Plunkett Foundation is a UK-wide charity with a vision for resilient, thriving and inclusive rural communities. To achieve this, we support people in rural areas to set up and run a wide range of businesses which are genuinely owned by local communities, whereby members have equal and democratic control. Today, we represent approximately 700 such ‘community businesses’ in rural areas throughout the UK, from shops and pubs through to woodlands, farms and fisheries.
In practical terms, our support for community businesses comes in the form of advice, training, and events and is delivered through a core team of 20 staff and a network of 50 locally based self-employed business advisers across the UK. As a membership organisation, we also represent the interests of rural community businesses through research, policy, and public affairs.
Demand for our business advice is the highest it’s ever been, and our core staff is growing. We’re thrilled to welcome our newest team members, Community Business Advisers, Nick Comley and Misty Bower. Nick and Misty job share and will work closely with our Community Business Manager, Alison Macklin. They’ll work directly with community groups to deliver advice and support to help their projects succeed; as well as delivering consultancy services Plunkett provides to community businesses and corporate partners.
If you’re setting up or running a community business then there’s a good chance that you’ll speak to Alison, Nick or Misty at points along your journey.