Guide to community businesses launched

29/01/2021

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has launched The Good Councillor's Guide to community business to promote the opportunities community businesses can create locally. 

The Plunkett Foundation has written the guide in partnership with Power to Change, the independent trust that supports community businesses in England.   It's a comprehensive resource that will enable local councils to understand better how a community business could enhance their parish or town in a post-Covid society.

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the importance of local services has never been more apparent, but an increasing number of services are at risk of closure due to market forces, lack of funding, or due to the effects of the pandemic. Many residents, many of whom are dependent or vulnerable, are losing access to essential amenities.  In these areas where there is a concern of services being lost, the community business approach is often a viable and sustainable solution.

This guide intends to provide the practical "how-to" knowledge behind a community business and inspire a new generation of businesses to open.  Support is available from all three partners including Plunkett Foundation, Power to Change and the National Association of Local Councils to ensure councillors access further expertise and resource to realise the ambition of setting up a community business in their area.

The links below are to the relevant pages of the Plunkett Foundation website: