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This guide is designed to help community businesses better understand and engage with their local authority.

It includes guidance on how local councils function, how community businesses can articulate what they do, and how to communicate the special value they can add.

It will be useful to anyone involved in running a community business or to anyone working in a local a authority department that engages with community businesses.

What will I learn?

  • To understand what councils do, their structure and how they prioritise
  • How councils can help community businesses (physical space, permissions, funding and capacity)
  • How community businesses can help councils (plugging gaps, community wealth building, Reach into communities, resilience).

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