Who gets involved in community business?

Naturally, the whole community can get involved in community business, but our latest research has highlighted a particular appetite in those who are young, happier and more diverse. Interesting right? Find out who could be leading the future of community business below.
Community business: younger, happier and more diverse

We spent a good part of the last six months getting to the bottom of what sort of people  have the entrepreneurial spark to mobilise their neighbourhood to run a community business.

16% of the people in Great Britain are up for getting involved in community business. Find out who they are and how community business leaders at Totnes Community Development Society have been engaging them.
Who are the 16% most likely to be involved in community business?
Empowering Places - meet the longlist

The Power to Change Empowering Places programme will focus on funding community business activity in 10 places across England. Last year, 14 catalyst organisations received a Learning Grant to develop a deeper understanding of how community business could address the needs of their communities. The shortlist will be announced in Spring, but you can find the longlist of places below.

Meet the catalysts empowering places
We're going LIVE for International Women's Day!
On 8 March, we’ll be celebrating International Women’s Day at community pub The Anglers Rest in Bamford. Speakers include:
Liversedge OBE - first female president of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers

-Dr. Kate Wilkinson Cross - Environmentalist and Lecturer in Law -Zoe Bury - Substance Misuse Nurse
-Pam Kenworthy OBE - Chair of the Bamford Community Society which owns the Anglers Rest.
There will also be an exhibition of bold art produced by local female artists as well an exhibition about some of the bold moments which have inspired women in our community.

We'll be bringing you a live stream of the event wherever you might be! Like our Facebook page below, and remember to tune in from 6.30pm for Live coverage.

The same day we’ll also be kicking off our #BeBoldForChange campaign which will feature women’s journeys into community business in an album on Facebook. You can still be a part of the campaign by emailing
Don’t miss us Live, like our Facebook page!

Come and join the network fun!

Whether you’re a social movement-maker, community manager, local group leader or just love the idea of peer networks, our Peer Network Community of Practice have launched a brand new website called Unlocking Networks.  Packed with loads of resources, presentations, interviews and much more, this a free resource for network makers by network makers , with a passion for helping others build strong positive networks for social change. 
Unlock your network
Featured Grantee: Bampton LARCS
Bampton Library is relocating to our grantee Bampton LARCS (Library and Resource Centre) this month. Bampton residents are delighted as the move has been anticipated for some time.

It is also an opportunity for both 
LARCS and Libraries Unlimited to grow their businesses and make full use of the Power to Change grant of £148,647, which assisted in the refurbishment of the Old School House into the to-be library. The move should also allow for extended opening hours and community space to run events and clubs which will engage the whole community, including young people and the elderly, improving social cohesion. Look out for their opening events
Find out more
Three research projects selected through open call

We received a large number of high-quality proposals to our first-ever open call for research projects.
Three proposals have been funded by our selection panel:
  • New Economics Foundation: Sustainable social care, what role for community business?
  • Rural Action Yorkshire & Durham Community Action: Research to better understand the size, scale, scope, potential growth and future pipeline of Village Halls as Community Businesses
  • University of Middlesex: The Role of Community Businesses in Providing Health & Wellbeing Services – challenges, opportunities and support needs
If you’re interested, keep an eye out for our next open call which will be advertised in June.
Rough guide to engaging communities in energy network innovation

Regen SW have published a guide that explores how communities can participate in the shift to a smarter more flexible energy system. The guide offers best practice advice to Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) on how to positively engage local communities in energy network innovation, drawing on seven case studies of innovation trials and information gathered at two event workshops.
Download your 'rough guide'
Free event this Thursday - Let's debate the housing crisis

This Thursday, join a debate discussing the housing crisis and potential solutions for communities, chaired by Patrick Smith from Buzzfeed.The debate is hosted by Power to Change and Brixton Green, a local community-led housing initiative. 

Join us on March 2, Pop Brixton, 7.30-9.30pm. Find out more here.
In the news...
Coming up
9 March, Fit for the Future: leading the way in health and care 2017 – Birmingham

Social Enterprise UK’s annual health conference for social enterprises, charities, housing associations, local authorities, CCGs, health and wellbeing boards and those within the NHS. Book here.
9 March, Creating a theory of change: An introduction for charities – London

Learn how a theory of change can help you clarify your strategy, measure your impact and think about your place in the sector.
Practise mapping your own at this event. Book now.
13 March, Being a small charity trustee – London

This seminar will explore what you need to know as a small charity trustee. Book here.
14 March, Is a co-operative right for you? - Birmingham

one day session, run by expert co-operative business advisers for anyone interested in learning more about co-operatives and want to explore this option. Book here.
15 March, Creating an enduring legacy – London

How do you create the impact of your charity’s work and create an enduring legacy from it? Hear from our Chair Stephen Howard and Wrigleys at this seminar. Book here.
22 March, Finding new customers and making more sales- London
This one-day workshop will provide you with all the tools, techniques and help you make finding new customers, increasing revenues and growing your charity/social enterprise need to make this as straightforward as possible. Book here.
If you would like to advertise a community business related event or training, or volunteering/job opportunity in the next newsletter going out in March please send an email to  
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