For the first five years of its existence, interest was used carefully to promote courses and studies on co-operative and rural sociology subjects in England and Ireland
Becoming a clearing-house of information on International Agricultural Co-operation
Plunkett Foundation’s remit was always intended to be international. The 1924 Empire Exhibition held at Wembley was the ideal opportunity to prepare a survey of agricultural co-operation and organise a conference of co-operators. The 170 participants of this conference found the experience of meeting and comparing notes new and stimulating. Before parting, they called for a permanent “clearinghouse of information on agricultural co-operation in the English-speaking world” to be established. Having found its purpose and identity, Sir Horace more than doubled his original endowment. It was also at this point that the Foundation, together with the Co-operative Reference Library, relocated from Dublin to No.10 Doughty Street in London, and a permanent staff was appointed.
Plunkett’s role in
Today, we provide practical advice, support and training to help communities establish and run successful community businesses with long-term survival rates. We are currently supporting over 400 communities in our pipeline; find out how we can support your community to establish a community business. If you require support, or would like to find out more about the Foundation’s work…