Six inspirational community-owned businesses from across the UK and the people behind them have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to their communities, and as being the most inspiring businesses of their kind by the Plunkett Foundation at its Rural Community Business Awards.
Selected from 19 finalists, representing a wide range of businesses from across the UK – including community-owned farms, woodlands, shops, pubs and community hubs, these businesses help rural communities tackle local issues such as isolation, loneliness, and lack of employment, as well as improving wellbeing. They provide vital services locally, take action on climate change and actively promote equity, diversity and inclusion in the countryside.
Held annually by the Plunkett Foundation, the Rural Community Business Awards, which took place at the Royal Society of Chemistry on Wednesday 15 November, recognise the dedication and success of all types of community-owned businesses and hope to inspire other communities to take ownership of the businesses essential to them.
This year’s Awards are supported by headline sponsor North Barnes Farm in partnership with Welbeck Land and Eton College.