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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

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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New £5million to help community business navigate pandemic

New £5million to help community business navigate pandemic

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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£650,000 boost for community-run pubs

£650,000 boost for community-run pubs

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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M&S launches community business challenge in Bradford

M&S launches community business challenge in Bradford

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

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

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

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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Making the case for community business in 2019

Making the case for community business in 2019

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.

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Liverpool: A New Kind of Community

Liverpool: A New Kind of Community

Photographer Tricia Porter has returned to Liverpool to create a set of bold new portraits celebrating Liverpudlian life as part of the Community is Our Business campaign.

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£1m fund created to power community-run energy

£1m fund created to power community-run energy

A £1m+ fund and expert support programme has been created by Power to Change to pioneer innovative community-led projects and business models. The Next Generation programme will offer up to ten c.£100,000 grants to community businesses to develop decentralised, decarbonised, and democratised energy business models.

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Community businesses grow 9% across England in 2015

Community businesses grow 9% across England in 2015

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

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

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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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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Initial Grants Programme closes with promising pipeline

Initial Grants Programme closes with promising pipeline

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

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

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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