Claire Spendley, Plunkett’s Head of Community Business commented: “We really appreciate the support of the Hobson Charity and are delighted to have been be awarded this grant.
Plunkett launched our appraisal tool in 2022, to provide even more business support to our members. We advise businesses to complete the report and action plan annually before their Annual Meeting so they can compare their progress with the rest of the community business movement. The committee can also use the report to share updates and insights with their members and supporters too.
The information collected through the appraisals is also incredibly important to us, as it helps us to identify trends, areas that require additional support, and ways we can better assist community businesses. The insights are also used in support of our policy and advocacy work representing community businesses in all four UK nations.
With Plunkett’s support, many rural communities have successfully set up a community business and succeeded in creating innovative, inclusive and impactful spaces at the heart of their community”