In2017, Power to Change invested £1 million into Braunstone, through a five-year programme called Empowering Places. B inspired acted as the catalyst for Braunstone to become a community business-led economy, where local people could create their own solutions to tackle some of the most difficult issues faced by their community. They would feel strong and supported by a partnership that has developed and built local infra-structure.
In carrying out this programme, B-inspired have worked with local people, through an inclusive approach that enables everyone who wants to help Braunstone flourish; from community groups to private businesses. The intended outcome from this project was to have grown existing community businesses in Braunstone and created up to 5 new ones. The aim was to provide a self-supporting cluster of community businesses, offering a range of goods and services that local people can afford.
After consultation with the community, B-inspired supported the creation of 3 new community businesses; Preloved@45 Community Shop, Parkside Community Café and Penalty Box Social Bar. In addition they supported 2 other local community groups to become community businesses: ER Dance and Fitness CIC and FSD Football Academy CIC.
The businesses exist as Community Interest Companies, run by local people, who exist in their own right. The idea is that B-Inspired support them to become totally independent entities, over the coming year. It is intended that the profits from these businesses go back into the local community, through community-led initiatives.