Community Business stories
Case studies, articles and blogs of practical examples on what Community Businesses are doing across the UK.
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Find out what is happening across the sector.
History shows strong communities crucial to defining a post-COVID future
An essay that puts the community-level response to COVID-19 in context of previous national crises – from the plague to the great flood.
Owning the Future: After COVID-19, a new era of community wealth building
Report by Democracy Collaborative on system change.
HCT Group News
All the latest news from the transport social enterprise, the HCT Group.
In this joint blog, CUSP researchers together with colleagues from Locality, outline some of the early frames of the joint research project looking at the idea of ‘good work’ in community business.
COVID-19: Grimsby Deep Dive
Will Thomson from SIB, uses data to dig a little deeper into how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting places and people across the country.
Four scenarios and a future for communities
James Goodman, looks at how four future scenarios can help us to understand the role that communities can play beyond COVID-19.
Squatting the economy
Erika Rushton looks at the ability of volunteers and social pioneers to be more responsive to local needs than traditional markets.
Crisis, Recovery, Transition, Legacy
Jess Steele from WRNV Hastings, argues for the three big shifts prompted by Covid-19 that could positively shape the future of Hastings.
The World Changed
Bill Graham reflects on the impact of COVID-19 on the community business sector in the first two weeks of crisis.
5 things the government might not want us to learn from the fight against covid-19 and what it means for a different kind of economics
Jess Prendergrast from the Onion Collective on the critical lessons Covid-19 has shown us, and why we shouldn’t forget them.
Make Do: Travelling at the Speed of Trust
Iain Chambers from Brightons Bevy pub reflects on the early impact of COVID-19.
Freelance Life Under Lockdown
Adrian Ashton on how freelancing through floods trained him for life under lockdown.
After the crisis: let’s fix procurement
Alastair Parvin, on why procurement needs fixing
Centralised or multi-level: which governance systems are having a ‘good’ pandemic?
Jen Gaskell and Gerry Stoker write about how decentralised capacity, combined with a constructive relationship at different levels of governance, may result in a more effective strategy during a crisis.
The biggest chance we will probably ever get
Laura Seebohm from Changing Lives, on the inequality that Covid-19 will expose.
8 Tips for framing Covid-19
Ella Saltmarshe on why language is so important at this time.
Stories, articles and blogs about funding community businesses.
Crowdfunding a community pub
How community-owned pub, The Craufurd Arms responded to closure and used crowdfunding to support its staff.
By Community Shares Company & the Craufurd Arms Maidenhead.
David Floyd from Social Spider on funding for the social economy.
Online and offline social connection (services, information & entertainment).
Moving services online
Taking services online and supporting those with little access to connect.
By Chichester Community Development Trust.
Creating local streaming content
Isolation Station Hastings, working with local people and organisations to stream daily content from people’s homes.
By WRNV Ltd, Hastings.
Ways to keep the community connected, especially anyone isolated, plus including guidelines for volunteers.
By the Onion Collective.
Publishing monthly community newspapers in Waltham Forest, Tottenham and Enfield.
By Social Spider.
Creating a local volunteer hub
A town-wide support hub of 900+ resident volunteers and 45+ coordinators.
By Hastings Emergency Action Response team.
Supporting staff and volunteer wellbeing.
Supporting staff remotely
Providing structure while working remotely and using the 5 ways to wellbeing to support staff.
By Project 6.
Managing food preparation, delivery and/or distribution.
Re-purposing the community shop for grocery delivery.
By Bretforton Community Shop, Worcestershire.
Hot meal delivery
“Bevy Bites”, providing hot meals for vulnerable people in the Moulsecoomb area of Brighton.
By the Bevy, Brighton.
Adapting a Bakery
Transforming the bakery to account for social distancing.
By Homebaked Cooperative Bakery Anfield.
Health & Social Care
Maintaining community-based health and social care.
Mental health services online
Moving mental health support services from 'face to face' to digital.
By Inspired Neighbourhoods Group.
Professor Donna Hall, highlights the inequality between support for health provision and that for care provision, and discusses how this must change.
Supporting micro-enterprises in your network.
Supporting tenant micro-enterprises
Surveying and providing support to tenants in Rock House, a mixed-use building which contains 6 capped-rent flats and 80 micro-enterprises.
By Rock House, Hastings.
Bringing together ideas to support the community
Virtual soup gatherings to pitch ideas for the community and provide small investments for women as a source of social change.
By Flourish Together CIC.
Working in partnership with local authorities and business.
Repurposing a workshop and training centre
Working with Mid-Devon District Council to repurpose the mill as temporary accommodation for vulnerable people and frontline workers.
By Selgars Mill.
An exploration on how community responses to COVID-19 might disrupt the current relationship between communities and public services and how they could begin to shape a different dynamic in which residents have more power and control over what happens in their area.
New Local Government Network’s (NLGN) Leadership Index found that Council heads praised community efforts in tackling the pandemic, while for three quarters of them, economic confidence at its lowest levels since the survey began.
Community hubs & assets
As Coronavirus forces us to slow down, stay local and re-evaluate what’s actually important, this could be an opportunity to unlock the groundswell of green and community enterprise that’s waiting in the wings.