Rural Community Ownership Awards 2018
Hosted by the Plunkett Foundation, the Annual Rural Community Ownership Awards celebrate the contribution community businesses make to creating ‘resilient, thriving and inclusive rural communities’. There were 50 applicants for the 6 different categories this year.
Huge Congratulations to the three Oxfordshire community shops who were shortlisted for the awards and to Sandford Talking Shop who in the end became the overall winners in their category of ‘The Little Things’ award.
Talking Shop, had great feedback from all their customers and this is what helped them to win the award. Here is an article in the Herald Newspaper about their success
Ewelme Village Store, were shortlisted for the People’s Choice Award because of an outstanding individual in the community who has given a lot of her time to help the business.
Appleton Community Shop were shortlisted for the ’Community Story of the Year Award’ because of all the support that they have in their community and for their coffee shop and monthly newsletter.
There are three other categories available for this award, they are
- ‘Diversifying to make a difference’
- ‘Investing in local people’
- The Horace Plunkett ‘Better Business’ Award.
You can read all about the awards ceremony here https://plunkett.co.uk/rural-community-spirit-celebrated-at-national-awards-ceremony/
The awards are designed to celebrate both the social impact that community business’ make, which improve the wellbeing of people in the local community, and the sustainability and innovation of the business.
Some of the stories behind the winners were to keep supplying necessary items to the community even with adverse weather conditions; protecting the environment by becoming ‘plastic free’; involving the whole community in the enterprise; becoming a vital resource; tackling loneliness and isolation by becoming a village hub where people can meet and chat.
To learn more about the awards visit the Plunkett Foundation website – perhaps your local shop or bakery deserves to be entered into this year’s awards later in the year.
Volunteer in your local Community in 2019
If reading about your local community shop has inspired you, why not join the team of lively volunteers who help to keep the shop going and who make it so successful?