Whether your group is starting out on its journey into community ownership or in the final stages of securing a business, this half day workshop will guide you through all you need to know about taking on social investment. There will also be an opportunity at the end of the workshop to stay and meet members of the Gardeners Rest Community Society Steering Group and hear more about how they took ownership of their beloved local.

What will attendees come away with:

  • A better understanding of the More than a Pub Programme and the support on offer
  • A better understanding of the types of social investment available to community businesses
  • A better understanding of what  a loan provider is looking for from an application and what needs to be in place for a loan provider to be able to invest
  • A better understanding of what 'Investment Ready' means from a lenders perspective
  • A better understanding of what business planning and financial forecasting is required to satisfy an investor.


The workshop is free to attend. If you are no longer able to attend once you have booked a place, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can reallocate it; failure to do so will result in a charge of £15 to cover administration costs incurred.

Please note that due to limited space for the workshop we are only able to accept a maximum of 25 attendees, and no more than 2 representatives from each community pub group. However, the afternoon session at the Gardeners Rest has no limit.

The workshop is funded by Power to Change and the Department for Communities and Local Government and is delivered by Co-operative and Community Finance and Plunkett Foundation.  It is part of More Than A Pub: The Community Pub Business Support programme, a unique two-year programme established to help support community ownership of pubs in England. For more information about the programme, please visit www.plunkett.co.uk/more-than-a-pub.