Power to Change: The latest for community business

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As things continue to change and develop, we’ll be sending out all of the latest information and guidance for community business in these weekly newsletters. We will be sharing details on support you can access for your community business and inspiring stories demonstrating the community business response to the crisis, and how many have mobilised quickly to support their communities and stay safe.

Please share with those who may also benefit from this information.

Supporting the sector 

We’ve created dedicated COVID-19 pages on our website, updated regularly, where you can find all the support and information relevant to community business.
We’re working hard to understand how we can support grantees and the wider sector.
Support through COVID-19
Government guidance and support 

We are speaking directly to national and local government, and digesting their support measures to signpost you to the ones relevant for community business.
This blog, by our Policy Manager Tom Hamilton-Shaw, will be updated regularly.
Government support and guidance
Webinar: Managing your community business during the COVID-19 crisis 

Join us and Locality for this webinar full of practical advice about HR, producing weekly cashflows, other financial tips, talking to funders, as well as providing an update on government support schemes. 
Register here
Online peer-to-peer support for community business leaders 
The Community Business COVID-19 Mutual Aidnetwork is run by and for community-led businesses in the UK. It is about solidarity, inspiration and practical peer support during COVID-19 and beyond, including a weekly Zoom call every Tuesday at 11.30am hosted by community businesses.

Assessing the impact of COVID-19 on the BAME community 

The Ubele Initiative is seeking responses from the BAME community on how the pandemic is impacting them. The deadline is Tuesday 31 March at MiddayThe initial survey already revealed that COVID-19 was already affecting the sector’s ability to function before the Government announced stringent measures last week. 
Join the mutual aid group
Sector support
Social Enterprise UK has shared advice on its website and is hosting webinars for business support and planning. 

The Plunkett Foundation is updating its website with advice and guidance for community businesses, particularly for community shops who are experiencing high demand. 

Cooperatives UK is updating guidance regularly. They will also be hosting a free webinar with HR advisors on 31 March.

Businesses Under Development (BUD) has developed three online workshops for leaders of ‘positive change in business and community’ to equip, enable and empower.

Locality continues to update its members regularly on support available, furlough and volunteering. 

The Fore runs a network of individuals wanting to provide pro-bono support to small charities and social enterprises during this time, as well as becoming trustees.