Guide to Community Businesses to be launched
It will be designed to help local councils better understand the benefits of community businesses.
National charity the Plunkett Foundation has announced the new collaborative partnership with Power to Change, the independent trust that supports community businesses in England, and the National Association of Local Councils to produce a Guide to Community Businesses specifically for local councils.
The guide for parish, town and community councillors will set out the principles of what a community business is and help councils to consider whether this form of business could be appropriate in their own community.
To help inform the guide the organisations involved are looking for real stories and experiences they can feature - and are calling for anyone involved previously with a parish council, community business collaboration, or partnered project who would like to share the knowledge to get in touch.
Community businesses are enterprises that are owned and run democratically by members of the community and others, on behalf of the community. They come in many forms, including shops, pubs, woodlands and anything which lends itself to community ownership. In addition to developing and safeguarding valuable assets and services, community businesses address a range of issues including isolation, loneliness, wellbeing, work and training.
The charity says that during the coronavirus pandemic the vital role small local businesses play in serving the needs of their local communities has been more evident than ever.