Every centre is part of the ‘CEC Network’.
What makes a CEC?
1 It has a solutions focus- for people and planet
2 It is local and inclusive- focused on meeting community needs
3 It is an active part of a wider network- for mutual support and cooperation
The project self-funds by using a business model that enables owners of currently vacant business premises to reduce their Business Rates payments by up to 100% through ‘meanwhile leasing’ the property for community benefit to a not for profit / charitable organisation (the CEC). This means the project can acquire a vacant property to use to generate income through activities that meet local community needs in a sustainable way.
In addition, the property owner can build good relationships with the local community and the local Council through supporting a creative and positive sustainability initiative.