Co-operative Assistance Network Limited

Community Businesses


A Community Business is a locally based enterprise, led by local people to meet a local need. Its governing document does not allow it to be used for private profit so that surpluses are reinvested locally, even on dissolution. A bona fide Community Business also aims to be commercially viable without relying on grants and donations.

Community Businesses usually fall into one of 5 distinct types:

  • Business rescue, including community pubs or shops
  • Community start-ups – local small businesses with a clear social purpose
  • Cross-subsidisers, where profits from a commercial enterprise are used to support a project with a social mission
  • Local clubs and organisations with few assets that organise regular local activities
  • Public asset managers, such as community-run libraries or leisure centres.

CAN understands the support needs of Community Businesses at all stages of development, including pre-start, start-up, and growth.

Over the years, CAN has worked with a number of such Community Businesses, including:

Services that we have delivered to Community Businesses include:

Our Community Businesses trade sector lead worker is Austen Cordasco.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Co-operative Assistance Network Limited

is a registered society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014

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