Rural voice

We actively seek to create an environment in which the community business sector will thrive

We do this through championing their cause to create a supportive policy, funding, and advisory landscape for them to operate within. Above all, we want to create a smoother journey for communities to set up community businesses and make it easier for those already running them.

Plunkett works collaboratively and strategically at a national level with a range of stakeholders, including government and public bodies, corporates, funding institutions and other third sector organisations. Our members and the rural communities we work with are central to our advocacy role, and we seek their support to help us with consultations at both local and national level. We look to be a clear voice representing rural communities on the key issues affecting them, and to raise the profile on how community business can be best placed to help address these issues. We know that community businesses play a much deeper role than simply providing a service – they can empower rural communities to address issues such as isolation, wellbeing, loneliness, work and training.

The ways in which we seek to be a strong and active voice representing rural communities and championing the potential of community ownership UK wide, include:

  • Consultation with community businesses across the UK on the key issues affecting them and promoting our findings;

  • Influencing policy via membership of various partnerships and alliances such as the Rural Coalition and Communities Partnership Board;

  • Nurturing relationships with key government departments and seeking their endorsement on our activities;

  • Thematic media campaigns on issues such as rural loneliness;

  • Attendance and representation at key sector events as a speaker, exhibitor or delegate;

  • Hosting our own influencing events with key stakeholders and influencers.

If you would like to support us in the work we do to represent rural communities, please visit our news page, events page, contact us or become a member of Plunkett.

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If you are interested in learning more about community business, the support we have available and the work we do supporting rural communities across the UK, please do contact us and we will get back in touch very shortly.

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