQ+ venue creates opportunities for everyone.
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.
More Than a Pub, a £2.2m fund to help community groups across England looking to take ownership of their local pub, has launched its second phase.
Discover BUD’s steps in the cycle to become an empowering leader
The fourth edition of Community Business Weekend took place this month from 16-19 May.
Power to Change appoints Capacity: The Public Services Lab to identify needs in and around the city
Nudge Community Builders, Billy Ruffians, Makers HQ, St Saviours and The Furniture Reuse project all take home funding and support from M&S and Power to Change.
Giles Piercy, who is part of Power to Change’s Community of Practice looking at health and social care, shares his thoughts on how integrated care delivery could work with community businesses
Growing, hiring and outpacing the SME sector: meet the grassroots businesses that now contribute £1bn to the economy
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.
We’re living in divisive times – but Brits say their sense of community spirit is alive and well and helping rebuild fractured neighbourhoods.
Suzanne Perry, Power to Change Research Officer and Hanan Farah, CharityWorks Taster Associate
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.
Nudge Community Builders, Billy Ruffians and Makers HQ among the finalists of the M&S Community Business Challenge in Plymouth
Five inspiring community businesses are now in line for a package of support including business development and a cash grant
Power to Change is calling for community businesses to sign up so they can generate new customers, volunteers and spread the word about this vibrant, growing, sector.
Life after council cuts: Inside England’s community run libraries, the Community Business Fix Podcast meets the people who have saved their libraries from closure
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.
Inspired by last week’s event which launched the recent report published by Power to Change by the Heseltine Institute at the University of Liverpool, our CEO Vidhya Alakeson discusses the potential for a more inclusive economy through community business in the Liverpool City Region.
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.
With councils struggling to keep libraries open, communities across the country are stepping in to save and manage them. In our latest episode, we visit some of these community-managed libraries, like Corbett Community Library in London, to understand the impact a...
Power to Change releases another £3m from its Community Business Fund which has given £22m away to community businesses in England since 2016
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 should develop community business leadership programme to support vital sector, major Heseltine Institute report urges
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
M&S and Power to Change join forces to launch Community Business initiative: local community businesses invited to apply for a package of support including business development and funding
Community businesses can apply for a package of business skills support from M&S and up to £10,000 of funding per project from Power to Change.
31 community energy groups applied
Join us in the next episode when we visit Bentley Urban farm and hear how this community business is improving the lives of people living in Doncaster.
Anfield and Everton residents to put ‘the buzz back’ into Oakfield Road after Homebaked Community Land Trust gets go ahead to bring terrace back to life
Homebaked Community Land Trust will open up 189 Oakfield Road so people can come and have their say on plans to bring the boarded-up terrace back to life.
Study focusing on Liverpool, Bristol and Ipswich finds potential for local wealth building by adopting joined-up approach to delivering public services
Solar farms in Shropshire, Kent and Isle of Wight will distribute surplus profits locally for the next 20 years.
Exploring sustainable community business models through work with 6 BAME organisations in London and Manchester
A new evaluation report for Mali Enterprising Leaders (MEL) by The Ubele Initiative
New partnership to support community land trusts
Innovative project to create ‘power partnerships’ between local government and communities
Partnership will help communities in Suffolk to set up their own businesses
We will launch our findings in Autumn 2019, to support more councils to create the environment for localism to flourish.
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.
Over £1m given to 17 community organisations in match-funded equity investments
We talk to Homebaked – a community-run bakery in Anfield, as well as Vidhya Alakeson and Sir John Timpson about their work on the government’s panel on the future of the great British high street.
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.