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Evaluation of the Next Generation programme for Community Energy – innovation

Published: 2022

Power to Change’s Next Generation programme aims to support the development of innovative business models for community energy businesses.  This evaluation report from CAG consultants summarises findings from Year 2 of CAG Consultant’s evaluation of the innovation programme.  Support and funding from the Next Generation programme …

Helping community businesses be more resilient – Lessons learnt from the Trade Up programme

Published: 2022

One of Power to Change’s three strategic priorities for 2021-2025 is ‘more resilient community businesses’. This paper explores whether the Trade Up programme – designed to support the growth of community businesses and being delivered between May 2017 to March 2022 – made community businesses more resilient. Findings show that while diff…

How can funders support early-stage community businesses? Lessons learnt from the Bright Ideas programme

Published: 2022

Power to Change funded the Bright Ideas programme between 2016 and 2021 to support community groups to develop, test and launch their community business ideas. This short evaluation report outlines the impact that the programme had on community groups and early-stage community businesses, and recommends ways in which funders can support them go…

Models of Value that Community Organising Generates for its Adopters

Published: 2022

Over recent years, the principles and practice of community organising have proliferated across a range of organisations and sectors. Keen to understand the impact of community organising and its potential as a tool for communities to tackle local issues, Power to Change commissioned a piece of research in 2020 looking in-depth at the experienc…

Nourishing Community Businesses: Beyond Market Development

Published: 2022

This report, written by CRESR at Sheffield Hallam for Power to Change, builds on the themes of an earlier insight report, Food for Thought: Understanding Market Development (Dobson, Macmillan and Wells, 2020), which was prepared in late 2019 and published in February 2020. Since then there have been major changes within Power to Change, the com…

Supports and challenges for community businesses: Lessons learnt from Power to Change’s legacy programme evaluations

Published: 2022

This report summarises findings from a desk-based review of 17 publications commissioned by Power to Change, to share findings on the support and challenges that are faced by community businesses. Looking across Power to Change’s grant and support programmes such as the Bright Ideas, Trade Up and Community Business Fund programmes, the report…

Thematic Paper: Sector & Community Businesses

Published: 2022

This working paper explores how the concept of sector can be useful for funders to understand and support community businesses. It also presents recommendations for using sector typologies going forward.

While sector trends in the community business market are not always clear to identify, this research shows that sector typologies can nonethe…

Delivering Zero-Carbon Schools: A practical and innovative business model for the community energy sector

Published: 2022

Schools are at the heart of our local communities; they represent a quarter of public sector carbon emissions, so fully decarbonising their energy will be essential. While two-thirds of local authorities have declared a Climate Emergency, many do not have plans in place to tackle schools’ emissions. This report presents a new business mo…

Power to Change and blended finance

Published: 2021

The social investment market in the UK is growing rapidly, with transaction values rising from £165 million to £1.1 billion over the last ten years. Power to Change sees social investment as being a key funding approach to develop the community business market. Working through the Key Fund and Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC) they have i…

An assessment of community-based social enterprises in three European countries

Published: 2018

# Preview | Download RI-12-CS-An assessment of community-based social enterprises in three European countries.pdf2MB Citation Bailey, Nick, Kleinhans, Reinout and Lindbergh, Jessica (2018) An assessment of community-based social enterprises in three European countries. Case Study. Power to Change. Authors Nick

An assessment of community-based social enterprises in three European countries

Published: 2018

# Preview | Download RI-12S-An assessment of community-based social enterprises in three European countries.pdf452kB Citation Bailey, Nick, Kleinhans, Reinout and Lindbergh, Jessica (2018) An assessment of community-based social enterprises in three European countries. Authors Nick Bailey Reinout Kleinhans Jessica Lindbergh

An assessment of community-based social enterprises in three European countries

Published: 2018

Power to Change commissioned a team from the University of Westminster, Delft University of Technology and Stockholm University to carry out a comparative study of community-based social enterprise (CBSE) in England, the Netherlands and Sweden. National policy was reviewed and three case studies were selected from each country, in order to prov…

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