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Community Shops – A better form of business 2022

Published: 2022

This comprehensive publication looks at the community shop sector in the UK. It was first published in 2011 and has grown with additional information year on year. The report can now be used as a startup guide for new groups, a benchmarking tool for existing community shops, and is used by funders and support organisations to futureproof servic…

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…

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…

“We need a Right to Buy, not to try”: How more urban communities can take ownership of their pub

Published: 2022

This publication explores how and why more urban community pubs could be developed in urban areas, and the policy changes and support needed to achieve this.

The report considers the opportunities and challenges facing groups looking at community ownership of a pub in urban areas. It also reviews the policy landscape and operating environment …

Community Pubs – A better form of business 2022

Published: 2022

This research used mixed methods to look at the size, characteristics and performance of the community pub sector in the UK. This is the eighth of such reports, building on what’s known about the sector as it becomes increasingly established. It can be used as an information resource and benchmarking tool for pubs, funders and support organis…

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…

The Community Business Market in 2021 – Summary

Published: 2021

This report summarises the seventh Power to Change annual report into the structure, size, shape and outlook for the community business market in England. It finds that community business are bouncing back from the impact of the pandemic more financially confident and economically stronger.

The Community Business Market in 2021

Published: 2021

This is the seventh in a series of annual reports published by Power to Change on the state of the community business market. This iteration is the fifth researched and written by CFE Research. It uses survey and  interview data to describe a community business market bouncing back financially from the worst of the pandemic, diversifying t…

The Community Business Market in 2020

Published: 2021

This report summarises the sixth Power to Change annual report into the structure, size, shape and outlook for the community business market in England. The 2020 iteration benefits from the same robust methodological approach as 2019, enabling continued confidence in the findings. The market size estimates are based on pre-Covid-19 data but the…

The Community Business Market in 2020

Published: 2021

This is the sixth in a series of annual reports published by the Power to Change Research Institute on the state of the community business market. This iteration is the fourth researched and written by CFE Research and utilises the same robust methodological approach as 2019, enabling continued confidence in the findings.

The research makes us…

Supporting analysis of the Community Business Market Report 2020

Published: 2021

This Supporting Analysis document supports Power to Change’s 2020 report on the community business market. It provides more information on the technical details of estimating market size for individual sub-sectors, and for the market overall. There are two appendices and a bibliography in this document. – Appendix A covers the survey and qu…

Financial analysis of the Liverpool City Region community business market

Published: 2021

This study follows on from research conducted on community businesses in the Liverpool City Region in March 2019. The original work aimed to build a detailed evidence base to demonstrate the size and scope of the community business market in the region, and to provide insight into how growth and financial sustainability can be achieved.

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