Call for community businesses to take part in community business weekend
With just a few weeks to go until the third annual Community Business Weekend on 4 to 7 May, organiser Power to Change is calling for community businesses across the South East to get involved.
In the South East there are many community businesses ranging from community owned pubs, post offices, farms and shops to community run transport, leisure and community centres, all of which are reinvesting in the local area to help benefit local people.
Community Business Weekend offers an opportunity for community businesses to open their doors and for local people to visit and see how they can get involved.
Peter Jenkins, interim chief executive at Power to Change, explained: ‘Community businesses are a great example of local people taking power into their own hands. Every day tens of thousands of people get up and go to work at one of the 7000 community businesses in England. Hundreds of thousands of us shop, visit or benefit from them directly, but they are still relatively unknown.
‘That is 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.
‘Top down regeneration and devolution has failed to transform many disadvantaged areas, but communities, best placed to know what their neighbourhoods need and what works, usually thrive when they are given the power to tackle these issues themselves.’
Community businesses in England employ 35,500 paid staff and 119,500 volunteers. This burgeoning sector has considerable potential to enhance local economies across England and could be the model for the future of the national economy.
A free resource and planning pack for community businesses keen to benefit from the Weekend has been produced. You can request a copy at: communitybusinessweekend.org/register-for-your-pack/