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A collaboration between Co-operatives UK, Power to Change and the Mayor of London
Boosting community business London – application guidance

Introductory workshops

Two online workshops, hosted by Power to Change and Co‑operatives UK were held in February. Recordings of the webinars are now available. 

Workshop 1: Welcome to Community Business

This hour‑long session introduced the concept of community business and community shares, showcased case studies and research, before introducing the pilot and how it works, including:

  • The application process.
  • How we’ll decide what to support.
  • Drawing down of the development grant.
  • Working with specialist advisors.
Listen to a recording of the webinar: Welcome to community business

Workshop 2: What makes a successful community business?

A breakout session was held for potential applicants to meet other community businesses working in the same sectors, areas or facing similar challenges. The workshop featured:

  • Testimonials from existing community businesses
  • Peer to peer discussions providing time to ask questions and share experiences
  • Networking to develop relationships with other community businesses across London
Listen to a recording of the webinar: What makes a successful community business?