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.