Rural Community Hub Research E Survey

Introduction

Thank you for completing this E Survey. It forms part of a research project funded by the Power to Change Research Institute to better understand the size, scale, scope, potential growth and future pipeline of Community Businesses from amongst Community Buildings, Village Halls and Rural Community Hubs.

We have partnered with our sister organisation in Yorkshire to undertake parallel research covering North Yorkshire and Durham Dales and will be producing reports and delivering workshops to present our findings in the future.

Your answers will be anonymised in any reports / workshops.

* 1. Name

* 2. Organisation

* 3. Please select how you describe your organisation / group (you can select more than one)

* 4. What do you understand by the term "Community Business"?

It would be helpful for us to know a little detail about your organisation / group, please support your answers with some explanation in the spaces provided:

* 5. Is your organisation / group locally rooted in a particular geographical community and responding to it's needs?

* 6. Does your organisation / group trade for the benefit of the local community? Does the majority of your income come from things like renting out space in a building, trading as a cafe, selling produce or services, or generating energy?

* 7. Is your organisation / group accountable to the local community?

* 8. Does your organisation / group have broad community impact (benefit and impact upon the community as a whole)?

The four criteria set out above on Q's 3-6 - locally rooted, trading for the benefit of the local community, accountable to local community and broad community impact - are used to define a community business. Power to Change believe there are many types of community business, what they have in common is that they are accountable to their community and that the profits they generate deliver positive local impact.

* 9. Having read these criteria, would you now describe your organisation / group as a community business?

* 10. If no, do you think your organisation / group might be interested in exploring being a community business in the future?

* 11. Do you feel equipped to develop your organisation as a community business?

* 12. What are the key opportunities and challenges facing your organisation and how might these be overcome?

* 13. Do you feel your organisation is supported and well networked?

* 14. Which of the following types of support does your organisation / group most need? (Please select no more than three)

* 15. If you are happy to be contacted in the future, please include your contact details in the box below

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey
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