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Community Business Weekend returns to champion the power of local people

By John Charlton

Community Business Weekend, which is organised by Power to Change, exists to shine a light on the 7,000 community businesses across the country.

Community businesses are organisations rooted in a local area, run by and answerable to members of the community, and which make a trading profit to re-invest in doing more social good. Community-led pubs, libraries, housing, shops, farms, transport, and renewable energy are just some examples

Power to Change has announced the dates for Community Business Weekend 2018 which will run from May 4-7 across England.

The Weekend offers a unique opportunity for community businesses to invite local people to see behind the scenes, understand how they can get involved in running a business for community good and have a say in local decision making.

Last year the Weekend saw people trying out volunteering at a community-run vineyard, a mass community breakfast in an inner city park and a community pub launch a new beer in Brighton. The Weekend helped community businesses recruit 226 new volunteers, trustees and shareholders.

Peter Jenkins, Interim Chief Executive at Power to Change said “Every day tens of thousands of people get up and go to work at one of the 7,000 community businesses in England. Hundreds of thousands of us shop, visit or benefit from them directly but they are still relatively unknown. That’s why Community Business Weekend is so important. It shines a light on these community-run gems that bring not only much needed services and spaces to a community but boost local economies and reinvest the profits for the benefit of local people.

A free resource and planning pack for community businesses keen to benefit from the Weekend has been produced. Community business can request a copy at: www.communitybusinessweekend.org/register-for-your-pack/

For more information on Community Business Weekend, please visit: www.communitybusinessweekend.org