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Supporting community business
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In London, great wealth rubs up against the stark reality that almost three in ten children are growing up in persistent poverty, the highest proportion in the UK.

Since 2015, Power to Change has invested heavily in close to 300 community businesses in the capital, many of which are community run pubs, shops and cafes in areas of greatest need. Here, these businesses are improving access for local people to much needed services, enhancing community cohesion and tackling social isolation.

Power to Change and Co-operatives UK, supported by the Mayor of London, are running a new funding pilot designed to boost the capital’s high streets and civic centres by growing London’s social economy and community business sector.

Boosting Community Business London will help existing community organisations become community businesses and back grassroots innovation across the capital. The programme is designed to equip both budding and existing community organisations with the knowledge to refine their business and governance models and take the next steps in successfully raising alternative finance, such as community shares.

Development grants have already been awarded to a group looking to purchase and restore a 1930s pub and bring it into community ownership as a live music pub and creative space, and a local charity looking to develop a community share offer to purchase the building they lease and establish a multi-purpose hub with facilities for high street traders. Both have the potential to breathe new life into their communities and aid wealth creation for local people. Applications are open and funding will be awarded on a first-come, first served basis.

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case studies
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Founded by a group of young radicals in Hull in the 1980s, Giroscope’s self-help housing is regenerating the neighbourhood with a new generation of young...

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BlueJam Arts

BlueJam Arts is a dynamic hub for intergenerational music and arts in rural Cumbria which puts young people in the lead of its programmes and operations, and their own creative...

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Bristol Co-operative Gym

Accessible, affordable, and inclusive, Bristol Co-operative Gym is founded by millennials, run by its members, and designed to strengthen everyone in the...

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Coexist Community Kitchen

Coexist Community Kitchen offers a vibrant, welcoming space in central Bristol for people of all ages to find dignity and confidence through cooking....

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People Dem Collective

From a living room meet up to plans to take over a five-story building, People Dem Collective are proudly taking up space in...

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Future Yard

A brand new community venue in one of the country’s most deprived wards exists as a template for how contemporary music venues can be run while proudly proclaiming: The Future is...

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Ten things we've learnt about volunteering

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...

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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...

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At Power to Change, our mission is to strengthen community businesses to tackle some of society’s biggest challenges at a local level, including the three biggest challenges of our time: climate change, digital transformation and social inequalities.