Tag: community businesses

Research says the USE-IT! area is fertile ground for social businesses

What does the latest research tell us about what makes community business successful, and about its impacts on the local area?  And what might we conclude about the parts of Birmingham and Sandwell that make up the USE-IT! programme area?

There are a couple of interesting studies commissioned by Power to Change, the independent community business support trust organisation, published in August and September this year.  The first, The impact of community business on local communities[1], takes a snapshot view of community businesses in six places around the UK.  The second, Neighbourhood economic models[2], looks at the factors that promote successful community business.

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“Food Fit for All”: Modified Foods as a Market Opportunity

Recently I was catching up with a friend who had just come back from holiday in the USA. After describing the highlights of the sightseeing and natural beauty, she told me about an unexpected highlight from here trip: going to a “Cat Café.” That’s right: a café that serves coffee drinks with the ‘added value’ of customers getting to hang out with cats.

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Community Business Weekend Comes to Birmingham

In October, Co-operative Futures hosted two local events as part of Community Business Weekend (October 5th-8th). Community Business Weekend is a new annual, nationwide initiative organised by Power to Change. The aim of CBW is to raise the profile of community businesses by promoting existing community businesses and to stimulate new start-ups.

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