We are Power to Change, the trust that backs community businesses in England. We help communities use shared power and business to transform where they live.
For community businesses
We are the trust that backs community businesses in England. We help communities use shared power and business to transform where they live.
Funding for your community business
Providing community businesses with match funding, helping them to increase their income through trading and supporting them to develop and launch community share offers. Check out our open programmes.
Peer network: Community Business Patchwork
This free-to-join group is run by and for community led businesses in the UK. Set up in the wake of the pandemic, CB Patchwork offers space for solidarity and inspiration alongside practical peer support. Members meet bi-monthly online, and on their online platform can connect with other community businesses, share views on the members forum, upload news and stories about your community business.
Find out more and join the group today, for free!
Visitor registration, without the paperwork
Twine Visitor is a web and tablet app that allows your visitors to sign in to your activities and events quickly and easily. The accompanying dashboard will tell you more about who you’re reaching in your community. Find out more and sign up via Twine.
- Make the right funding and business decisions
Make intelligent funding applications, improve your financial awareness and get instant access to the aggregated data you need to make those decisions.
- Discretely see how you compare to other community businesses
Get an instant comparison with other businesses like yours using your own financial data anonymously and securely
- Learn more about the community businesses around you
Twine Benchmark brings together really useful financial information from more than 650 community based businesses throughout England over a 5 year period to give you a rich source of data about how they’re doing.
Why not try Twine Benchmark for free, for community businesses.
Twine Volunteer is a free mobile app helping your volunteers record their contributions without any paperwork, and helping you better understand the work they’re doing. It’s a hassle-free way to keep tabs on your activities and projects and how much time and effort each requires. All the while facilitating social distancing and remote communication. Sign up today!
How to start or develop your community business: My Community
For tools, tips and ideas for starting a community business, or growing and developing yours, or just making your community a better place, please see MyCommunity.
For local and regional government
Each local and regional authority knows its constituents the best, so where do we start adding value? We have a depth of experience in understanding what works to empower communities. Ways of turning insight into action. The methods by which communities and local authorities can act on the results of any survey, report or exploration of data.
This work builds on our successes to date, which have seen community businesses integrated into strategies from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and the West Midlands Combined Authority as well as local authority approaches to asset transfer and other policies.
So from our popular and practical guides to tailored research commissioned by local authorities, we are here to help everyone who cares about this country to build back better. Find out more.
We enable decision-makers in Whitehall to connect with insights and voices of communities from across the country. And our work provides objective, rigorous evidence about not just what needs to be done to support communities, but also about how to do it – the means by which government policy can successfully strengthen and nurture our communities. With the most comprehensive evidence base on community business ever assembled, we are here to help make change happen. Find out more.
What are they then?
We believe what defines a community business is:
- Local roots
A business started by local people that will benefit the immediate community around it.
- Accountability to the local community
The local community must have a genuine say in how the business is run.
- Trade for the benefit of the local community
Community businesses sell services and products in and around their local area.
- Broad community impact
Community businesses engage with a variety of different groups in their community and address different community needs. They may have a specific focus on a disadvantaged group, or support the local community more widely.