Awards entries close this week! We have had a great response from members on our call for entries for the annual Rural Community Co-operative Awards but it is nearly deadline time! The Awards are designed to celebrate our inspiring Plunkett Members working together to improve their communities, to raise awareness of the issues that many rural people face and how they can overcome them through collaborative action. We welcome Plunkett Foundation Members applications until Friday 20 October with winners being announced at a special awards ceremony in London on Wednesday 6 December. Whilst living in the countryside can be wonderful, it can also be a struggle for many, particularly young families struggling to find work nearby or to afford to live locally, older people without a support network, or those who have recently retired and are looking for a new direction. However, for a growing number of people, becoming involved in a community-owned business can transform their lives, either by taking a driving role in addressing a local issue by setting one up, or by volunteering once it’s up and running. Why enter? Being shortlisted is a great accolade for you and your community as well as raising the profile of the overall sector, it is a great recognition for the achievements of individual communities across the UK. The shortlist will be announced in November and our team of judges are ready to decide a winner! Don’t miss out on your chance to be part of this special event – enter now!