This free of charge event is open to anyone living in a rural community in the UK who wants to find out more about community co-operatives, why they work and the next steps to take. 

Whether you’re looking to save or open a shop, pub, woodland, renewable energy scheme, transport service, or anything else that your rural community needs, this event is a great way to find out more.   

Workshops will run throughout the day that will introduce you to some of the key topics that are relevant as you explore your idea further such as sources of funding, finding the right legal structure for your group and the ongoing support available. You'll also have the opportunity to hear first-hand from two  groups who set up their own co-operatives so that you can be inspired by their stories and learn how they did it.

The team from the Plunkett Foundation will be on hand all day to answer your questions and to give you loads of information as you explore your idea further.

You can download the event agenda here (opens in new window).

The event is taking place as part of the Rural Community Co-operatives project and is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. To find out more about the project please visit


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please email Sarah at or call us on 01993 810730

I'd like to find out more but can't make it on the day, what should I do?

If you're unable to join us on the day, please do give us a call on 01993 810 730. Our friendly team are happy to talk through your idea and would love to hear from you, whatever stage you're at. Our helpline is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can email us at

Is there a deadline to book tickets?

Places for this event are limited and available on a first come, first served basis so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Who is this event for?

Everyone is welcome to attend however this event is ideal for:

*People at the early stages of a community co-operative idea

*Those looking to save or create a community asset such as a shop, pub, woodland or transport service

*Groups interested in sourcing funded support to help further their community co-operative idea