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, takes a snapshot view of community businesses in six places around the UK. The second, Neighbourhood economic models, looks at the factors that promote successful community business.