2020 has been a year of many challenges and difficulties but it has also been the year that we have seen communities come together like never before and at the heart of that renewed community spirit has been community-owned businesses. On Tuesday 24th November, Plunkett Foundation will be recognising and celebrating the inspiring achievements of community businesses, in partnership with rural housing association, Hastoe Housing.

Across the UK, community-owned businesses have been adapting their services in order to support their communities, many of whom were already isolated from mainstream services and support. From turning their village shop into a food delivery service to transforming a pub’s restaurant into a takeout facility and coordinating a volunteer-led helpline to make sure local residents were okay and not lonely, community businesses have been stepping up to provide a lifeline to the most vulnerable in their communities.

The Virtual Community Business Fete will be a day-long online event that will showcase the lockdown stories of five community businesses, as well as announcing the winner of the Plunkett and Hastoe Housing ‘Community Contribution Award’ which seeks to find one outstanding individual who went that extra mile during the pandemic crisis.

To round off the Virtual Fete, Plunkett will be launching a new flagship film that will bring to life the charity’s Rural Vision, a vision that looks at five core themes that Plunkett believes will help aid a rural renaissance following COVID-19. Our rural visioning film has been made possible with the support of Power to Change. Throughout the day, audiences will be invited to join in with interactive discussions featuring community businesses and experts from the sector, and there will be an exclusive virtual Tea Pig tea tasting session for members of Plunkett.

To register your interest in joining us for our Virtual Community Business Fete, click here.

  • 9.30am – the Virtual Fete will begin
  • 9.35am – community business lockdown story – Bretforton Community Shop. Kindly sponsored by COOP
  • 10.15am – community business lockdown story – Cletwr Café & Shop. Kindly sponsored by The Retail Mutual
  • 11am – virtual tea tasting with Tea Pigs (please note this event is for Plunkett members only). Register your place by clicking here.
  • 12.10pm – community business lockdown story – The New Inn pub, Norton Lindsay. Kindly sponsored by Triodos
  • 1pm – the announcement of the Community Contribution Award winner. Kindly sponsored by Hastoe Housing
  • 2.15pm – community business lockdown story – Brent Knoll Community Shop. Kindly sponsored by Thakeham Group
  • 3pm – community business lockdown story – Clapham Community Shop. Kindly sponsored by SUMA
  • 3.50pm – premier of Plunkett’s new Rural Recovery film. Kindly sponsored by Power to Change
  • 4pm to 5pm – live Q&A and discussion on the future of a rural recovery

The Virtual Fete will take place on Plunkett’s Facebook page and we very much hope you will join us in celebrating community businesses as well as joining in the discussion about the future of rural community businesses.

Our sincere thanks to our all sponsors for enabling this virtual event to take place.