Monday, 13 May 2019

Community Business Weekend part one | What is it?

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been asked to be a Community Business Weekend ambassador this year! Which means I’m going to be sharing details of the Weekend, why it’s important, and also profiling a community business local to me, all in advance of Community Business Weekend 2019, taking place 16-19 May.

What is Community Business Weekend?

Community Business Weekend is the annual open doors event that celebrates communities in England who are using business to transform where they live. In other words, it’s a great way to look behind the scenes of how our local businesses operate, and to learn more about how to get involved.

Last year, more than 17,000 people visited 225 community businesses, with many going on to become volunteers, shareholders and customers. Pretty cool, huh.

This year, hundreds of community businesses up and down the country will be open – anything from leisure centres to libraries, community pubs to bakeries – and all will be inviting people in to learn more about what they do and how people can get involved – whether that’s through becoming a valued customer or even volunteer.
I love the idea of this because the stats around supporting independent businesses are so compelling. According to Independent Retailer Month, for every £1 spent with a local, independent business, between 50p-70p circulates back into that local economy. We were chatting to the kids about exactly this at the weekend, and saying how important it is to keep that economy buoyant rather than sending our cash to the US via Asda, for example (we do shop there sometimes, but we try to shop locally more!).

An active local economy is crucial – community businesses are at the coal face in tackling some of society’s biggest problems, like loneliness, lack of housing and mental health issues through providing activities and services locally.

Want to find a Community Business Weekend near you? 

Brilliant! Head to

And come back later in the week when I visit a local community business – I promise it’s a good one!

About Community Business Weekend:

Community Business Weekend is supported by Power to Change, the independent charitable trust set up to support community businesses to create better places across England. For support and funding for your community business, visit


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