Is your community building enterprising?

29.01.18

We want to hear from you if you have brought more income to your community centre or hall in creative, enterprising ways. This might be through trying to attract new and different hirers like local businesses, public services, or wedding parties. Or maybe you have raised money by hiring out equipment or selling snacks and drinks. Have you thought about installing a smoothie bike..?

We need people to inspire and encourage the group of budding community entrepreneurs on our new Community Business Trade Up programme! Could you come and tell our students about your enterprise experiences; what worked for you, what pitfalls to avoid, what you’ve learnt for the future. These are one-hour sessions and we can pay for your time, along with your travel costs.

If you’re interested or would like to know more, please email Fergus Lyons or call him on 01962 857384. If you’re not sure what ‘community business’ is all about then the Power to Change website is a great place to start – at the homepage or go straight to their grants information.

For charitable halls and associations, bear in mind that any fundraising activities need to complement your core charitable purposes and not get in the way of these. In particular, make sure that charitable and community usage of your building isn’t crowded out by bookings for businesses, public services and the like. Check out our community buildings guidance to see how you can get help with this issue and much more besides.