We are making changes to the way we update you on key announcements and updates from us about Plunkett Foundation and the UK rural community business sector. Our new email alert system will replace our existing Plunkett Foundation News newsletter and will let you know key details on what you need to know about rural community business. If you sign up, you won't receive more than two alerts each month.
Plunkett Foundation, which has been supporting rural communities since 1919, is creating a community pub network funded by Power to Change, the independent trust supporting community businesses in England. The network will offer bespoke support to help community pubs set up and run sustainably. It will provide tailored advice and resources to increase the pub's local social impact, create more formal opportunities for shared learning on top of Plunkett’s existing advisory services and, importantly, raise national awareness of the community-owned pub model.
Plunkett Foundation was recently featured on BBC TV’s Look North as part of a report on rural isolation, and what our fantastic community co-operatives are doing to tackle it. The report was aired several times throughout the day and included an interview with our very own head of engagement Harriet English and the wonderful Bess at community co-operative, Tealby Village Shop.
September 2016 was a very difficult time for Blisland Community shop and café. On 7 September, the existing Committee stood down and a new Committee made up of locals with business experience was appointed.
These are some of the findings from a new report ‘Community Shops: A better form of business’ which provides a comprehensive look into the research available on the performance and impact of community shops in the UK. Published on 5 July 2017 by Plunkett Foundation, the leading support organisation for community shops which has been promoting co-operation in rural communities for nearly 100 years
A major new support and finance programme to help people take control of their local pub for the benefit of the community has been announced today (Wednesday 9 March 2016) by Community Pubs Minister Marcus Jones MP.
If you are involved with your local community shop or co-operative pub and would like to talk to people from similar enterprises on a national scale, the Facebook networking groups are ideal for you. We know that a lot of our members would like somewhere to discuss ideas together, in a friendly and safe environment, so the community shop and co-operative pub online networking groups are the perfect opportunity.
Applications for shares have come from around the world, from Alaska to Australia, via North Carolina, Scotland and Yorkshire. This reflects the movement of residents who hold fond memories of Ash and the Chequers at the heart of their ‘Home village’.
Two comprehensive reports on community shops and co-operative pubs have been published (5 July 2017) by Plunkett Foundation, the leading support organisation for community-owned shops and pubs which has been promoting co-operation in rural communities for nearly 100 years. The reports, titled ‘Community Shops: A better form of business’ and ‘Co-operative Pubs: A better form of business,’ provide the most comprehensive research available on the performance and impact of these enterprises.