Celebrating the UK’s Best Community-owned Businesses

Twenty-four community-owned businesses from across the UK have been shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Rural Community Business Awards. From a small island shop, a country market, rare-breed farm to a host of much-loved, thriving community pubs – a wide range of community-owned businesses have been recognised for going that extra mile to help their communities.

Held annually by the Plunkett Foundation, the Rural Community Business Awards recognise the dedication and success of all types of community-owned businesses and hope to inspire other communities to take ownership of the businesses essential to them. This year’s Awards are supported by headline sponsor North Barnes Farm in partnership with Welbeck Land and Eton College.

Across the UK a growing movement of 800 community-owned businesses are creating resilient, thriving and inclusive rural towns and villages. Whether a shop, farm, bakery, woodland or pub – their services help tackle rural issues of isolation, loneliness, access to essential goods, provide jobs and training, help the environment and create amazing opportunities to bring people together to improve the wellbeing of all.

Each of the short-listed community businesses or volunteers have been chosen in recognition of the contribution they make to their local communities:

i) Community Food & Local Supply Award sponsored by Suma Wholefoods

  • Woodhouse Farm and Garden CIC, Lichfield, Staffordshire
  • Canna Community Shop, Isle of Canna, Inner Hebrides, Scotland
  • Seaview Community Shop, Isle of Wight

ii) Employment Award sponsored by Adnams

  • Westbury Community Shop, Westbury, Buckinghamshire
  • Wye Community Farm, Wye, Kent
  • Barford Community Shop, Barford, Warwickshire

iii) Environment Award sponsored by Power to Change

  • Farmborough Community Shop, Farmborough, Somerset
  • Hampstead Norreys Community Shop and Café, Hampstead Norreys, Berkshire
  • The Blue Bell, Stoke Ferry, Norfolk

iii) Inclusivity Award sponsored by Co-op

  • Islip Village Shop, Kidlington, Oxfordshire
  • Woodhouse Farm and Garden CIC, Lichfield, Staffordshire
  • Eynsham Country Markets, Eynsham, Oxfordshire

iv) Technology Award sponsored by Anthony Collins

  • Menter Ty’n Llan, Caernarfon, North Wales
  • The Bank – Chopwell Regeneration CIO, Chopwell, Tyne & Wear
  • The White Swan, Gressenhall, Norfolk

v) Volunteering Award sponsored by Allied Westminster

  • The Bank – Chopwell Regeneration CIO, Chopwell, Tyne & Wear
  • The Lion Corner Shop, Langenhoe, Colchester, Essex
  • Rocklands Community Shop, Rockland All Saints, Norfolk

vi) Community Contribution Award sponsored by Thakeham

  • Lucy Turner from The New Inn, Halse, Somerset
  • David Leader from The White Lion, Broadwindsor, Dorset – this is a posthumous nomination as David sadly passed away earlier this year
  • David Rushton from The Auctioneer Arms, Caverswall, Staffordshire

vii) Young Person Award sponsored by Abri

  • Emily Thompson from The Bank, Chopwell, Tyne & Wear
  • Carly Abbott from The Swan at Clewer, Windsor, Berkshire
  • Joe Mitchell from The Locks, Geldeston, Norfolk

Finalists in the Community Contribution and Young Person awards will go forward to a public vote to decide the award winner. The votes will take place between 31st October and 4th November and can be registered on our Awards page here.

All the winners will be celebrated with the support of TV presenter and auctioneer Charlie Ross, who will host a formal ceremony on 17 November 2022. Each winner will receive a trophy and an award of £250.

James Alcock, Chief Executive at Plunkett Foundation, said: “All of the finalists are ‘local heroes’ their work and the businesses they represent improve the lives of all those in their local communities. Alongside their essential service they provide a lifeline to those most in need – the isolated, the elderly, people on low incomes and those seeking local employment or training.”

Community businesses are businesses that are owned and run by their community for their communities, their primary purpose is to provide vital services on which people depend, such as access to food and essential goods, cash and postal services, health-related services and social meeting spaces. The awards celebrate the unique contributions these community businesses make, creating resilient, thriving and inclusive rural communities.

To vote for the finalists in the Community Contribution and Young Person awards (between 31st October and 4th November) visit our award’s page:  Rural Community Business Awards.




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