The Plunkett Foundation are encouraging rural community owned businesses, including pubs, to enter the Community Ownership Awards which have been launched to celebrate the successes made by community owned enterprises throughout the UK.

The awards will celebrate the achievements of people in rural areas working together to take action to improve their communities, and celebrate their hard work.

This year, the Rural Community Ownership Awards consist of 5 ‘thematic’ categories including;

  • Community Story of the Year award
  • The ‘Little Things’ award
  • Investing in Local People award
  • Diversifying to make a Difference award
  • The Horace Plunkett ‘Better Business’ award.

The Little Things Award celebrates a year-long campaign Plunkett has been running, funded by English Rural and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, showcasing how community businesses, such as pubs, are supporting people in rural areas to overcome issues such as loneliness and isolation. This award will wrap up the successful campaign and crown one community business that is tackling such issues in an accessible and effective way.

Additionally, one of the most-loved categories, the People’s Choice Award, returns this year and is sponsored by Hastoe Housing Association. This award celebrates an individual who have made an outstanding contribution to their community business and the wider community. Last year, it was won by Ronald Thorne from Chittlehamholt Village Shop.

James Alcock, Executive Director at Plunkett Foundation, says “We have seen first-hand how community businesses have transformed the lives of people throughout the UK and we are delighted to be running our awards again this year. We see some incredible stories and we hope that these will inspire others to consider starting their own community business.”

Applications will be welcomed until Friday 14 September with winners to be announced at a special awards ceremony later this year.

 Whether you are part of a community business, have supported one in the past or have a favourite you can nominate them by visiting www.plunkett.co.uk/awards.

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