Becoming a member

From shops and pubs to farms and woodlands and everything in between, the Plunkett Foundation provides a helping hand to support groups from their first tentative steps, and continues to be there for them, year after year, as the business develops and grows.

Becoming a member means you join a growing number of like-minded people and organisations working together to help communities set up and run community businesses as a way of overcoming a range of challenges. There are two categories of membership:

Community Business membership

We’ve been the voice of rural community business since 1919, and we know that establishing and running a community business can bring a wide range of benefits for communities, but it can also bring challenges. Designed specifically for community businesses, this membership ensures your business is part of a national network, providing access to enhanced information, advice and support (whether that’s from the Plunkett Foundation’s specialist advisers or from other community businesses). It enables you to collaborate in the market place for better deals, and it helps you to reduce running costs. We also actively encourage our members to help us develop our services to make sure we’re continuing to meet the needs of the sector.

As a Community Business member you will receive:

  • Resources and information: Access the latest research and publications before anyone else. Book a free annual health check for your community business, and get enhanced access to specialist support, resources and advice from our central team and network of expert advisers.
  • Network: Share knowledge and experience with others in the community business sector, and find the right products and services with our directory of trusted suppliers and supporters who share your values and can help your business to thrive.
  • Events, webinars and training: Hear from the experts at a variety of events both online and across the UK, which offer advice, practical support, training and networking opportunities. You will be invited to bespoke member events with reduced ticket prices.
  • Influence: Shape the Foundation’s views and work, gain a national platform, and help us to influence the future of the rural community business sector together.
  • News: Receive regular key updates on funding and support as they happen, as well as the latest news from the world of community business.

Our trusted suppliers offer practical support and discounts to help ensure you’re getting the best deal for your community, including: a FREE property law advice line; discounted business insurance, accountancy services, and valuation reports; access to the best energy deals; and discounts from wholesalers and suppliers of fixtures, fittings and furniture.

Existing members


  • £200 + VAT per year

If you have any questions about membership, please call us on 01993  810730 or email 

Apply now

Supporter membership

Supporter membership is for any individual or organisation that shares Plunkett’s values and wants to help us to help community businesses. Community is important to us all. Community businesses are a way of helping rural communities to thrive – they bring people together to achieve so much more than might seem possible alone. As a supporter, your membership contributes directly to the advice and practical help we have provided to rural communities for more than 100 years, as well as helping us to strengthen the rural voice in national policy. Members like you ensure that we can continue to offer support, guidance and advocacy to communities to help them to take control of their challenges and overcome them together.

As a Supporter member you will receive:

  • Access and discounts to membership events and networking opportunities – including voting rights at our Annual General Meeting
  • Member alerts to keep you up to date on Plunkett’s news. When something important happens that will affect our work, rural communities and the community ownership sector, you’ll be the first to know
  • Member specific notifications of Plunkett’s publications, consultations and reports


  • £20 for individuals 
  • £150 for organisations
Apply now

Need some help?

If you are interested in learning more about community business, the support we have available and the work we do supporting rural communities across the UK, please do contact us and we will get back in touch very shortly.

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