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How to make places even stickier

How to make places even stickier

With the launch of two reports calling on government to put communities in the lead and invest in social infrastructure in order to achieve levelling up, Ailbhe McNabola reflects on the findings and what needs to happen next.

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Community tech in action

Community tech in action

This blog post is the third of three outlining the research that Promising Trouble has undertaken for Power to Change, answering the question, “How can Power to Change inspire greater uptake of community tech?”

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What is community hardware and software?

What is community hardware and software?

This blog post is the second of three outlining the research that Promising Trouble has undertaken for Power to Change, answering the question, “How can Power to Change inspire greater uptake of community tech?”

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A new era for community research

A new era for community research

Six years of cutting-edge research into the community business sector, from Power to Change, will now be hosted by our partners, the Institute for Community Studies.

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What is community energy?

What is community energy?

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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Support communities to save their local pub

Support communities to save their local pub

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!

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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The Better Way Network

The Better Way Network

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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New community energy peer mentoring programme

New community energy peer mentoring programme

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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How 2020 put our name to the test

How 2020 put our name to the test

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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The power of the crowd!

The power of the crowd!

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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The new civic high street

The new civic high street

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?

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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Choose Communities: Buy Social

Choose Communities: Buy Social

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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New support available for community businesses

New support available for community businesses

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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#CheersTo the community pub!

#CheersTo the community pub!

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

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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Power up North West

Power up North West

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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Join the social radicals in Bradford

Join the social radicals in Bradford

Bradford and Power to Change are celebrating their first TEDx together this week on 16th of January. Social innovation is the topic of a day long symposium taking place at the Nation and Science and Media museum there to share ideas from Bradford’s most innovative organisations and individuals.

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A peek into the Booster Programme Panel

A peek into the Booster Programme Panel

Co-operatives’ Booster Programme Manager, Alice Wharton, explains the methodology behind looking through applications of the programme and details what they are looking for in a community business.

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M&S on the Community Business Challenge, Liverpool

M&S on the Community Business Challenge, Liverpool

Pete Swallow, Head of Merseyside, Isle of Man and North Wales Region of M&S discusses how the importance of developing relationships across businesses is integral to long-term sustainability and in turn, Liverpool’s economic development.

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The case for community renewables

The case for community renewables

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has announced it intends to abolish subsidies for new household and community scale renewable electricity technologies. In this blog, Community Business Panel member Afsheen Kabir Rashid, MBE, Co-founder, Director of Repowering London and Chair, Brixton Energy, sets out the case for community renewable energy.

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Now we are three

Now we are three

On the occasion of their third birthday, Vidhya Alakeson reflects on the three things she has been most proud of in Power to Change’s early years.

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Let’s #BeBoldForChange

Let’s #BeBoldForChange

Highfields Centre is located in the heart of a vibrant and diverse community and serves over 2000 individuals a week from different cultures and faiths

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Insider tips: How evidence can engage policymakers

Insider tips: How evidence can engage policymakers

Power to Change had invited Stephen, along with Dr Emma Stone of Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Cathy Irving of the Health Foundation and Dan Corry of New Philanthropy Capital, to share their experience and advice with community groups and community businesses.

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15 Steps to community-led regeneration

15 Steps to community-led regeneration

Naomi Griffith is taking part in our Community Business Leadership Programme; a partnership between Power to Change, RIO and Sheffield University Management School. This support programme for community business leaders combines leadership training and expertise with fast-track connections to experts and industries.

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People powered – building a fairer energy system

People powered – building a fairer energy system

Jenny Howard Coles is taking part in our Community Business Leaders Programme; a partnership between Power to Change, RIO and Sheffield University Management School this support programme for community business leaders combines leadership training and expertise with fast-track connections to experts and industries.

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Learning the lessons from our Initial Grants Programme

Learning the lessons from our Initial Grants Programme

Ailbhe McNabola is the Head of Research and Policy at Power to Change. She has 15 years’ experience in research and analysis in policy-relevant fields, having started her career in management consultancy at Accenture. Ailbhe went on to join the team evaluating policy implementation at the UK National Audit Office, and has held a number of consultancy roles in central government departments.

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Leadership: can you put it in a wheelbarrow?

Leadership: can you put it in a wheelbarrow?

Over the next two years, the RSA, in partnership with Power to Change, RIO and Sheffield University Management School, is delivering a leadership programme for community business leaders and will be exploring the unique leadership challenges faced by those leaders.

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What is leadership?

What is leadership?

Over the next two years, the RSA, in partnership with Power to Change, RIO and Sheffield University Management School, is delivering a leadership programme for community business leaders and will be exploring the unique leadership challenges faced by those leaders.

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Sports for all in a former mining community

Sports for all in a former mining community

As we celebrate the success of community businesses this week and mark the opening of our new £10 million fund to support them, we are sharing blogs from some of our grantees. Steph Hryschko, Chair of Kiveton Park and Wales Community Develop Trust, tells us how a...

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Community Shares – it’s not just about the money

Community Shares – it’s not just about the money

We’re really pleased about the launch earlier this month of our £1 million initiative to support and stimulate community share offers. It is being delivered on our behalf by Co-operatives UK and Locality, via the Community Shares Unit (CSU).

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A good year for community business

A good year for community business

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

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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An insight into our funding decisions

An insight into our funding decisions

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

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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