Community business in the spotlight

There's a growing appetite for local people to solve local problems. Find out what training and funding opportunities could benefit you, and put your community business in the spotlight.

Prime Minister must trust local communities 

There will be no 'society which works for everyone' unless people have
power to design and run local services.'

Our Chief Executive Vidhya Alakeson, explains that "In many areas, the only option for keeping these vital services open will be for communities to work closely with their local authorities to take them over and run them as community businesses".

Read Vidhya's full response below.
Read 'The Autumn Statement and our local commmunities'
First ever Community Business Shows a huge success!

Nearly 300 community businesses, businesses and community-business-curious attended our first ever Community Business Shows in Manchester and Liverpool this month and made useful local contacts. Have a look through our photos here.

We received fantastic feedback from attendees, including '" made 9 useful contacts in the first hour", and "Refreshing to attend #CBShow16. Bit different, focused audience, informal and not too long." 
One attendee even said 'It feels like Christmas' .

If you have any more, please let us know in our 3 question survey.

Watch our video
 Calling all leaders in the north of England

Are you passionate about community business? Want to change the world and bring people with you? Join the Power to Change Leadership
Development programme. It will run January to June next year for leaders in the North of England.

You can apply on the RSA website until December 12. Register for our FAQs webinar to find out more. 
Apply to the leadership development programme
Housing in the headlines...

“If community housing was once seen as a rural phenomenon, it is now growing in coastal areas…and in urban big cities”

There’s a frenzy about community housing this month, in the Autumn Statement and beyond. Programme Manager Ged Devlin’s latest blog reflects on the trend and looks to Leeds Community Homes as one of the pioneering community housing projects of the moment.

Leeds Community Homes, with the support of the Community Shares Booster Programme, are running a share offer and so far they’ve met their half way goal. To find out more about the share offer visit Ethex.

Find out more about community shares

Twine - easy impact management for community businesses

We want community businesses to be able to measure their impact and improve – so we’ve created Twine, an easy impact measurement dashboard. We're looking for community businesses to trial it in the new year - the first 50 will get free access!  Interested community businesses should register to take part in the trial. 

Register to take part in the trial
Join our team

We are looking for a Head of Places and Capacity Building – Bristol/Sheffield/ London. Please share this great opportunity with relevant contacts!
Grantee of the month: Southmead Development Trust

Based in North Bristol, Southmead Development Trust is the combination of two local community centres saved by local people. In September, Power to Change awarded a £62,675 grant to refurbish and improve the layout of their youth centre. By making areas multi-purpose, the centre will be able to open every evening and expand the community activities they offer, which already include employment and training classes for job seekers, and sports and fitness classes. They'll also be able to rent out space which will provide the centre with an income  to reinvest in future projects. 

Find out more about our grantee of the month
Sparking social enterprise innovation

The Spark Social Enterprise project is a great opportunity for social entrepreneurs to learn from their counterparts in Belgium, Holland and France. It also includes an accelerator programme to develop high impact vusiness innovation ideas.

Local Charities Day - 16 December

Many community businesses are charities, so let's celebrate them on Local Charities Day! There's plenty of ways to get involved, explained in this handy guide.
Young people pledge #iwill

We believe it’s incredibly important that future generations help define their local areas to be somewhere they feel proud of. The #iwill campaign hopes to increase the number of young people taking part in social action.

What are your Christmas plans?

To help spread community business Christmas cheer, we are collecting some of the best plans communities businesses have for Christmas—please email and tell us what you are doing as we approach the big day.
In the news...
Liverpool Echo – Litherland Remyca Football Club scoop £6,000 Power to Change prize

Charity Times – Autumn Statement
criticised for not going far enough

Pioneers Post – British Government encourages more social investment
Coming up...
4 December - Granby Four Streets Community Market - Liverpool
Granby Street Christmas Market promises it will be their biggest and best with arts and crafts, making workshops, local dishes and music. Find out more here.
7 December-Building volunteering for all - Oxford
This event is aimed at owned and run shops who would like some help in recruiting and retaining volunteers of all ages. Register here.
8 December - My Community shared learning event - Newcastle 
This session will be an opportunity to hear about innovative community initiatives from across England and around social prescribing, community asset transfer etc Book here.
8 December - Network Event- York
Bringing together SSE Fellows, students and other entrepreneurs from across Yorkshire and the Humber and the North East for drinks, canapes and networking. Book here.
If you would like to advertise a community business related event or training, or volunteering/job opportunity in our next newsletter going out in December, please send an email to  
Power to Change
The Clarence Centre
6 St George's Circus
London SE1 6FE

020 3857 7270

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