Striking a balance: a study of how community businesses in Bradford, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough build working relationships with the public, private and third sector

This study explores how community businesses make decisions about when to work  autonomously or in partnership with other organisations in the public, private and third sectors.

It draws on qualitative research evidence from a sample of 24 community businesses in Bradford, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough. The sample comprised organisations of different sizes and characteristics, operating in a variety of local contexts to serve many social purposes.

It was funded in 2018 through the Power to Change Research Institute’s open research grants programme and undertaken by researchers from Policy & Practice, St Chads College, Durham University.

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