Sutton Community Farm in London The Community Shares Booster programme is set to re-launch in the new year, helping fledgling community businesses with support and match funding. The £3m injection into the programme will support groups in England seeking to launch community share offers, with a business development support grant of up to £10,000 and up to £100,000 match funding once their share offer goes live. The Community Shares Booster programme began in 2016 and supported 15 businesses, including Sutton Community Farm in London and Leeds Community Homes. It helped restore Stretford public hall in Manchester and a Victorian railway pier in Suffolk. The first grants and equity investments will be available from early 2018 as part of a five year programme, delivered by the Community Shares Unit, a joint initiative between Co-operatives UK and Locality and funded by Power to Change. Simon Borkin, programme lead … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Clare Goff
Clare Goff is editor of New Start magazine