Community Wealth Building

A resilient people-centred approach to local economic development, which redirects wealth back into the local economy, and places control and benefits into the hands of local people. Increasingly the community wealth building model is being utilised as an opportunity to meet our climate and environmental goals, bringing the needs of the community in line with the needs of our environment to build a new regenerative economy. 

The range of resources below are added to regularly to offer learning and concrete examples towards implementing community wealth building strategies where you are. Because community business and citizen participation in our economy are important pieces to the puzzle of how to building prosperity in our places, we have included them in our knowledge hub, alongside resources for the highly acclaimed doughnut economics model to compliment the toolbox for anyone wanting to build community wealth.

To find out more about social and environmental value in procurement and beyond read our conversation starter report here, where we explore how community wealth building might be used in the Devon context. Insights from our report will be useful to council officers, procurement staff, community wealth building practitioners and interested citizens beyond the Devon borders. 

See our 'knowledge hub' for more useful resouces:

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Video (3 min)

Video (3 min)

Short film by Hazel Sheffield about 'The Preston Model'. Features interviews with Mathew Brown from Preston City Council and Ted Howard from the 'Democracy Collaborative'.

Infographic 'The Preston Model'

Infographic 'The Preston Model'

The 'Next System Project's' infographic. The “Preston Model” is helping inspire a new conversation about the role of local government in catalyzing locally-driven economic revitalization and transforming patterns of ownership towards democratic alternatives.

Video (2 min)

Video (2 min)

Why we need community wealth building and five ways to do it from CLES

Eight Basic Principles of Community Wealth Building

Eight Basic Principles of Community Wealth Building

Based on Ted Howard’s remarks to the Alternative Models of Ownership conference, The Democracy Collaborative in US, the initiators of the 'Community Wealth Building' concept, have distilled the eight basic principles behind community wealth building—a transformative approach to local economic development—into this handy one page guide.

Video (20 min)

Video (20 min)

Democracy Collaborative's Executive Director Ted Howard talks about community wealth building and cooperative ownership

Profit With a Purpose report

Profit With a Purpose report

The 'Profit with a purpose' report, from Local Government Association, focuses on some of the practicalities of how councils can deliver social value through their commercial activity.

Article by Hazel Sheffield

Article by Hazel Sheffield

The Preston model: UK takes lessons in recovery from rust-belt Cleveland. Find Hazel Sheffield on twitter @hazelsheffield Photograph: Christopher Thomond/The Guardian

Article by Jules Peck

Article by Jules Peck

Building community wealth in the banking sector. The author of this article, Jules Peck, is Founding Director of Avon Mutual, Founder of theReal Economy Lab, a Research Fellow on the future of the economy at the Democracy Collaborative's Next System Project, a Board member of New Economics Foundation, an Advisor to The B Team,a Director of Bristol-based Happy City and a Fellow of the RSA.

Video (9 mins)

Video (9 mins)

SW Mutual director and economist Tony Greenham answers: 1) What could the Bank of England and Treasury do to make it easier for organisations like South West Mutual to set up a regional bank? (Inspired by the recent Tragedy of Growth report from Positive Money.) 2) How does ethical finance differ on a local scale to a national or global scale? 3) With cash reportedly falling out of popularity, how might this impact rural economies, and what can we do to either adapt to or mitigate this impact?

video (15 min)

video (15 min)

Whats happening in Preston in 15 minutes

Plymouth Social Value Policy

Plymouth Social Value Policy

Plymouth City Council has agreed a new policy to improve quality of life in Plymouth by ensuring all future purchasing contracts have a ‘social value’ element.

Building wealth in Plymouth

Building wealth in Plymouth

Nudge community Builders in Plymouth are part of what puts Devon on the New Economic Foundation's Community Wealth Building map. Find out about how they were supported to buy 'The Clipper' and more

Anchor strategies by Local Spark Torbay

Anchor strategies by Local Spark Torbay

Unlocking potential through local employment and procurement in Torbay

Torbay Wealth Building Programme

Torbay Wealth Building Programme

Ambitious recovery plan to drive wealth building in Torbay. The Wealth Building Programme works towards encouraging Torbay’s larger companies and anchor institutions to invest more in the local economy. This will build on the community cohesion evident during lockdown and amplify the Keep It Local initiative.

Teignbridge DC Responsible Procurement Strategy

Teignbridge DC Responsible Procurement Strategy

Working with the other district, borough and city councils of Devon, Teignbridge District Council have introduced a Devon districts procurement strategy, which sets out thier joint approach to the four key themes of: making savings/ addressing financial pressures supporting local economies leadership modernising procurement In addition, everything in this strategy will focus on the overall outcome of greater collaboration.

Guidance for suppliers Teignbridge District Council

Guidance for suppliers Teignbridge District Council

Responsible Procurement Guidance for suppliers Teignbridge District Council.

devon procurement

devon procurement

Devon Districts Procurement Strategy 2019-2022

Community Right to Challenge

Community Right to Challenge

The Right to Challenge empowers community organisations, charities or Town/Parish Councils to bid to run council services, where they believe they can run them better. Find out more from Teignbridge District Council about community right to challenge and a link to government guidence on how it works

Article by Richard Dawson

Article by Richard Dawson

Sunderland regeneration schemes add £12.4 million into the economy. Article in North East Times magasine July 2020

Video presentation (25 mins)

Video presentation (25 mins)

Presentation by Julian Manley who outlines how a cooperative city benefits by focus on the spend of anchor institutions and promoting local enterprises. Julian worked with Cllr Matthew Brown, Leader of Preston City Council, and other stakeholders since 2012 in developing the ‘Preston Model’. He describes how Preston is going local / regenerating by keeping wealth created in the city. An event by Transition Edinburgh and the Scottish Communities Climate Action Network

Cornwall Social Value Policy

Cornwall Social Value Policy

Cornwall Council's social value policy 2018

Social Value Act guide

Social Value Act guide

An introductory guide to the Public Services (Social Value Act) 2012 for commissioners and policymakers.

Cornwall Councils decision making tool

Cornwall Councils decision making tool

Cornwall councils new tool, a decision-making wheel, is based on the Kate Raworth Doughnut Economics model

Becoming a cooperative city council

Becoming a cooperative city council

Cooperative Councils Innovation Network: Becoming a brilliant co-operative council – Plymouth City Council

Devon & Cornwall Procurement Partnership

Devon & Cornwall Procurement Partnership

The Devon & Cornwall Procurement Partnership purpose, members and activity

SW Procurement Portal

SW Procurement Portal

The South West Procurement Portal provides a user friendly, intuitive process to advertise all open tenders and quotation opportunities for councils in the South West. The procurement portal is FREE to join for businesses. Businesses can register on their website.

What is Preston City Council doing?

What is Preston City Council doing?

Community Wealth Building in action

(video 1 hour)

(video 1 hour)

This panel discusses the challenges & the opportunities from community wealth building in this moment & what can be done to truly change our system starting in our communities. Sarah McKinley is the Director for European Programs for The Democracy Collaborative &the European Representative for the Next System Project. Jules Peck is a Founder Director of Avon Mutual, a Community Bank, Founding Partner at strategy consulting firm Jericho Chambers, and a Research Fellow at the Democracy Collab...

Video (1 min)

Video (1 min)

New Local, customer owned, banking

CSBA savings and loans

CSBA savings and loans

What sort of banking is regional cooperative banking?

The role of cooperatives

The role of cooperatives

Policy briefing from cooperatives UK. The role of co-operatives in community wealth building

Video (15 mins)

Video (15 mins)

The Cleveland Model & Employee Ownership. This session explores a two-pronged approach to increasing Employee Ownership by outlining economic development strategies rooted in anchor partnerships, how we can use impact investing to acquire small and medium sized companies, convert them to employee-owned and then support them in Cleveland's Evergreen network. We'll also explore how to create policy frameworks that encourage public and private sector spending with employee-owned companies.

12 Steps to Embedding Social Value Priorities in Health and Care Commissioning

12 Steps to Embedding Social Value Priorities in Health and Care Commissioning

Social Enterprise UK have put together a 12 step approach for commissioners looking to make the most of social value in health and care commissioning. The 12 Steps expand build on the findings of the Health and Social Value Programme – a three-year programme bringing together local CCGs, local authorities, Health and Wellbeing Boards and VCSE organisations in 12 areas across England.

PCDN Strategy Preston City Council

PCDN Strategy Preston City Council

The Preston Co-operative Development Network strategy from Preston City Council. The PCDN aims to provide a network for worker-owned co-operatives to take root in the city, especially in economic gap areas identified by the Anchor Institutions.

Guide Realising the Potential of Social Enterprise

Guide Realising the Potential of Social Enterprise

This Social Enterprise UK guide is for people working in local authorities who are interested in social enterprise: council leaders, senior managers, directors of services, commissioners, heads of procurement, or those with responsibility for economic development. It explains what social enterprise is, how social enterprises can help meet a local authority’s strategic objectives, and gives practical advice on how local authorities can best work with them.

Building an inclusive economy through community business

Building an inclusive economy through community business

Research from Power to Change and CLES. How community businesses can support the development of more inclusive economies in deprived areas. Using three case studies (north Hull, west Smethwick, and south Liverpool).

Strategy brochure

Strategy brochure

North Ayshire Council Community Wealth Building Strategy 2020-2025. The first of its kind in Scotland – sets out ambitions to become a Community Wealth Building Council.

Health institutions as anchors

Health institutions as anchors

This report from the Centre for Local Economic Strategies and The Democracy Collaborative considers health institutions as anchors within the context of a broader community wealth building approach.

A framework for new local economic practice in the era of Covid-19

A framework for new local economic practice in the era of Covid-19

This paper from CLES is for local authority politicians, senior officers and economic development professionals responding to the local economic shock of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Procurement Tools

Procurement Tools

Health and Social care procurement tools from Local Government Association

Procuring for Good PowerPoint from SEUK

Procuring for Good PowerPoint from SEUK

In Procuring for Good, findings from Freedom of Information requests sent to all local authorities in England show that more councils than ever are considering social value when commissioning services: 1 in 3 (33%) now routinely consider social value in their procurement and commissioning, and 1 in 4 (24%) have a social value policy.

Themes, Outcomes and Measures (TOMs) framework

Themes, Outcomes and Measures (TOMs) framework

The National TOMS Framework has been designed to help organisations in four principal business activities. They are not exclusive to public sector organisations and may be used by public, private or third sector providers. They include: 1. Measurement and Valuation. 2. Procurement and Bid Management. 3. Bid Submissions. 4. Contract Management.

South West Food Hub

South West Food Hub

The South West Food Hub is supporting the region’s food network to buy local and establish shorter and more sustainable supply chains. We work across the South West’s food sector, focusing primarily on public procurement.

Our Future - Food Framework

Our Future - Food Framework

This framework from the 'Dynamic Food Procurement National Advisory Board' will address government policy in the following areas: • improve food security • improve transparency of provenance and accountability within food supply chains • improve performance on energy, waste, social and environmental factors of food production • reduce diet related disease burden • boost regional economies in every region of the UK • improve value and reduce cost for public purse

National Procurement Strategy

National Procurement Strategy

Local Government Association National Procurement Strategy and toolkit

Wellbeing Economy Governments

Wellbeing Economy Governments

The Wellbeing Economy Governments partnership (WEGo) is a collaboration of national and regional governments promoting sharing of expertise and transferrable policy practices. The aims are to deepen their understanding and advance their shared ambition of building wellbeing economies. WEGo, which currently comprises Scotland, New Zealand, Iceland, and Wales, is founded on the recognition that ‘development’ in the 21st century entails delivering human and ecological wellbeing.

Tell us if you think something is missing or you have a case study you would like to share with us.

The five community wealth building principles that underpin the UK context:

  • Plural ownership of the economy

  • Making financial power work for local places

  • Fair employment and just labour markets

  • Progressive procurement of goods and services

  • Socially productive use of land and property

Lets dive in!