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Convention '23

Meet our Supporters and Exhibitors

With the help of our supporters and exhibitors, we are continuing to fulfil our mission to support local community organisations to be strong and successful.

At NatWest, we aim to make a positive social impact in the communities where we live and work. We have a specialist Community Finance and Social Enterprise team that runs programmes and partnerships promoting community businesses across the UK.

NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland and Ulster Bank are the only banks to have an independent charity, Social and Community Capital. It lends to viable social enterprises that cannot access mainstream borrowing.

NatWest Social & Community Capital is proud to support this year’s Locality conference in Bristol. We’ll be running a workshop on Energy Efficiency and will be available throughout the conference to answer any of your questions relating to funding for charities or energy efficiency

Website: www.natwest.com/business/loans-and-finance/social-and-community-capital.html

Twitter: @SocComCap

NatWest

The National Lottery Community Fund are the largest funder of community activity in the UK. They award money raised by National Lottery players to communities to create a positive impact and make a difference to people’s lives.

They have recently launched their new strategy, It starts with community, where their aim is to distribute at least a further £4 billion by 2030 to support activities that create resilient communities that are more inclusive and environmentally sustainable.

Website: www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/

Twitter: @TNLComFund

National Lottery Community Fund

We know community businesses strengthen local communities and we’re here to back them whatever the challenge. With our partners, we dismantle barriers, unlock funding and support, amplify innovative practice, and make the case for change.

We are grounded in community business. With them we test, learn and share. And together we create the conditions in which they can thrive.

Website: powertochange.org.uk

Twitter: @peoplesbiz

Power to change logo

We’re an independent charitable foundation funded by Lloyds Banking Group. We work in partnership with small and local charities, people and communities, changing lives and working towards a more just and compassionate society.

Website: lloydsbankfoundation.org.uk

Twitter: @LBFEW

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales

Charity Bank is the loans and savings bank owned by and committed to supporting the community sector.

Since 2002, Charity Bank has made more than 1,200 loans totalling over £450m to housing, education, social care, community and other social purpose organisations.

Its UK wide network of regional managers have a detailed understanding of the unique requirements of social sector organisations.

Charity Bank aims to use its expertise, commitment and flexible approach to lending, to help charities and social enterprises get the support and funding they need.

Website: www.charitybank.org

Twitter:
@CharityBank

Charity Bank

Anthony Collins Solicitors is a national sector specialist law firm with a clear purpose; to improve lives, communities and society.

For 50 years we have successfully combined market-leading expertise in health and social care, education, housing, charities, local government and social business with a commitment to excellence underpinned by a strong set of values.

Website: www.anthonycollins.com

Twitter:
@ACSLLP

Anthony Collins

Key Fund is a team of like-minded individuals dedicated to supporting new enterprises, creating new jobs, and reinvigorating communities offering social investment to the North and the Midlands.

We take pride in our relationship-based approach, with us you can do business and do good. We give loans and grants to enterprises that make a positive impact, tackling social issues in the heart of their communities.

Website: thekeyfund.co.uk

Twitter: @KeyFund

Key Fund

Ubele [oo-beh-leh] is taken from Swahili meaning ‘the future’. The Ubele Initiative was founded in 2014, following a series of dialogue sessions with African Diaspora leaders, to find effective solutions to persistent social and economic issues in the UK. We support the growth of individuals and community-based groups and organisations through intergenerational leadership initiatives, capacity support, enterprise, and asset development.

Community-rooted and collaborative in character, Ubele began to serve its purpose - building a sustainable and resilient future for our communities. We are proud to be intergenerational Intergenerational practice runs like a golden thread through our work. We value what each generation can contribute and create opportunities for intergenerational dialogue. We pass to younger generations cultural values and traditions of the African Diaspora community and we work with young emerging leaders aged 18+ to find their voice and assume leadership roles.

Website: www.ubele.org/

Twitter: @ubeleinitiative

Ubele

Endsleigh is part of the Howden group, the world’s largest independent retail broker network, with almost 60 years’ experience within the education sector and 30 years providing bespoke solutions for charities and not-for-profit organisations.

As part of Howden, Endsleigh has access to market leading products and insurers. And while Endsleigh’s specialists have an in depth understanding of the charity and not-for-profit community, the company goes beyond broking, offering services that meet the ever-evolving needs of this unique sector, from insurance and risk management to protection against cyber fraud.

website: www.endsleigh.co.uk

Twitter: @Endsleigh

Endsleigh insurance

The Community Shares Unit provides advice, guidance and data on all thing’s community shares. We run the Booster Fund which provides business support, development grants and matched equity investment into community share offers. We train practitioners and oversee market standards through our community shares Standard Mark.

Website: www.uk.coop/support-your-co-op/community-shares

Twitter: @ComShares

Community Shares Unit

Good Finance is a collaborative project to help improve access to information on social investment for charities and social enterprises. Our mission is to be the single trusted source of information on social investment by improving knowledge, enabling organisations to make informed decisions and making connections.

Website:
www.goodfinance.org.uk

Twitter: @GoodFinanceUK

Good Finance

At Ecology Building Society, we specialise in providing mortgages for charities, voluntary organisations and community groups that support the environment or deliver benefits to local communities, as we appreciate that these organisations have a vital role to play in protecting the environment and building sustainable communities. Our lending also supports the creation of intentional community-led housing communities, via the construction of energy efficient new homes and renovation projects including poor quality, derelict, empty properties.

Website:
www.ecology.co.uk

Twitter: @EcologyBS

Ecology Building Society

We have worked with hundreds of charity organisations over the last two decades to keep their IT running smoothly.

We understand the challenges that not-for-profits face and that’s why we provide you with a best practice tailored to your organisation specifically. We will help your charity cut costs when it comes to IT by creating flexible and bespoke packages.

Specialising in the third sector for over 20 years, we use our extensive experience to deliver you the best IT service and consultancy at highly incentivised prices. Emphasising our belief in providing recognised IT services to not-for-profits.

Your charity doesn’t need to master your own IT systems. You need a partner you can trust to do it all for you. We’re on hand to proactively optimise, troubleshoot and make your IT issues go away. We’re your partners, make your IT Qlic!

Website:
www.qlicit.com/

Twitter: @Qlic_IT

Qlic IT

As one of the leading specialist practices outside London, Wrigleys has embraced the modern era while upholding the traditions and beliefs which have marked the firm out as distinct from its peers in a crowded legal market.

We are recognised as experts in our specialist areas and give practical, common sense, and technically excellent advice to our clients with whom we form valued long-term relationships.

Website: www.wrigleys.co.uk

Twitter: @Wrigleys_Law

Wrigleys

Utility Aid is the UK’s largest energy broker for the not-for-profit sector. We are passionate about helping our customers become greener, save time, and save money on their energy provision.

Website: utility-aid.co.uk/

Twitter: @UA_Energy

Utility Aid

Eden Project Communities brings people together, supporting and empowering them to make positive changes where they live, through The Big Lunch, their Introduction to Community Action course and a Network, which connects and supports community-minded people right across the UK. This year, their Winter Warmer campaign will also give communities lots of ways to connect over the colder months.

Working with organisations and charities to encourage and support community action is key to the Eden Project Communities programme, so they are delighted to once again be part of the Locality Convention.

www.edenprojectcommunities.com/

@edencommunities

Eden Project Communities

We’re a charity (founded in 1979) supporting people and organisations across the UK to tackle the climate emergency and end the suffering caused by cold homes.

We collaborate with communities to help them take local action on the climate emergency – anything from sharing an electric car to setting up a renewable energy social enterprise.

www.cse.org.uk

@HelloCSE

Centre for Sustainable Energy

Nuclear Waste Services (NWS) is focused on managing the UK’s nuclear waste safely and securely by finding a suitable site and willing community to host the UK’s first Geological Disposal Facility (GDF).

This Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project will create and sustain thousands of jobs for generations and will deliver significant investment for the local community

Website: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/nuclear-waste-services

Twitter: @Nuclear_WS

Nuclear Waste Services

Discover Th!NK FC: Bridging the gap creatively! We empower all with business tools and resources. Join our mission to level the playing field.

Visit our stand to explore innovative solutions for community empowerment. Let's create a more inclusive and prosperous future together.

Website: www.thinkfc.org.uk

Twitter: @THINKFCCIC

Think FC

Drop in on the Fun Palaces team and share (or discover) your secret skill. Show off what you love, learn something new and tell us about the brilliance in your neighborhood.

Find out about our campaign for everyone to create, shape and share the culture they care about. And how you can make your own Fun Palace.

Website: funpalaces.co.uk

Twitter: @FunPalaces

Fun Palaces

The We’re Right Here campaign aims to shift power to communities so that local people can exercise more control over the decisions which shape their places and futures. It is led by a team of community leaders from across the UK and driven by a group of organisations which includes Locality.

Website: righthere.org

Twitter: @right_hereUK

We're Right Here

Our vision is for a future without the need for food banks. We support a nationwide network of food banks and together we provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaign for change to end the need for food banks in the UK.

Website: www.trusselltrust.org

Twitter: @trusselltrust

Trussell Trust

The Energy Action Group helps Locality members manage their utility challenges across Billing, VAT, Contracts and Renewals, Smart Metering, Renewables and Exports, Connections, Disconnections, Energy Reporting, Audits and Energy Efficiency. We’re here to assist you achieve your Utility objectives.

Please visit our stand or get in touch.

Website
www.eaguk.org

Energy Action Group