• Community Buying?

    Community buying involves consumers combining their buying power to buy goods or services together, getting better deals and saving money.  Our Guide gives you practical information on how to set up and run a community buying group.  This is your space too, so feel free to chip in with your experiences and carry on the discussion on the moneysavingexpert forum.

  • The Buy Better Together Challenge

    Applications are now closed!

    Over 100 entries were received to the Buy Better Together Challenge – an exciting initiative to inspire new models of community buying. A £60,000 pot will go towards training and mentoring for stand out projects, including £15k for the overall winner.

  • Thank you to all of you that presented on Friday, and to the judges for all their time and energy – it really was a great opportunity to hear the ideas people have around community buying.

    We’ll be announcing the projects that will go through to the next round in the week commencing the 25th June.

    Good luck to all of them!

  • The Community Buying Blog (click for older posts)

    • Reflections on the Challenge

      Consumer Affairs Minister Norman Lamb met the Buy Better Together Challenge Judges – here are his reflections on the importance of the Challenge:     He was joined by David Button from co-sponsor Co-operatives UK who also spoke in support … Continue reading

    • Time to realise the full potential for community buying

      Maresa Bossano is a judge on the Buy Better Better Together Challenge and runs the Food Co-ops and Buying Groups strand of the Making Local Food Work programme. Previously, she worked as Five a Day co-ordinator for Hastings and Rother primary care … Continue reading

    • The value of Buying Better Together

      A post from Robin Murray, one of the Buy Better Together Challenge judges.  Robin is an industrial economist. Educated at Balliol College, Oxford, and the London School of Economics, he joined the London Business School, where he lectured in Economics, … Continue reading