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Inclusive local economies through traditional retail markets

Inclusive local economies through traditional retail markets

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

The new Markets4People handbook outline how traditional retail markets can help with the Covid-19 recovery, revitalise high streets recovery, and support community wealth building, community business and other linked local economic development agendas.

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Assessing our Diversity, Transparency and Accountability

Assessing our Diversity, Transparency and Accountability

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

Power to Change has been rated on our diversity, transparency and accountability by the Friends Provident Foundation, in their first report publication of the Foundation Practice Rating (FPR). What is The Foundation Practice Rating? The FPR is a project led by Friends...

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Understanding community life at a hyperlocal level

Understanding community life at a hyperlocal level

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

Power to Change commissioned Kantar to conduct a ‘hyperlocal’ version of the Community Life Survey, focused on six places in England participating in the Empowering Places programme. This blog outlines some initial findings on the relative impact of our work in each area.

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The power of in-person events

The power of in-person events

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

Bethan Hunt reflects on the 2021 Bradford Learning Camp of the Empowering Places Programme and the power of meeting in-person in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Theory of Change: Powerful Communities, Better Places

Theory of Change: Powerful Communities, Better Places

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

Power to Change’s vision is that by 2025, more communities in England run businesses that give them power to change what matters to them. They create more resilient places that are better to live and work in for everyone. Our mission is to strengthen community...

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Celebrating community businesses

Celebrating community businesses

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

There are some benefits of online events. In December, together with SSE, we brought together 54 community business leaders from across England to celebrate completing our Community Business Trade Up programme.

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A new era for place-based funding?

A new era for place-based funding?

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

Rachel Laurence reflects on how one organisation, BD Giving, navigated the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic and what this tells us about the future of place-based funding.

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How to enable community-led housing

How to enable community-led housing

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

Tom Archer talks about lessons from our Homes in Community Hands programme, ahead of launching two learning briefs on how to enable community-led housing.

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Real Ideas: From green shoots to mighty oaks

Real Ideas: From green shoots to mighty oaks

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

Real Ideas are a pioneering social enterprise supporting people to build better futures. In this blog, Ed Whitelaw reflects on the role of community business in parks and the importance of community climate heroes.

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Carbon Co-op: The people powered revolution

Carbon Co-op: The people powered revolution

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

Carbon Co-op are a community energy organisation based in Greater Manchester. In this blog, Jonathon Atkinson discusses the importance of community climate action and reflects on what it all means at COP26.

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Sandra Salazar D’eca: Everyday Climate Hero

Sandra Salazar D’eca: Everyday Climate Hero

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

Sandra Salazar D’eca, founder of Go Grow With Love & head grower at Black Rootz, has been named as an Everyday Climate Hero in a new campaign shot by renowned photographer, Rankin.

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Ibe Hayter: Everyday Climate Hero

Ibe Hayter: Everyday Climate Hero

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

Ibe Hayter, founder of Cycle of Life, has been named as an Everyday Climate Hero in a new campaign shot by renowned photographer, Rankin.

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Levelling up: a story from Bromley-by-Bow

Levelling up: a story from Bromley-by-Bow

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

As consensus builds around the importance of social infrastructure to deliver the government’s levelling up ambition, Jenny Sansom shares the story of east London’s Bromley-by-Bow Centre.

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Ten things we’ve learnt about volunteering

Ten things we’ve learnt about volunteering

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

Power to Change recently commissioned a study on the value that volunteers contributed to community businesses. In this blog, Sarah Thelwall describes some of the findings that might be useful for community businesses.

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The Levelling Up White Paper – what we learned

How to make places even stickier

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

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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Building financial capabilities

Building financial capabilities

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

We are seeking proposals from organisations with great ideas that will help to transform the sector, making it more resilient and sustainable for the long term.

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Community tech in action

Community tech in action

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

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?

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

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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Why community organisations need community tech

Why community organisations need community tech

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

This blog post is the first 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

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

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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Community business Covid-19 diaries

Community business Covid-19 diaries

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

Community business Covid-19 diaries give us a window in to how these diverse organisations and their communities coped and responded to the crisis.

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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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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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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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New community energy peer mentoring programme

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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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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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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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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Year Zero: understanding the impact of our funding

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 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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#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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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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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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Join the social radicals in Bradford

Join the social radicals in Bradford

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

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

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

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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Top tips for community cafes   

Top tips for community cafes  

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

Read some top tips on setting up a successful community cafe from a successful community cafe in Bristol – Buzz Lockleaze

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M&S on the Community Business Challenge, Liverpool

M&S on the Community Business Challenge, Liverpool

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

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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Community as remedy: How B Inspired tackles health and social care

Community as remedy: How B Inspired tackles health and social care

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

B Inspired in Leicester is a community business working to change Braunstone in Leicester for the better. Health, social care and wellbeing are among the many areas of work B Inspired is involved in. Its work in this area is the topic of this latest blog by its CEO, Angie Wright.

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The case for community renewables

The case for community renewables

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

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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LALA Land?

LALA Land?

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

Do community businesses need a stronger relationship with councils?

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Now we are three

Now we are three

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

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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Above all, breathe.

Above all, breathe.

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

Tips learnt from the Wavelength Conference which all community business leaders should aim to remember.

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What is a weekend?

What is a weekend?

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

Last weekend saw 200+ community business opened their doors for #CBwkd17

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Reflections on the Power of Place

Reflections on the Power of Place

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

The Power of Place was an attempt by five different organisations – Collaborate, Lankelly Chase, Locality, Local Trust, Power to Change

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The Power of Place

The Power of Place

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

Place-based working addresses the unique needs of people in a specific location.

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Flaunting your assets

Flaunting your assets

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

Public assets are on the frontline when we decide what we want our communities to look like

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Let’s #BeBoldForChange

Let’s #BeBoldForChange

Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 12:00 am

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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