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 [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Georgina Edwards, Policy and Research Manager, represented Plunkett and the community business movement at a panel event hosted by Building Communities Trust in Cardiff. Community Assets: Empowering Communities The event’s theme was “Community Assets: Empowering Communities”. Evidence has demonstrated, time and time again, that that the existence of community assets – and the [...]
Plunkett's project manager, Diane Cameron shares her account of a recent community ownership event in Northern Ireland. At the end of October, Plunkett Foundation was delighted to accept a kind invitation from Development Trusts Northern Ireland (DTNI) to lead a session at its Rural Community Ownership Conference in a beautiful purpose-built community-owned [...]
Chris Cowcher, Head of Policy and Communications reflects on representing Plunkett and rural community-owned businesses at this ‘first of its kind’ summit in Manchester. It was my first visit to the beautiful, community-owned Stretford Public Hall and it was a very fitting venue for the first ever Democratic Business Summit. The hall [...]
Plunkett's project support officer, George Ogier, provides an overview of the team's recent visit to Amberley, near Stroud in Gloucestershire. At Plunkett, with the generous support of Benefact Trust, we want to bring places of worship and community businesses together – so that they can utilise underused space whilst kick-starting businesses that can [...]
As part of Plunkett's ambition to support more community businesses to set up in active places of worship we are delighted to announce the first group in County Durham to benefit from a grant, thanks to our programme of support funded by Benefact Trust. In July Plunkett travelled to Peterlee in County [...]
Head of Policy and Communications, Chris Cowcher shares his thoughts on the Conservative and Labour conferences. If I’m honest, the past fortnight went by in a bit of blur. Now I’m back in to somewhat more of a normal weekly routine I wanted to take stock of my experiences at the party [...]