This is a big idea. Sadly we’re not artists so we can’t provide artistic renditions of what it would look like, you’ll have to use your imagination. For another example of what we’re suggesting please have a look at the Yongsan Line in Seoul, South Korea.

The national Active Travel Scheme is becoming more and more important these days. Our efforts for sustainable living are popping up here there and everywhere and lots of little wins often equate to a big win. However, sometimes we just need a big win on its own to jump-start a sometimes flagging initiative. …


The hospitality industry is fast approaching oblivion. COVID 19 is turning into the straw that will break the camel’s back, but it’s by no means the root cause of the problem. Any business owner in the hospitality industry is well aware of the causes of the problem, because those causes have been around for at least two decades if not longer, so there’s no need to go on about them.

It’s natural to focus more attention on the larger causes of the problem because solving them will reduce the strain more than solving smaller individual causes. However, it takes a lot more time and effort to solve the larger causes (business rates, premise rent, staff wages), so the problem is still around rearing its ugly head forcing businesses to close down. …


In such a time of instability a clever community will appreciate that there are many ways to skin a cat, and will realise that maybe it’s time to consider a new way when it comes to stabilising its economy.

Why do companies go out of business? Because they run out of money. What does a community need to be stable? Money. Fiscal resources are one of the cornerstones of a stable community, so how do we become fiscally stable?

Fiscal stability is not rocket science, it’s a very simple concept. We, as a community, need more money coming in than going out. …


Local businesses are hugely valuable and vital assets to any community. There is a very strong push at the moment for spending locally, and we wholeheartedly support the endeavour, but is there more we can do to the shop local process to keep a local economy fiscally sound and afloat?

Olivia lives in the BCP and is a huge advocate of the shop local movement. She believes that by buying from local businesses her local community will benefit, and to some degree she is right. What Olivia doesn’t think about is how the local business spends money.

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Where spending locally actually goes

For a local business to survive in the modern world it needs to engage a number of different systems and services from POS (Point of Sale) and inventory management, all the way to customer relations management, engagement, e-commerce and so on. The problem, as we can see from the diagram above, is that for 99.9% of local businesses, these required services are not provided by a local supplier. …


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The BCP

Around the world urban development has for the most part followed a centric model. From the smallest hamlet up to the largest metropolis, they all centred around a single point and grew outwards from there. In the UK the focal point was often the church, and as a place grew that focal point would the marketplace, which in turn would be replaced by the Central Business District (CBD).

The physical geography has always played a key role in determining both where settlements spring up as well as how they naturally expand. Settlements would almost always respect the physical geography of the local area and grow in directions that were easier and or cheaper. …


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If you’re trying to gain exposure for your business or organisation in a local market, one of the best ways to do that is on local platforms, and here are a few reasons why.

Specific vs. General

Global platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc. are completely general in their approach to discovery. Their algorithms, can be very effective when working with generic search terms, but they completely fail when dealing with the idiosyncrasies of local communities. …


If you’re not familiar with the term autarky it means to be self-sufficient, and for a community such as the BCP it’s a great proposition and goal to work towards.

When we talk about self-sufficiency, what we mean is economic stability and sustainability that we as a community control. There are inherent dangers for any community that relies on economic security from outside parties.

One of the largest, if not the largest, sources of revenue for the BCP is tourism, and when the weather is good it’s great. …


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What C.I.C. stands for

If you’ve not come across the term C.I.C. before it stands for ‘Community Interest Company’. The best way to describe a community interest company is to think of it as a hybrid taking parts from a traditional limited company and rounding that off with parts from a charity.

Community interest companies were introduced in 2005 under the Companies (Audit, Investigations, and Community Enterprise) Act 2004, and you can get a great understanding of them on the dedicated Wikipedia page.

Other names for a community interest company that you might recognise are social enterprise, and non-profit.

Why we chose this format

A lot of people are often quite surprised when they find out we’re a C.I.C, because at heart we’re a technology company, which is a huge profit-based industry. It seems bizarre, and we absolutely get that. Ironically, that’s the exact reason why we chose it. …


It’s all well and good having access to everything under the sun about the BCP in one place, but are you interested in all of it? Probably not, right? So how can you hide the things you don’t want to read, and just get your hands on the good stuff?

Sign up for free

Yes, another one of those, just sign up you’ll love it messages, but we’re 100% genuine about this one. As a registered member on Crimson News the experience is a million times better.

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Registered members have to pick the news they want for anything to appear

When you log in for the first time you’ll see the screenshot above asking you to pick the news you want to read. …


If you’ve had a quick peak at Crimson News then you might be wondering what the benefits of syndicating your content on our platform might be. So here’s a little breakdown of why we think it’s worth it.

Analytics

We don’t just display your content and forget about it, what would be the point? We keep track of some really useful statistics and analytics about every source we syndicate.

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Due to our 100% curation methodology, not everything that you publish will end up appearing on Crimson News. …

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