The Community Business Trade Up Programme
Running a community business that benefits your local area? Want to increase your impact & sales?
Applications are open for the Community Business Trade Up Programme, run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs, in partnership with Power to Change.
This programme helps the leaders of community businesses in England. It focuses on growing income from trading, to improve impact and sustainability. It offers:
-A learning programme: 12 days spread over nine months
-A Match Trading grant of up to £10,000
-A community of people running organisations like yours
There is no cost to you at any point.
This programme has already supported 130 community businesses. In the first cohort of the programme, community businesses typically increased their income from trading by 92% in one year. In 2019, we’ll help a further 80 community businesses.
Who should apply?
This programme is for community businesses who want to grow by increasing their sales (trading). A community business is run by and for a local community. Its profits are reinvested for the benefit of that community. They will be working towards these criteria:
-Accountable to the local community;
-Trading for the benefit of the local community;
-Making a broad community impact
The community businesses on this programme will have plans to grow trading (income from sales) by at least £10,000 in the next year. Find out more in the guidance notes.
The learning programme runs from June 2019 to March 2020.
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