Sharing or Donating Premises/InfrastructureSharing or donating spare space/infrastructure is a very easy, very straightforward form of community business partnership.
Community groups are often looking for space either to establish a base, store goods or just to meet instead of gathering in someone's lounge room (which comes with distractions and can make meetings less effective than they should be).
This arrangement can offer benefits to both community and business groups.
For a community group it means a low-cost or no-cost new facility.
For a business, it is good use of spare space and the possibility of an alternate income stream, as well as providing a higher profile (if it is sharing space with a much-visited community group), and a reputation for supporting the community.
Another form of partnership under this model is the sharing or donation of infrastructure. This can occur when there is a piece of infrastructure that can be used to the common benefit - for example, a newsletter put out by the business or by the community group that can be used to cross-promote the partnership and the community business partner.
Examples of sharing premises/infrastructure:
Planning discussions should cover:
A partnership between Bakers Delight and the Breast Cancer Network Australia began this way a few years ago, and has now grown to include all sorts of other components and co-operative work.