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It was late afternoon in the summer holidays, when we visited to meet with Kate, and volunteers behind the counter at the small shop at Islip, and it was buzzing with activity.
The Plunkett Foundation releases the 2019 ‘Better form of Business Reports’ on Community Pubs and Community Shops Across the UK more shops and pubs than ever are now in community ownership and are bucking the national trend of rural closures. Survival record of Community Pubs [...]
We have been working hard to review our membership strategy and to provide a structure that has one membership strand with different rates and varying access to benefits and fees for different profiles. We feel the emphasis should be on the type of relationship rather than status of a member.
On the 14th August, a very wet day for the season, Aimee Evans from Plunkett and Helen Fagan, grants manager for The Prince’s Countryside Fund splashed through the rural roads of Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire to visit three community shops.
Our next stop was Tackley village shop, where we met with Barbie and Andrew. Tackley are busy updating and refurbishing their shop, which opened in 2004.
Many rural parish and town councils will be familiar with the challenge of retaining local services such as shops and pubs in their communities.
Plunkett community shop members are registered with ACS’s assured advice scheme and have access to their guides that provide accredited standards for in-store procedures, such as health and safety or underage sales.