Voting is now open for the Denbury Plunkett Communities Awards 2022

Recognising the very best community businesses in the East of England.

We’re delighted to announce that our shortlisted award winners have now been decided and voting for the Denbury Plunkett Communities Awards is now open!

These new awards, supported by Denbury Charitable Fund, will recognise the amazing work, dedication and successes of community businesses in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and rural Essex.

For full details of each shortlisted community business visit our voting page.

The shortlisted nominees in six award categories are:

1. Employment & Training – community businesses offer employment, training and apprenticeship opportunities that help rural villages to thrive.

  • The Lion Corner Community Shop – Abberton & Langenhoe, Essex
  • The Locks Inn Community Pub – Geldeston, Norfolk
  • The Ship Inn Community Pub – Great Holland, Essex

2. Environment – many community businesses operate in sustainable ways to reduce their impact on the environment.

  • The Locks Inn Community Pub – Geldeston, Norfolk
  • The Eden-Rose Community Ltd – Sudbury, Suffolk
  • The Walled Garden Community Shop & Café – Plumstead, Norfolk

3. Community Food Award  – stocking local produce or using local energy or services – community businesses play a key role in supporting local producers.

  • Ryburgh Community Enterprise – Ryburgh, Fakenham, Norfolk
  • Itteringham Village Shop – Itteringham, Norfolk
  • Toppesfield Village – The Green Man, Pumphouse Community Brewery & Toppesfield Village Shop – Toppesfield Community Village Shop, Essex

4. Technology – plays a key part in making services more accessible and helping communities stay connected.

  • SouthGen (The Old Hospital) – Southwold, Suffolk
  • The White Swan Community Pub – Gressenhall, Norfolk

5. Volunteering – without the daily efforts of thousands of volunteers many community-businesses simply wouldn’t exist and essential shops, pubs and services would be lost for good.

  • The Fox Inn Community Pub – Garboldisham, Norfolk
  • The White Swan – Gressenhall, Norfolk
  • The Ship Inn – Great Holland, Essex
  • Rocklands Community Shop, Rockland All Saints, Norfolk

6. The Denbury Community Contribution Award – this award recognises the outstanding contribution that an East of England community business or individual has made to their local community.

In addition to being celebrated for their success, the winners of each category will receive a commemorative plaque, an award of £150 and will go forward to the annual Rural Community Business Awards – run by the Plunkett Foundation for community-owned businesses throughout the UK.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 18 October 2022 held at the community-owned The Locks Inn, Geldeston, Norfolk.

Community businesses are businesses that are owned and run by their community for their communities, their primary purpose is to provide vital services on which people depend, such as access to food and essential goods, cash and postal services, health-related services and social meeting spaces. The awards celebrate the unique contributions these community businesses make, creating resilient, thriving and inclusive rural communities.

How to vote: 

All votes must be made by: 9am, Friday 30 September 2022 . Use this voting form to nominate your favourite community-owned business in the East of England- Voting Form

The winning community-owned businesses will be announced at an awards ceremony held on 18 October 2022 at the Locks Inn, Geldeston, Norfolk.

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