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.
Across the country community businesses have been proving their ability to innovate and be adaptable during the Covid-19 lockdown. Here is the story of a Shropshire community shop which helped the most vulnerable people keep connected and supplied over the twelve weeks that the shop had to close its doors.
Volunteers across the UK have been providing critical help to community businesses during lockdown. Plunkett Foundation share some stories to celebrate volunteer efforts as we go into the second week of Co-op Fortnight.
Community shops can sometimes take months, even years, to go from the initial idea to opening the doors. But in Brent Knoll, Somerset, when the coronavirus crisis struck the community decided they needed the shop immediately - and managed to open their 'emergency shop' shop in days.
James Hopkins, Executive Chairman of award winning winning East Anglian home builder Hopkins Homes, explains why it is more important than ever to support rural community businesses through the new Hopkins Plunkett Communities Scheme.
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How the residents of Church Fenton worked with their parish council to secure support from the Public Works Lone Board to save their local shop and pub
Plunkett Foundation's Community Business Manager, Alison Macklin, shares her advice on wellbeing in light of added pressures caused by Coronavirus