Tomorrow England goes back into lockdown - and though it's not a huge surprise to many, it is not the news any business was hoping for.
As the national lockdown closed the doors of businesses across the country, one newly opened rural community shop in East Yorkshire showed innovation and adaptability to remain open and provide community spirit and vital supplies to those who needed them more than ever.
Together Hopkins and Plunkett are responding to the current crisis and supporting community businesses across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and rural Essex to recover and thrive during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Wholesaler Booker has shared this statement with the Plunkett Foundation in response to the ongoing challenge that many rural community shops have reported over securing the vital stock they need.
A dedicated programme of support has been launched by the Plunkett Foundation with funding from the Co-op to support rural community businesses across the UK.
Ahead of the 2019 Rural Community Awards past winners have been reflecting on what their awards mean to them. In 2018 the Slapton Community Shop in Devon won the ‘Community Story of the Year’ Award. The award recognised the much deeper role the shop plays in supporting individuals and community life. Tracie Lange, [...]
It's almost upon us - the Plunkett Foundation's Rural Community Awards 2019 - an annual celebration of the achievements of rural community businesses across the UK and a chance to inspire others. But what does it mean to be one of the recipients? Abi Johnson of Talking Shop in Oxfordshire, winner of the [...]
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.