Date and time

Wednesday 11 April, 2018



The Foundation

St Georges Rd



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About this event

This event is now fully booked.

If you have any queries, please contact Paul Hassan on

This 3-hour interactive workshop will explore the impact of strategic Community Asset Transfer (CAT) alongside commissioning and procurement practice.

We will discuss how this progressive approach to the investment in the capacity of community anchor organisations and enterprises to deliver on social and economic impact can make a significant and impactful contribution to a more inclusive local economy.

We will launch our guide and toolkit at this workshop and all participants will receive a complimentary copy: Keep it Local for Economic Resilience: A Guide for Community Organisations produced in partnership with New Economics Foundation and funded by Friends Provident.

This guide will help organisations address one of the key barriers to local commissioning our research identified – the scepticism in some local authorities about the capacity of local organisations to take on commissioning opportunities, and lack of clarity about the additional social value community organisations often deliver.

We will showcase an approach to measuring local economic impact, which identifies key indicators for a resilient economy and provides resources for how each one can be measured.

This workshop will be led by Locality supported by Triodos Bank (UK)

We will cover the following:

  • The role of Community Asset Transfer in delivering inclusive growth.
  • Investing in Community Asset Transfer – options and routes
  • New approaches to Commissioning – pathways to economic resilience
  • Investing in community capacity – strategic funds and business engagement
  • The Cooperative Council model –“normal service will not be resumed”


Through Locality’s  Keep it Local campaign, we have been working with six local authorities including Bristol City Council, and numerous Community Anchor organisations to look at the ways in which commissioning and strategic asset transfer can create more responsive public services that reduce costs, invest in the local economy and build stronger communities.

Our most recent report as part of this work, Powerful Communities, Strong Economies, demonstrates that an approach to commissioning and CAT which seeks to maximise the potential of community organisations builds local economic resilience by keeping procurement spend circling around the local economy.


The Foundation

St Georges Rd