We provide a one-stop shop of support for predominantly rural communities looking to set up and run a range of community-owned co-operatives. Our support includes a full-time team based at our main office who respond to enquiries by phone and email. We also have a network of advisers, mentors and specialists based across the UK ready to help. In addition, we produce a range of tools, resources and information available online to help communities through every step of the process.
Plunkett is the only national organisation supporting the development of community-owned village shops in the UK. Through a dedicated team, specialist support programmes and online, phone and face to face support, Plunkett is able to support communities to open new community-owned shops and to help existing community-owned shops to thrive.
We promote and support the development of a range of other community enterprise types using the community co-operative model, from farms and woodlands to bookshops and pubs.
We dedicate time and resources to promoting the 'Plunkett approach' to solving rural issues - we aspire to helping more people, in more communities, to use co-operative approaches to tackle a wider range of issues. Through this work we develop and influence policies relevant to rural communities and community-owned enterprises. We also promote community-owned enterprises, co-operatives and social enterprises to rural communities through a range of events, partner networks and high profile press and media campaigns.
Plunkett also undertakes a range of consultancy work for public, private and civil society organisations.