Claire Spendley, Head of Community Business at Plunkett Foundation, said: “We’re delighted to continue our dedicated programme of support for community pubs in Scotland, thanks to this generous funding. We’ve seen a growing pipeline and four new pubs come into community ownership in Scotland in 2022, bringing a range of benefits for rural communities across Scotland. Ranging from creating new jobs and training to running a host of community-centred activities including music sessions, creative writing workshops and forestry activities, these opportunities help to boost the health and wellbeing of local people. At a time when communities across the UK are struggling with the increased costs of living, community businesses can be agile, inclusive and a lifeline for local residents.”
Head of Co-operative Development Scotland, Clare Alexander, said: “Community ownership is now more popular than ever, having proven to be more resilient than traditional business models at a time when towns and villages grapple with the combined effects of the spiralling costs of living and of doing business, as well as the ongoing effects of the pandemic. Pubs are important spaces in this context, helping to bring communities together in ways that tackle food poverty, provide connectedness in an increasingly isolated world and become a hub for activities that boost collective wellbeing and mental health. It’s great to see this initiative continuing into 2023, when I’m sure it will help enhance quality of life for even more Scottish communities.”
Morven Lyon, Community Shares Scotland Programme Manager, said: “Having recently supported community-owned pubs the Old Forge and Anchor Tavern with successful share offers, Community Shares Scotland is very pleased to see the continuation of the Scottish community pubs network. It offers a huge opportunity to create more multi-service, multi-benefit community owned hubs right across Scotland. With pressing issues such as the cost of living crisis and the transition to net zero, it’s important to see further support for community-owned businesses.”
Groups can find out about the support available by contacting Plunkett’s Community Business Team on 01993 630022 or emailing email@example.com.