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Making a case for community businesses in churches

2024-05-29T11:14:25+00:00

A new report from Plunkett UK, published in partnership with the Benefact Trust, sets out the benefits of co-locating community-owned businesses within active places of worship. Written as part of the legacy of Plunkett’s support programme for community businesses in places of worship, the ‘Unlock the Potential’ report reviews the [...]

Making a case for community businesses in churches2024-05-29T11:14:25+00:00

A new year’s message for our members and partners

2023-12-31T17:58:51+00:00

In his end of year blog, James Alcock, CEO states that there are lots of positives from 2023 for our movement to build on, as Plunkett remains committed to it's current strategy to grow the sector. Ahead of the official return to work on Tuesday, January 2nd, I wanted to wish you [...]

A new year’s message for our members and partners2023-12-31T17:58:51+00:00

A message of thanks from our CEO

2023-12-20T11:34:10+00:00

An end of year message of thanks to our members, partners and supporters from our CEO, James Alcock. 2023 has been another incredible year for Plunkett Foundation and the rural community business movement UK-wide. Plunkett has seen and responded to a significant increase in enquiries – over 500 enquiries in total. In [...]

A message of thanks from our CEO2023-12-20T11:34:10+00:00

Greg Smith MP visits Westbury Community Shop and Café

2023-12-21T11:30:24+00:00

Chris Cowcher, provides an overview of a recent visit to Westbury Community Shop and Café on the border of Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire. Having met in one of the many fringe events at the Conservative Party conference, when I was there representing our movement back in October, I was delighted to receive a [...]

Greg Smith MP visits Westbury Community Shop and Café2023-12-21T11:30:24+00:00

Winster Village Shop Receives the Kings Award for Voluntary Service

2023-12-14T16:34:58+00:00

Plunkett is delighted to share the news from our members, Winster Village Shop has been awarded the Kings Award for Voluntary Service. Winster Village Shop a community shop in Winster, Derbyshire, has just been awarded the King's Award for Voluntary Service 2023. This is the highest award a Local Voluntary Group can [...]

Winster Village Shop Receives the Kings Award for Voluntary Service2023-12-14T16:34:58+00:00

Autumn Statement – A community business review

2023-11-24T17:29:21+00:00

Chris Cowcher, Head of Policy and Communication has reviewed the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement to summarise what is relevant to our sector. As always, the Government’s delivery of a Budget Statement will be viewed in the context of what can be gained politically. Will the announcements made earlier this week improve the current [...]

Autumn Statement – A community business review2023-11-24T17:29:21+00:00

Co-operative Retail Societies partner with Plunkett Foundation

2023-12-04T09:05:38+00:00

UK’s leading co-operators collaborate with national charity to grow the co-operative movement A new network, led by national charity, Plunkett Foundation is bringing together co-operative retail societies to boost the resource and expertise needed to help the growth and resilience of the rural community-owned business sector. Community-owned businesses are an increasingly popular [...]

Co-operative Retail Societies partner with Plunkett Foundation2023-12-04T09:05:38+00:00

Japanese Professor visits Community-Owned Broughton Shop

2023-11-23T15:07:13+00:00

Plunkett's data manager, Paul Thompson shares his account of a recent visit by Osaka University's, Professor Yasuyuki Komaki to Broughton Community Shop in Hampshire. I don’t often get the chance to escape the office and visit community businesses on my own as I mainly work behind the scenes in the office or [...]

Japanese Professor visits Community-Owned Broughton Shop2023-11-23T15:07:13+00:00

Winners of the Rural Community Business Awards 2023 announced

2023-11-20T16:35:37+00:00

Celebrating the UK’s Most Inspiring Community-owned Businesses Six inspirational community-owned businesses from across the UK and the people behind them have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to their communities, and as being the most inspiring businesses of their kind by the Plunkett Foundation at its Rural Community Business Awards. Selected from [...]

Winners of the Rural Community Business Awards 2023 announced2023-11-20T16:35:37+00:00
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