Three local businesses reach the finals of M&S Community business challenge

Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust, Redcatch Community Garden and Windmill Hill City Farm are among seven businesses in line for skills support and a cash grant of up to £10,000 after reaching the final of the Bristol leg of the M&S Community Business Challenge.

Bristol is the third city in England to host the M&S Community Business Challenge, which seeks to find inspiring businesses that are run by local people and provide clear benefits to their communities.

Over the coming weeks seven finalists will be encouraged to garner support across social media ahead of presenting their business plans at a showcase event on 3rd October, where the size of their grant and the nature of the business skills support will be confirmed. Members of the public can show their support for each community business by filling in the form at or by naming the community business alongside #CBChallenge on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

The event will see each business pitch to a panel of judges from M&S. Power to Change has also produced a series of short films about the community businesses, which can be watched here.

The event is open to the public and is free to attend, but spaces are limited. Anyone interested should sign up on Eventbrite here: