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What if we ran it ourselves? Getting the measure of Britain’s emerging community business sector

Published: 
22 January 2015

Community business is a familiar idea, but one that has only recently gained traction. A constellation of factors have helped engineer this, including new community rights, the growth of community entrepreneurs and increases in Council asset transfers in the context of an unprecedented fiscal squeeze. With the launch of the Power to Change, a community business-focused grant funder, this is an opportune moment to bring coherence to a highly diverse set of organisations. It is in that context that this report assesses the nature, scale, scope, impact, and financing and support needs of the community business sector.