Rural Community Business Awards 2024

Plunkett’s annual Rural Community Business Awards returns for another year to celebrate the outstanding achievements of community-owned businesses and the dedicated and inspiring individuals who make them happen.

This year’s celebration promises to be even bigger and better as it joins forces with Plunkett’s National Community Business Conference, offering community businesses even more opportunity to network, be inspired and have an all-round wonderful time.

The 2024 Rural Community Business Awards will be taking place on Wednesday 23rd October in London and will be hosted by xxx.

Nominate your community business or a local community champion

We invite you to nominate your community business or a someone involved in the business, in to one of this year’s award categories, which are:

Recognising community businesses that are going the extra mile to create safe and welcoming spaces for everyone.

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Looking to celebrate community businesses that are striving to invest in local people through the creation of employment, training and volunteering opportunities.

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Celebrating community businesses who are going further to make their business and community ‘green’ through the introduction of environmentally friendly initiatives.

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Recognising how community businesses are contributing to supporting the local economy through the provision of utilising local supply and services.

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Celebrating community businesses that are providing a wide range of services and amenities that communities value and need.

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Celebrating the community groups that are not yet open and trading but are on the way to creating something incredibly special.

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Recognising the outstanding efforts of the individuals who are going above and beyond for their community business. Perhaps through the business, they’re going the extra mile for vulnerable residents or they’re a constant source of support in keeping the business going? Or maybe they’re making a difference by creating initiatives to bring the community together?

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Acknowledging the young people aged 15 to 25 who are helping to make a difference in their community-owned business. Is their enthusiasm infectious? Do they always step up in times of need or strive to share their skills in order to enhance the business.

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Nominations are open from 19th June 2024 and will close at 5pm on 16th August 2024.

Read our nomination guide and FAQ handbook for further information about making a nomination and details of the Rural Community Business Awards campaign.

Thank you to our sponsors of this year’s Rural Community Business Awards

Some photos from the 2023 Rural Community Business Awards…