Community pubs

A community pub is owned by the community, for the community

A community pub has its roots within the community, and binds people together in a way that few other things are able to do. It is a way of securing and preserving something precious; a place where people can share their joys and sorrows, celebrate and commiserate, or just pass the time of day.

We advocate the community business approach. A community pub is owned and controlled by a large number of people from within the community – typically around 200 people. Pubs saved in this way are governed democratically on the basis that each member gets one vote, regardless of how much money they invested. This is important, because we know that many communities are made up of people with very mixed incomes, and the community business model makes sure that everybody has the opportunity to have a say about what’s important to them.

Community pubs have both open and voluntary membership, meaning that new people moving into the community, or those who have not previously been involved, can still become members. They tend to be run by full-time managers or tenants with the support of members of the community who volunteer.

“On behalf of People United for Banton, I wanted to take the chance to thank everyone at Plunkett Foundation for the incredible support you have given us to get to this point. We are so grateful for everything you have done for us, from the ‘first steps’ on your website and your support with our first community consultation to the bespoke advice you have arranged for us and the inspirational study visit to The Anglers Rest! Our journey has been so much smoother for your guidance.”

Member, People United for Banton

A growing trend

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) estimates that 14 pubs close every week. More and more communities are choosing to take action themselves and consider community ownership as a way of taking control of their pub and opening it as a community owned business. To date, 1,250 pubs have been registered as assets of community value under community rights, and we have a growing pipeline of communities asking for our support.  As of January 2018, there are 85 known community pubs open and trading.

Number of community pubs open and trading as of January 2018
Pub Locations
More than a Pub

Community Pub Business Support Programme

Find out more about our programme of support for communities in England looking to take control of their local pub.

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