Rural Community Business Awards

Join us as we celebrate the return of Plunkett’s Rural Community Business Awards

Plunkett’s annual Rural Community Business Awards campaign, headline sponsored by Hastoe Housing Association, returns as the charity once again seeks to find outstanding examples of community-owned businesses and individuals involved in them, who have gone above and beyond for their communities over the last year.

The Awards are an opportunity to recognise the inspiring achievements and commitment of the community business network and this year we are delighted to share that Dame Prue Leith DBE will be the host of the special ceremony.

Plunkett’s annual Rural Community Business Awards campaign, headline sponsored by Hastoe Housing Association, returns as the charity once again seeks to find outstanding examples of community-owned businesses and individuals involved in them, who have gone above and beyond for their communities over the last year.

The Awards are an opportunity to recognise the inspiring achievements and commitment of the community business network and this year we are delighted to share that Dame Prue Leith DBE will be the host of the special ceremony.

At the start of the pandemic we saw how community businesses stepped up in order to support their communities. Despite the continuing challenges of additional lockdowns, trading restrictions and a high level of extra support measures needed for the more vulnerable members of their local communities, the surge of community spirit we saw during the first lockdown remained and communities continued to pull together to support the people who need them the most.

We are now very excited to have the opportunity to bring together the community business sector for the first time in two years, to celebrate the amazing efforts of the community-owned businesses over the past exceptionally difficult year.

This year, we will be looking to find winners in the following seven award categories:

  • Rural Vision Awards:
    • Employment and training
    • Environment
    • Re-localisation of produce
    • Technology
    • Volunteering
  • Community Contribution Award
  • Young Person Award

But to help us find our 2021 winners, we need your help.

We’re asking community businesses, partners and friends to put forward their nominations, so if you’d like to see your community-owned business or someone within your community recognised for their efforts as part of their local community-ownership project, we’d love you to share their story with us.

The nomination round is now CLOSED.
T
hank you to everyone who took the time to tell us about their community business or someone involved in it.
Keep posted for more information about the Rural Community Business Awards coming soon.

Nominations for the Rural Community Business Awards will close at 5pm on Friday 8th October 2021.  A judging panel made up of sponsors will come together to select the five Rural Vision Award winners and identify three finalists for the Community Contribution and Young Person awards. The finalists for each of those awards will then go to the public vote at the beginning of November to find our overall winners.

All winners will be announced at a special award ceremony in London on Thursday 25th November 2021. Thanks to the support of Power to Change, the ceremony will also be live-streamed, helping to make the whole occasion available to everyone.

For more information about Plunkett’s 2021 Rural Community Business Awards campaign please get in touch with Gemma Sills on gemma.sills@plunkett.co.uk or call 01993 630246.

Our sincere thanks to all our generous sponsors for enabling this year’s
Rural Community Business Awards to take place