We are pleased to announce that the Plunkett Foundation team have won another award to add to our trophy cabinet.

At a glittering ceremony, held on Tuesday 23 October at Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey, we were very proud to be named runners-up for Social Enterprise, Charity or Community Project of the Year for the South-East of England.

What are the Rural Business Awards?

This is a national awards scheme set up by two Leicestershire businesswomen, seeking to shine a much-needed light on the incredible work being done by countryside-based firms across Britain. Founders Jemma Clifford and Anna Price had long felt that rural firms were losing out to urban-based firms in business award schemes and deserved their own awards. Four years later, the Rural Business Awards (RBAs) now attract hundreds of entries from the length and breadth of Britain in a whole range of categories, from food to manufacturing, from drink to recreation and outdoor pursuits.

It so happens that the aims of the Rural Business Awards align with ours in a number of ways, which is why we were proud to enter in the very important social enterprise category. Like the RBAs, we too believe that rural communities deserve to thrive, and that the best way of helping preserve our rural way of life is to provide opportunities for businesses to flourish.

We were absolutely thrilled to win the runner-up spot for the South-East Rural Business Awards, and we congratulate the winner Barham Village Store – a project in the redeveloped Barham Village Hall run by around 70 volunteers using local suppliers.

And on that note, we were also delighted to see that a community-run shop, Cletwr in Wales, won the social enterprise category in the Welsh Rural Business Awards too. Here at Plunkett we helped set up Cletwr so we are so pleased to see it add a Rural Business Award to its shelf.

All in all, a fabulous night for rural businesses, and a fabulous night for Plunkett! It just remains for us to thank the team at the RBAs for honouring our work in this way. It gives any business a boost to be recognised by others, and Plunkett is no exception.