Liverpool celebrates Community Business Weekend

A CARNIVAL parade, workshops, film screenings, food tasting and craft sessions are just some of the activities on offer across Liverpool this weekend as the city celebrates Community Business Weekend (May 16-19).

Community-run projects across the city will be throwing open their doors and showing what they can do as part of the annual awareness event.

Festivities for the whole family to enjoy over the course of the four-day celebration include:

  • Squash on Windsor Street, L8 will be kicking off the celebrations with a free exhibition displaying portraits from acclaimed photographer Tricia Porter whose portraits contrast Liverpudlian life in the 1970s and modern day. They’ll also be co-hosting the Windsor Street party with their neighbouring community organizations for the Liverpool Light Night celebrations on Friday 17th May and to close the weekend celebrations they will have a film screening of Hands On: Women, Climate, Change on Sunday 19th
  • Homebaked in Anfield are inviting people to sample their world-famous, award-winning pies and take a ‘walk down memory lane’ with their volunteers – who will take a walking tour of Oakfield Road documenting the areas rich and hidden history.
  • Kitty’s Launderette a new commercial launderette and social space opens in Everton in time for Community Business Weekend. The official opening will take place on Saturday 18th May with an exciting programme of social activities including live music, children’s story time, games and of course, laundry.
  • Lister Steps The Old Library on Green Lane are inviting people to pop in, have a cup of tea and a slice of cake over the course of the weekend. Children can take part in free arts and craft activities while parents learn more about what’s happening in the area.
  • Rotunda Garden Bistro in Kirkdale are welcoming people in to enjoy their scrumptious breakfast and lunch menus over the course of Community Business Weekend. 

Community Business Weekend is run by independent trust Power to Change to highlight the power of England’s 8,000 community run businesses and raise awareness of the growing sector.

Last year, more than 17,000 people visited 225 community businesses over the course of the national event – before going on to join the movement and get involved.

A full list of activities taking place across the city can be found by searching the map at www.communitybusinessweekend.org

Speaking about the programme of events, Squash Co-Founder Clare Owens said: “We can’t wait to take part in what’s become a really important event for us. Community businesses are a growing sector, not just here in Liverpool but across the wider UK too.

“We’re really looking forward to having the opportunity to show more people what we do and how they can use our services or get involved. Above all we want people to pop in and have fun- with some good food and drink thrown in too.”

Speaking about plans for this year’s weekend, Power to Change CEO, Vidhya Alakeson, said it was a great way to celebrate amazing projects transforming communities across England.

“Community Business Weekend is an amazing way to both celebrate and uncover the skills that can bring vibrancy and economic growth to local areas. The beauty of community business is that anyone can get involved, from setting one up, to becoming a shareholder, trustee, volunteer, employee or valued customer.  One of our core priorities at Power to Change is to help communities to harness the skills, leadership and entrepreneurialism that already exist at the local level.”

For more information about Community Business Weekend visit: www.communitybusinessweekend.org