The guide for parish, town and community councillors sets out the principles of what a community business is and help local (parish and town) councils to consider whether this form of business could be appropriate in their community.
The publication contains 12 sections and aims to help councillors learn about the development stages of a community business, consider their role and that of the local council and learn from examples of where collaboration has succeeded in other areas. Seven case studies of local councils are also included along with a resource list of useful websites, to facilitate further learning about this form of business.
Community businesses are locally rooted, community-led, trade for community benefit and make life better for local people. There are 9,000 community businesses across England employing 33,600 people with assets of £890m. From pubs to libraries; shops to bakeries; swimming pools to solar farms; community businesses are creating great products and services, providing employment and training and transforming lives.