Community Cafes

In this episode of the Community Business Fix, we visit Café INDIEpendent in Scunthorpe to shine a light on the impact this co-operative venture is having in its local area. Much more than a place to grab a coffee, the café is helping to tackle social isolation and providing training opportunities for young people. We also hear some top tips on community café’s from Buzz Lockleaze in Bristol.

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Saving High Streets

In this episode, we explore the role of community business in saving high streets from decline. Given the rise in online retail, community business offer a way of repurposing our high streets to serve a more community-orientated goal. To demonstrate, we visit Homebaked – a community-run bakery in Anfield, which along with serving delicious pies also provides training opportunities for local residents to get back into employment. We also hear from Vidhya Alakeson and Sir John Timpson on their work as part of an expert panel providing solutions to revitalise the great British high street.

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Community Shares

In this episode of The Community Business Fix, we explore community shares by visiting Stretford Public Hall. This community benefit society raised capital by asking members of their local communities to contribute a small amount of money each. The results were staggering, proving just how powerful community can be.

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More Than A Pub

In this episode of The Community Business Fix, we get under the skin of community pubs. How do you start one? How are they more than normal pubs? And how do you run one to benefit your community? Join us on a journey to The Gardners Rest in Sheffield as we get local people to answer these questions. We also hear from Sally from The Anglers Rest with top tips if you want to save your local.

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Hulme community garden centre

Learning to let go: the case for community control

In this podcast, Vidhya Alakeson, Chief Executive of Power to Change, the independent trust supporting community businesses in England, explores some of the ways local people have taken local power by running community businesses, and the many benefits that brings.

Featuring community businesses from Bristol, Luton, Liverpool, London, Leeds, and Wellingborough.

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The Community Business Fix is a monthly podcast to showcase some of the extraordinary stories of how community businesses have set up, the opportunities they bring and how they are helping people live better lives through participation and power. We want more people to know about them and feel inspired to take power locally and run community businesses to bring long-term benefit to where they live.

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