After hosting three events in one week, we realised we had so much to tell you about community business that one newsletter just wasn’t enough. From now on, Power to Change newsletters will land in your inbox twice a month in order to keep you up to date with developments in the community business sector.
"Some of the changes that can help restore people’s sense of control over their future lie in the realm of big politics; others are far more local.

This is where community businesses come in.

Our Chief Executive, Vidhya Alakeson, is back from maternity leave and straight back into the action.

In her latest blog post, she claims 'We have no choice but to adjust to the shocks in the world', and that community businesses are needed now more than ever.
23 November -  Join us at the Community Business Show in Liverpool

From exploring the history of community business, to speed networking with like-minded individuals and watching our Bright Sparks pitch their community business ideas in our friendly Dragons' den, our first ever Manchester Community Business Show was a huge success and thanks to all who came!

Did you miss it? No need to fret, the next stop is Liverpool on 23 November. Get yourself on the guest list  for a chance to celebrate the way community businesses are changing Liverpool and make useful connections across the city.


Power to Change put on an excellent event today! You brought together many really interesting, enterprising people and organisations. The Community Business Show 2016 has opened up a whole host of opportunities for Greater Manchester Community Businesses. Thank you! #CBShow16” – Attendee, Community Business Show Manchester.
What's the role of asset transfer in developing the community business market?

Our Head of Research and Policy, Ailbhe McNabola, claims it's 'Time for some big thinking on community assets' , following findings in from our latest report, by New Local Government Network,  providing the most comprehensive possible mapping of asset transfers from local authorities to communities in recent years. Read the report.
The community business market grows by 5% in 2016

Our 'The Community Business Market in 2016' report finds that the number of community businesses in England has grown by 5% in the last year, outstripping growth by both charities (1%) and small businesses (2.3%). See what Civil Society had to say about it.
Can you apply to Power to Change?
In our webinars, we try to answer this question and many others you have around criteria and the application process for our programmes. Catch up with the latest:

Interested in our Leadership Programme? Register for our FAQs webinar on 17 November.

Have a community business idea? Bright Ideas Fund might be for you - watch the webinar. Deadline for this round is on 30 November.

An existing community business looking for funding? Watch the Community Business Fund webinar in your own time, although our current round closes on 16 December.

Building Stronger Communities grants available
UK Community Foundations grants of £1,000 - £10,000 are available to community projects which work in areas of disadvantage, as part of Comic Relief’s Building Stronger Communities programme.  Head over to their website for more information.

Get yourself media and marketing savvy

Raise the profile of your community work and get your message heard with a free media training programme delivered by Media Trust. The training will be spread across the country and offers 15 groups per region four training sessions to get to grips with PR, marketing, social media and networking with local and regional journalists. Apply here.
In the news...
 Third Sector - Community business sector 'expanding faster than charity or small business zones

Liverpool Echo - Homebaked Anfield: Story of a match-day pie shop

Liverpool Echo - Finalists revealed in Dragons Den Style community competition to win £6k prize
Coming up...
22 November - Measuring Social Impact Masterclass, London

This masterclass is for organisations who want to develop a framework, reporting process and system for measuring the social and economic impact of their projects. Register here.
22 November - Community Transport Association Westminster Conference, London

The conference promises to discuss making transport inclusive and accessible for all, and will have representatives from across the transport network. Register here.

30 November - Investment readiness workshop for community pub groups, Dorset

As part of our More than a Pub programme, we want more community groups to understand the benefits of social investment. Join Plunkett Foundation for a useful workshop and an inspiring visit of The Drovers Inn which was saved by Gussafe Community Benefit Society. Register
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.
If you would like to advertise a community business related event or training, or volunteering/job opportunity in our next newsletter going out at the end of the month, 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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