Join the network2018-10-25T12:03:10+00:00

Join the network

Join our online network

If you are involved with your local community business and would like to talk to people from similar enterprises across the UK, our Facebook networking groups are ideal for you. We know that a lot of our members would like somewhere to discuss ideas in a friendly and safe environment, so the Community Shop and Co-operative Pub groups are the perfect opportunity.

You can access the group wherever you are, at any time of the day, so we envisage this being your first port of call to get an answer to your question. This could be on food storage guidelines, producing a poll to see what times other community-owned shops / pubs are open or simply who to contact about EPOS. It is open to anyone involved in a community shop or co-operative pub, you do not have to be a member of Plunkett Foundation.

If you feel your question would be better answered by a Plunkett Foundation team member, do not hesitate to contact us on 01993 810730 or email

What can I post on the networking groups?

We are looking for members to post and share ideas as often as you can. From sharing events to raising questions, we are looking to grow the network and for members to use it as a platform to get answers to their questions.

By taking part in the networking groups, you will:

  • Be part of a national network of community shops/co-operative pubs
  • Have a platform to share ideas and learn from others within the field
  • Be able to ask questions to those in the sector who have an in-depth knowledge of working in community-owned organisations
  • Hear about tips and ideas from others which could vastly benefit the enterprise you are involved with

In return, we ask members to:

  • Abide by the Code of Conduct, creating a safe and positive platform for networking
  • Post information regarding shop/pub progress – including events, volunteer and training information
  • Avoid spamming/advertising external information
  • Feed into discussions and share your knowledge, where applicable
  • Shout about the fantastic work that you are involved with!

Become part of the online network today

Both groups are moderated by Plunkett Foundation and have a code of conduct (see above).

Nothing you post in the groups will be visible on your personal profile or timeline, but your friends will be able to see that you are a member of the networking group.

If you have any friends or colleagues who you feel would benefit from joining the network, please send them an invite to join.

Code of Conduct

Please read our Code of Conduct before requesting to join one of the networking groups:

Other ways to get involved online

If you’re involved in another kind of community business, there are still plenty of ways you can be part of our online networks.

If woodland social enterprise is your interest, you can like our Making Local Woods Work page for the latest update on our programme, relevant news from the sector and updates from woodland social enterprises we’re supporting.

You can also like our Plunkett Foundation page for information, updates and inspiring case studies from all kinds of community business – click here to find out more.

You can also:

Need some help?

If you are interested in learning more about community business, the support we have available and the work we do supporting rural communities across the UK, please do contact us and we will get back in touch very shortly.

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