Monthly Archives: October 2021

Community Anchors & Community Wealth Building in Preston – Stir to Action working with Preston City Council

6th October, 2021 / Andrew

In Autumn 2020, Stir to Action partnered with Preston City Council and the Preston Model BAMME advisory group to create a six-week programme that focused on providing targeted support for BAME organisations in the city, stimulating cultural awareness and interest in worker-owned business. Despite the success of Community Wealth Building, as with the wider co-operative ...

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Co-operative Options for Landscaping Services in Milton Keynes – Coop Futures working with Milton Keynes Council

6th October, 2021 / Andrew

Milton Keynes is a fully parished council with 48 parish and town councils (P&TCs). In 2014 Milton Keynes Council (MKC) began the process of devolving the delivery of some landscaping services to P&TCs. Twelve P&TCs took up this offer and have been successfully managing their local services. All twelve make additional financial contributions from their ...

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Wigan’s commitment to social enterprises recognised nationally – Wigan Council

5th October, 2021 / Andrew

Wigan Borough’s commitment to the growth and success of social enterprises has been officially recognised. Wigan was awarded Social Enterprise Places status earlier this year thanks to the work of the borough’s social entrepreneurs and community-focused businesses. The status, given to Wigan by Social Enterprise UK, acknowledges the borough’s commitment to supporting and growing social ...

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Elemore Eco Park Regeneration – taking a Community Wealth Building approach – Sunderland City Council

5th October, 2021 / Andrew

Sunderland City Council has its Community Wealth Building Strategy at the heart of a green recovery, regeneration project, in the heart of the City. Sunderland Council undertook significant resident consultation during 2019/2020 – entitled Let’s Talk Sunderland.  The consultation reached over 50% of the city’s population and informed the Sunderland City Plan and Neighbourhood Investment ...

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Creating skills & employment opportunities for local people through collaboration & innovation – Stevenage Borough Council

5th October, 2021 / Andrew

The council worked with a wide range of partners across the education, construction, and employment sectors to create a partnership aimed at ensuring local people directly benefit from skills and employment opportunities through the delivery of the council’s £1bn regeneration programme and housing improvement programme. The council worked closely with key partners in North Hertfordshire ...

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Salford, Living Wage City – Salford City Council

5th October, 2021 / Andrew

Salford City Council became the first council in Greater Manchester to pay the real Living Wage and be accredited by the Living Wage Foundation in 2013. November 2019 saw Salford recognised by the Living Wage Foundation for its activity and ambition to become the first Living Wage City in England: tackling poverty, boosting business and ...

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Tackling Inequalities: The Salford Way – Salford City Council

5th October, 2021 / Andrew

Local economies are posed with challenges of an unprecedented scale. The Covid-19 pandemic has both exacerbated deeply entrenched inequalities and exposed the need for genuine economic and societal change. As Salford looks to the future and recovery, inclusivity and tackling entrenched inequalities must be at the heart of everything we do as we seek to ...

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Asset transfer unlocks the door for a new Supported Living development in Rochdale – Rochdale Borough Council

4th October, 2021 / Andrew

In April 2014, PossAbilities CIC was formed and the delivery-arm of Rochdale Council’s (‘RMBC’) Adult Social Care department was ‘spun-out’ into this new independent social business. At that stage the Cherwell Centre, which provided a base from where PossAbilities provided a range of support services was leased to the organisation for a period of ten ...

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Oxfordshire Inclusive Economy Partnership – Oxford City Council

4th October, 2021 / Andrew

The Oxfordshire Inclusive Economy Partnership is a countywide partnership of organisations from the public, private and community & voluntary sectors who have come together to develop an inclusive economy agenda countywide. In March 2021, Oxfordshire inclusive economy work was relaunched, building on a seminar series findings, recommendations and actions. Read more…

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Growing an Inclusive Co-operative Economy Policy Lab – Oxford City Council

4th October, 2021 / Andrew

We’re leading on a national Policy Lab project in partnership with CCIN Associate members from Stevenage, Luton, Preston and affiliate member The Development Co-operative. The ‘Growing an Inclusive Co-operative Economy’ policy lab has established a working group, meeting regularly and co-operating to share best practices and case studies on how to support the growth of ...

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Sustainable Procurement Strategy – London Borough of Lewisham

4th October, 2021 / Andrew

With a particular focus on Community Wealth Building and links to Future Lewisham The Council has identified four key themes for ‘Future Lewisham’, which will help to ensure that the borough not only recovers from the pandemic, but comes back stronger. One of these themes is to help provide an economically sound future for all ...

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Knowsley Better Together in action: COVID-19 Recovery – Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

1st October, 2021 / Andrew

By putting its well-established Knowsley Better Together principles into action, Knowsley Council has worked hand-in-hand with local communities and strategic partner agencies throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure support for the most vulnerable communities. Building further on this approach, the Council is investing more than £8m to ensure that local communities have the support needed ...

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Owned by Oxford – Oxford City Council

3rd September, 2021 / Andrew

Community Wealth Building seeks to prevent wealth leaving the local area by aligning the procurement and asset management practices of local institutions (also referred to as Anchors) towards financially, socially and environmentally regenerative activities within the local economy. The Owned by Oxford project trials an approach to Community Wealth Building that marries a top-down, strategic, ...

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Community Wealth Building 2.0 and Cooperative Development in Preston

5th August, 2021 / Andrew

In February 2021 Preston City Council launched a new Community Wealth Building Strategy CWB 2.0 Leading Resilience and Recovery in Preston. The creation of a more diverse and democratic economy in Preston is a key theme. Strategic priorities include promoting cooperative education and training and the conversion of businesses to worker or employee-owned ventures. Cooperative ...

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City Centre Recovery – Castle Quarter – Cardiff Council

6th October, 2020 / Andrew

Cardiff Council has delivered an innovative new public space and outdoor seating area, the ‘Castle Quarter,’ to support local hospitality businesses in the city centre and allow residents to socialise safely during the recovery period. Covid-19 has had a significant impact on Cardiff’s economy. The UK and Welsh Government lockdowns required the vast majority of ...

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Inclusive Economy Charter – Stevenage Borough Council

6th October, 2020 / Andrew

As part of recovery efforts, Stevenage Borough Council established a charter for the town to drive pledges from public, private and voluntary sector partners to rebuild the local economy, putting residents and local enterprises at the heart of recovery planning. The Council had passed a motion at the end of 2019 to drive forward a ...

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Resurgam: Local Economic Plan for Recovery – Plymouth City Council

6th October, 2020 / Andrew

Resurgam is the city’s response to the lockdown and its economic impact, developed in collaboration with local business. Plymouth is ranked as the 64th most deprived local authority out of 317 Local Authority districts (2019 Index of Multiple Deprivation). For people in some of the most deprived wards, Covid-19 places them in an increasingly uncertain ...

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Developing a Circular Economy in Kirklees – Kirklees Council

6th October, 2020 / Andrew

Kirklees Council is working with Leeds University to identify and engage local manufacturers with particular potential for circular economy innovations, leading to a more resilient and sustainable local economy, creation of new jobs and better environmental outcomes. Kirklees has suffered the health and economic impacts of the pandemic in a similar manner to neighbouring districts. ...

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Providing Support to Glasgow’s Social Enterprise Sector – Glasgow City Council

6th October, 2020 / Andrew

Funding and strategy to help the sector recover from the effects of the pandemic. Glasgow City Council published A Social Enterprise Strategy for Glasgow in the summer of 2018 – including an annual grant fund, the Co-operative and Social Enterprise Fund (CSEF), to assist with the growth, diversification and support of the sector. In response ...

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