We are targeting funding and resources towards places that look ripe for community business. By harnessing the combined forces of all the players in an area, we believe that community businesses can start up and thrive and achieve positive change for their neighbourhoods.

Working with partners we will explore this possibility in places across England.

In the first half of 2016 we worked with Young Foundation in Sheffield and a consortium led by Social Enterprise UK in Plymouth to understand the potential of place-based working to develop community business. You can read more about our work and findings below.

In October 2016, we invited a selection of organisations in places across England that meet our criteria to apply for a Learning Grant to develop a deeper understanding of how community business could address the needs of their communities and map local assets and opportunities that could enable new community businesses to develop. The places will be announced in January 2017 and we will share our findings in Spring 2017.

Our ambition is to transform places. Like Burton Street Foundation, a Power to Change grantee in Sheffield, has

Sheffield

Sheffield is home to a number of successful community businesses, such as the Burton Street Foundation.

The Young Foundation are our partners on the ground in Sheffield. They are helping us to engage with communities in the Park Central, Heeley and Upperthorpe wards in order to understand their aspirations.

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Devonport, part of the Power to Change's regional programme in Plymouth

Plymouth

This southern coastal town is one of the first designated ‘Social Enterprise Cities’ in England.

It therefore made sense for us to team up with Social Enterprise UK to focus on the Devonport and Stonehouse wards of Plymouth to see how community business can help them address their ambitions.

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Hastings

One example of a place transformed by community business is Hastings. Inspired by taking ownership of the most iconic landmark in the town, Hastings Pier, the community has moved on to take control of other assets for the benefit of the neighbourhood.

This short film tells the story of what community ownership of the Pier led to next.

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