How we help

We provide practical advice, support and training to help communities establish and run successful community businesses with long-term survival rates.

Plunkett defines a community business as being locally rooted, trading for the benefit of the local area, and as being accountable to the community and having broad community impact.

Groups and organisations seeking support from Plunkett can access:

  • Helpline support (Monday – Friday) on +44 (0)1993 630022
  • Free one-to-one support from Plunkett Advisers

  • Advice and guidance relating to legal structures including assistance with establishing a Community Benefit Society with Plunkett Foundation Model Rules

  • Access to small/large scale learning & information events

  • Practical training

  • Online networking opportunities

  • Bespoke resources and templates

  • Small grants available for groups seeking to locate in a church or church buildings

If you are considering setting up a community-owned business, or are involved in an established community business but need advice, please contact us to see how we can help. To be eligible for Plunkett support you will need to be able to demonstrate how your project will impact your local community and how you are involving local residents in your activities, but we will talk you through the process.

The majority of Plunkett Foundation support is free to community business projects across the UK, thanks to a wide range of funders and trusts.

For those groups ineligible for free support we offer a range of ‘paid for’ consultancy services with discounts for members. If you need to cover the costs of our business advice within a funding proposal – we can help. To find out more please contact

Support for Early Stages
Support for Established Community Businesses
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