James Alcock, Chief Executive at Plunkett Foundation said: “The Plunkett Foundation – Denbury Homes partnership has been a huge success for community businesses across the East of England. Having worked together with Denbury over the past 3 years, Plunkett has been able to offer advice, support and funding to groups thanks to their support.
This map was made possible by their generous charitable donation, and we hope that it will inspire people to explore the area, find community businesses and try new places. There are some wonderful riverside pubs and shops in these counties and many businesses located on cycling, walking and horse riding routes.”
There has been a boom of community-owned businesses throughout Suffolk, and there is a vast variety of independents to explore, ranging from stores, cafes, and a country market to community woodlands, pubs, and community hubs. Each business is distinctive to its community.
For instance, in the village of Somersham, 5 miles from Ipswich, the 15th-century Duke of Marlborough Inn offers a warm welcome under historic beams, and the Somersham and District Community Shop offers delectable goods from more than 25 local producers, including fresh meats, country pies and cheeses, fruit juices, cakes, and even local chocolate.
Visitors will find three very special community – owned businesses in the peaceful village of Toppesfield, located in the Braintree neighbourhood of Essex, that extend a warm welcome. The Green Man bar, which sells ales from the hamlet’s very own Pump House Brewery that was established in 2015, was saved from closing by volunteers ten years ago. The community-run Toppesfield Shop has been making money for village projects for 20 years.