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Plunkett Community Pubs

Plunkett Foundation, which has been supporting rural communities since 1919, has created this community pub network funded by ‘Power to Change’, the independent trust supporting community businesses in England. The network offers bespoke support to help community pubs set up and run sustainably.

It provides tailored advice and resources to increase your pub’s local social impact, create more formal opportunities for shared learning on top of Plunkett’s existing advisory services and, importantly, raises national awareness of the community-owned pub model.

We’ve already helped 38 community owned pubs open through the More than a Pub programme with Plunkett but there are many more that could be saved. Much more than just a place to drink, these are hubs that can bring back the heart to many communities, hollowed out by the loss of local services. And it’s not just funding that communities wanting to save their pub value, it’s also the knowledge they get from connecting with others who have done it before.

Jenny Sansom, The More than a Pub programme at Power to Change

In collaboration with other leading experts in the pubs sector including CAMRA, the British Institute of Innkeeping, the Beer and Pub Association and Co-operative and Community Finance, a suite of specialist resources and training modules have been created to make it even easier for communities to buy and run their local. Regular networking events will bring together the community pub sector, including visits to existing community-owned pubs.

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18 pubs are closing a week according to CAMRA and leaving big gaps at the heart of communities. In comparison, community pubs have a 100% survival rate.

Harriet English, Head of Engagement at Plunkett

Making An Impact In Our Communities

(Source: Better Business Report 2018)

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