This innovative social enterprise empowers individuals and strengthens communities, by realising the social potential of surplus food. Members can shop for good food at great prices and gain access to professional, personal development programmes, to kick-start positive change in their own lives. With initial stores in South Yorkshire and Lambeth, demand was growing from other communities who could see the value. I was hired to talk to stakeholders, potential funders and recommend how funding for investment could be secured.

Inevitably the funding landscape is confusing and littered with pitfalls. Using my network and reputation, together with my inquisitive and challenging nature, I identified new opportunities. The funding world is changing fast and yesterday’s strategy rarely works in today’s world.

 www.community-shop.co.uk

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