Community spaces are everybody’s business

12 November 2019

Do you have ideas that will grow the trading activities of the community space you manage and help generate a more sustainable income?


Apply for loans of up to £50,000 (interest-free for up to five years) from the Co-op Foundation’s Community Spaces Fund, to help your organisation boost its income.


The business ideas must be viable and benefit the whole community, particularly those facing greater challenges. Depending on the local needs you are addressing, the Foundation might also be able to offer some grant funding alongside a loan to support your work.

Find out more

Prepare for Brexit

02 October 2019

The Government has launched an online tool to help businesses and organisations prepare for Brexit. You can use this tool to find out; what your business or organisation may need to do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU, what’s changing in your industry, and information on specific rules and regulations such as:

  • employing EU citizens

  • importing, exporting and transporting

  • operating in the EU 

  • regulation and standards for goods and products

  • using personal data

  • European and domestic funding

  • intellectual property

  • energy and climate

  • public sector procurement.

Prepare your business for Brexit free tool []

Start up support for women

29 October 2019

Access funding and supplementary support to help start your business. As part of their pledge to inspire 400,000 female-led business by 2025, NatWest has teamed up with, to launch the ‘Back Her Business’ initiative, and help you raise the money you need to get your ideas off the ground. 


Get free coaching, mentoring and opportunities to meet like-minded women.
What’s more, NatWest is also offering up to 50% of your fundraising target (max. £5,000) in grant funding for certain successful projects.

Find out more

Get involved in the future of Thamesmead and Abbey Wood

02 October 2019

The Mayor of London is preparing a framework for the Thamesmead and Abbey Wood Opportunity Area.  Give your views on the potential for the area to accommodate more homes and jobs – what would you like to see in your local area?

Thamesmead & Abbey Wood is one of the largest opportunity areas in London, with the potential for 8,000 homes and 4,000 jobs – and with transport improvements this could be even more. The plans will show how growth in this area benefits local people, the economy and environment - and could be supported by new transport connections. For example, a new bus transit or an extension to the Docklands Light Railway (DLR)

We would love to hear from you and invite you to take part in a short survey.  If you haven’t got time to fill out a questionnaire, please drop a pin on our map and tell us quickly what you think.  You can drop as many pins as you like.

Applications are open to Alzheimer’s Society’s Accelerator Programme

29 October 2019

The Innovation Team at Alzheimer’s Society (AS) is committed to creating innovative solutions to tackle challenges, working together with people affected by dementia.

As well as hearing people’s ideas through the Innovation Hub, AS works with enthusiastic innovators through its Accelerator Programme.

Last year AS invested in two promising projects bringing creative solutions to challenges that people with dementia face around hydration as well as completing tasks or remembering activities.

A new call for applications is now underway. AS is offering bespoke business support and investment up to a value of £100,000, along with a 12-month partnership.

Applications are open to innovators, engineers, designers, developers, entrepreneurs and anyone with a great idea. The deadline is 7 November.

Find out more by visiting the Innovation Hub at

Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

02 October 2019

Full fibre broadband connections offer the fastest and most reliable speeds available, and the government is committed to a vision of a full fibre Britain. As part of this commitment in March 2018, we announced our £67m Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme. 

Gigabit vouchers can be used by small businesses and the local communities surrounding them to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit-capable connection. Businesses can claim up to £2,500 against the cost of connection either individually or as part of a group project. Residents can benefit from the scheme with a voucher worth £500 as part of a group project. 

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