Awards sponsorship

The awards are made possible due to the support and sponsorship of a number of organisations

Watch our short video to see how award winners were celebrated last year

Partners

We are pleased to be delivering the 2019 Community Business Awards in partnership with Power to Change, an organisation we work closely with to create thriving and resilient rural communities through community business.

Power to Change is  an independent charitable trust that supports and develops community businesses in England. We with community businesses to revive local assets, protect the services people rely on, and address local needs. Our vision is to create better places through community business. We will use our endowment to strengthen community businesses across England. This means providing money, advice and support to help local people come together to take control. At a time when many parts of the country face cuts, neglect and social problems, we want to make sure local areas survive and stay vibrant.

Headline Sponsors

We are proud and delighted to be working once again with Hastoe Housing Association and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation who are key supporters and sponsors of the awards.

Established by the Sutton Dwellings Trust in 1962, Hastoe now owns and manages over 7,500 homes in over 70 local authority areas. Our homes are spread across the south of England from Norfolk down to Cornwall. After almost 30 years of supporting rural communities, we are the leading specialist rural housing association. We specialise in providing sustainable, affordable homes to enable local people to remain within their communities.

The awards are also being sponsored as part of a programme of work we are delivering for the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation which aims to inspire even more groups to take up the opportunity of community business.

Sponsors of individual awards

The following organisations are kindly sponsoring individual awards.

Investing in Local People

Suma is a wholefood collective founded in 1977 by a liberally-minded group of people who believed there was a better way, and actively set out to create it. Today we are stronger than ever. We deliver over 7000 vegetarian, natural, responsibly sourced products to businesses and communities across the UK and internationally. We are one of the largest co-operatives of our kind in Europe, working together to improve our society and support our suppliers and customers.

Community Story of the Year

Triodos Bank’s mission is to help create a society that protects and promotes quality of life and human dignity for all. Since 1980, our sustainable financial products have enabled individuals and organisations to use their money in ways that benefit people and the environment.

Diversifying to Make a Difference

As a lender and manager of funds, BCRS Business Loans is committed to providing viable SMEs with access to finance through dedicated Business Loan Funds. We provide loans from £10,000 to £150,000

Horace Plunkett Better Business Award

The Co-op is one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives, owned by millions of members. We’re the UK’s fifth biggest food retailer with more than 2,500 local, convenience and medium-sized stores. As well as having clear financial and operational objectives and employing nearly 70,000 people, we’re a recognised leader for our social goals and community-led programmes.

One to Watch

The Retail Mutual is dedicated to providing an alternative to traditional insurance for the independent retail community. We exist to help give you peace of mind and are passionate about protecting the independent retail businesses on our high streets.

People’s choice

Established by the Sutton Dwellings Trust in 1962, Hastoe now owns and manages over 7,500 homes in over 70 local authority areas. Our homes are spread across the south of England from Norfolk down to Cornwall. After almost 30 years of supporting rural communities, we are the leading specialist rural housing association. We specialise in providing sustainable, affordable homes to enable local people to remain within their communities.

Connecting the Community

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. We do this by funding the charitable work of organisations that are building an inclusive, creative and sustainable society. The Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK.