Community business means business

January wasn't all bad. We celebrated our second birthday, our Northern leadership programme started and we visited some community businesses including Kensal Rise Library (pictured above) and Heeley Development Trust. Read on for February's opportunities and community business news.
Meaning business - Power to Change turns two
As we enter our third year of supporting community businesses, our Chief Executive Vidhya Alakeson explains how community businesses are transforming places across England. With the vote to leave the European Union being the most powerful signal yet that communities feel disempowered and excluded from decision making, now is the time for community businesses.
How are community businesses transforming places?
Why a shared society is exactly what we need

Jessica Prendergrast, Director of Onion Collective CIC explains why Theresa May’s vision for a shared society is necessary and we should take the opportunity to influence it, rather than mock it.
Why a shared society?
24 Northern entrepreneurs step up as community business leaders

Strong community businesses need strong leaders, and that’s why we’re supporting 24 entrepreneurs from the North of England on our leadership development programme, which started this month. The programme will help leaders to make their community businesses more resilient, develop their skills and connect with their peers.
Meet our 24 entrepreneurs
Higher Rhythm: How a community music and media hub saved their asset

In August 2016, music and media community business Higher Rhythm in Doncaster bought the 17 room building they had rented from the Local Authority for 15 years. This was made possible with the help of a blended funding deal including £40,000 grant from Power to Change, which unlocked a £50,000 loan from Key Fund. Watch our video below, which explains how Higher Rhythm bought their spiritual home and the services it offers the community.
Higher Rhythm, a community business in Doncaster
Featured Grantee: Shotley Pier
Steeped in history, Shotley Pier is a Victorian Railway Pier the local community are not prepared to lose. Instead, they are fundraising £350,000 through community shares to buy and restore the building for future generations to enjoy. Through the Community Shares Programme, Power to Change and the Community Shares Unit have awarded a £5,000 development grant to get the share offer ready, and Power to Change will match fund every pound raised by the share issue up to £100,000.

The share offer will open towards the end of February, with each priced reasonably at £25. You can pledge today if you can’t wait. Read more about the Pier featured on the BBC and ITV, and keep up the momentum with the hashtag #PledgePier

Help save Shotley Pier
Media Trust celebrates Women's Voices

Media Trust is offering charities who support women free communications and campaigns advice from some of the most talented women from media and advertising on International Women’s Day. Their event ‘Women’s Voices’ will bring together 25 charities for women and girls with 35 skilled teams of women from the creative and media industry.
Apply to take part
South West organisations needed to Transform Ageing

Design Council are offering grants to delivery organisations in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset to research locally the needs of older people, as part of Transform Ageing. This programme takes a design-led approach to improving people’s experience of ageing, by bringing together people in later life, social entrepreneurs and health and social care leaders to define, develop and deliver innovative solutions.
Find out more and apply
Calling all women involved in community business!

International Women’s Day is on 8 March and Power to Change is getting behind this year’s #BeBoldForChange theme. We are looking to feature women involved in community businesses in our campaign, to inspire others to do the same and make a difference in their communities!
Get in touch
Make land work for everyone with Land Explorer

Designed by Shared Assets, Land Explorer is a free new website that combines open data on land with a simple map-based interface, designed to enable users to access key information quickly, including land registry INSPIRE ID, flood risk, planning restrictions and potential for agriculture.  
Explore the land
In the news...
Coming up
2 February - Lunch Plus: Community Shares, Sheffield
Social Enterprise Exchange hosts two presentations by Ged Devlin (Power to Change) and Rob Greenland (Leeds Community Homes) on how community shares can mobilise community benefit investment. Find out more.
8 February - Social Value Summit, London
Now in its 4th year, the Social Value Summit attracts over 300 leaders from across the private, public and social sectors. Book here for your chance to hear from Peter Holbrook from Social Enterprise UK and Vidhya Alakeson, Power to Change.
8 February - South West regional network meeting, Exeter
Locality are hosting local meet-ups with Locality members, My Community and Neighbourhood Planning Champions and groups involved in the South West My Community Network. Book here.
9 February- Creating a theory of change: An introduction for funders, London
Training is designed for grant-makers, corporate funders, and philanthropists who are considering using the tool to guide their work in a more strategic direction. Book here.
23 February- Be big in your community, Bath
Supporters Direct, as one of our peer networks are coordinating a monthly activity for supporter owned clubs over the next 18 months. The next is at Merthyr Town who were named as the UEFA grassroots club of 2015 will lead the discussion on what a club can do for its community. Book here.
Join the team

Power to Change are currently hiring a Financial Controller (London). Find the job specification 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 Febrruary please send an email to  
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