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Get your hands on community business discounts and freebies!

For those of us who are reading emails instead of holiday-ing, there's plenty of reasons to smile. This newsletter is jam-packed with good news, from FREE organiser packs for Community Business Weekend 2017, discounted tickets to the annual Locality convention and the chance to win a trip to Eden Project. Keep on scrolling...
Open up for Community Business Weekend 2017

Open your doors for Community Business Weekend between 5-8 October, and get yourself a FREE organiser pack to help you plan a successful event.

Over 75 community businesses are already registered and now’s your chance to join them.

Our website is now live for you to browse ideas and register for the weekend.

  
Count me in!
Are you running a community business and want to grow by increasing your sales?


Our Community Business Trade Up Programme in partnership with by School for Social Entrepreneurs helps the leaders of community businesses in England with a fully-funded 12-day learning programme spread over six months, a grant of up to £10,000 and connecting you with like-minded individuals.

Applications are now open until 11 October.

Interested in Trading Up?
Don't miss the discount! Locality Convention 2017


Join hundreds of inspiring people working in the community, voluntary and social enterprise sectors for the Locality Convention 2017.Taking place on the 14-15 Nov, this year’s theme is putting the power back into the hands of the community!
 
Using the discount code: PARP2C17 will bring your ticket to £220 (originally £280).


Hurry you only have until the 31 August to use the discount. Book your ticket.
Featured community business: All Saints Action Network (ASAN)
The community hub improving local residents' quality of life in All Saints, Wolverhampton
The community hub improving local residents' quality of life in All Saints, Wolverhampton 

ASAN is a well-established multi-use community hub in All Saints, Wolverhampton. ASAN grew out of local residents determination to regenerate the neighbourhood, as this area of Wolverhampton is one of the 5% most deprived parts of the country. Residents have shown resilience over the years, campaigning for employment opportunities in their local area, especially following the closure of the local Royal Hospital.

ASAN currently boasts workspace, hireable community space, a memorial garden with gardening groups maintaining it, a nursery, a tool library and a recycling service. But its 
latest project, which is backed by a Power to Change grant of £206,221 will establish a wood recycling service called ‘Wood Saints’, which will put an industrial unit to good use. Wood Saints will collect wood from the construction industry and other sites, then either sell on to create saleable items such as furniture and other wood products. Wood Saints, will provide local community, environmental benefit, volunteering apprenticeships training and employment and sustainability.

 
Find out more about ASAN
Survey: share your experience running a community business
Commissioned by Power to Change, CFE Research will undertake research with community businesses, which will then inform the Annual state of the market report on the community business sector, as well as the future development of Power to Change.

Please fill in the survey below. We want to hear from you.
Grab a cuppa and spare 5 mins

A new look for our Research Institute

The Research Institute section of our website has been updated.

Filled with community business reports, case studies, datasets and insightful blogs, you can swat up with the latest research on community business and gain a greater understanding of the sector. It could also help you make the case to local stakeholders, investors, comissioners and local influencers.

Fill your brains with community business research
 Win a trip to Eden Project
If you’ve organised a Big Lunch or Great Get Together event, Eden Project want to hear from you so they can measure its success.

You could even win a trip to the Eden Project for a family or group of four, including £200 towards travel, accommodation in the very cool YHA
snoozeboxes, a meal in the Mediterranean Biome and a hamper of goodies.
Win a trip to Eden project
Job opportunities

Nationwide are looking for a Community Organiser (Swindon)

Thames Ward Community Project - Director of Community Engagement
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Coming up
2-3 July, UK Society for Co-operative Studies 50th Anniversary – Newcastle
This anniversary conference looks at the broad concept of ‘common wealth’, which requires re-thinking about ownership,
control and management of ‘public’ goods and services. Find out more.
7 Sep, Let’s Talk Good Finance – North East
This event aims to bring together charities, social enterprises and 
organisations with social investors and intermediary bodies to network, share information and discuss latest issues relating to social finance. Register here.
 15-17 Sep, Offline Festival – Buckinghamshire
 Community businesses, charities and social enterprises are coming together for an outdoor festival conference on 15-17 September. Filled with ideas and tools needed to create a positive change, it’s well worth checking out the agenda and booking a ticket here.
19-20 Sep, House Party's Tea Party 2017 - Birmingham 

The National Housing Federation conference 2017 will include HouseParty’s little brother: the HouseParty’s TeaParty.The aim of HouseParty is to challenge, discuss and present the rising talent, organisations, ideas and innovation in UK housing and beyond.  It’s a free space to debate, explore, network, connect and innovate.  Join the tea party!

3 Oct, Sources of Funding for Charities and Social Enterprises - London
Sources of Funding for Charities and Social Enterprises will provide you with the knowledge that you need to successfully fund your
organisation. Book now.
If you would like to advertise a community business related event or training, or volunteering/job opportunity in the next newsletter in August please send an email to charlottec@powertochange.org.uk  
 
 
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