Rural Community Business Awards 2021

Join us as we celebrate the winners of Plunkett’s Rural Community Business Awards 2021

Helping the vulnerable, delivering food parcels, supporting local food producers, providing local jobs, reducing loneliness, embracing green initiatives, improving wellbeing and creating vibrant communities – the winners of the 2021 Rural Community Business awards have brought their communities together and profoundly improved rural life for all.

Plunkett’s annual Rural Community Business Awards campaign, headline sponsored by Hastoe Housing Association, celebrates seven inspirational and outstanding examples of community-owned businesses and the kind-hearted individuals involved in them, who have gone above and beyond for their communities over the last year.

The seven winners were selected from 21 finalists, representing a wide range of businesses from across the UK including community-owned farms, woodlands, shops, pubs, community hubs and breweries. They were presented with their awards by Dame Prue Leith DBE who hosted the special ceremony on Thursday 25 November 2021.

Despite the challenges of lockdowns, various restrictions and difficult trading circumstances these community businesses have triumphed in the face of adversity. They stepped up to support their communities more than ever and the Rural Community Business Awards gives recognition and thanks to their efforts.

Brown Rock Woodland Project CIC – community woodland, Somerset

Sandford Talking Shop – community-owned shop, Oxfordshire

Cletwr – community-owned shop & cafe, Powys, Wales

May Hill Hub – community-owned online shop, Gloucestershire

Stoke Ferry Community Enterprise, Blue Bell – community-owned pub, Norfolk

Karen Loftus – Berrynarbor Community Shop & Post Office, community-owned shop, Devon

Toby Carlton – Never Say Die Pub & Hub, community-owned pub and hub, Essex

James Alcock, Chief Executive at Plunkett Foundation, said: “Each of our winners has an incredible story of the positive impact they are having in their community. We hope their stories inspire others to start their own community-owned business, with Plunkett ready to offer advice and support to them in doing so.”

Headline sponsor Andrew Potter, Chief Executive from Hastoe Group, said: “We are delighted to support the awards in 2021, which has been a challenging year for so many, to help shine a light on the great initiatives, selfless volunteers and successful businesses which have not only persevered through the pandemic, but been at the heart of community response”.

If you are inspired by the winners of this year’s Rural Community Business Awards then join our growing network of individual supporters and community businesses and help even more communities to realise the potential of community-ownership in their area. Find out more here

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