Are you a community looking to save your local pub? Or maybe you want to transform your local pub so it provides services for your local community?

This £3.62 million, two-year Community Pub Business Support programme offers a comprehensive package of business development support, advice and loan and grant funding to community groups in England to help them establish community-owned pubs that can clearly demonstrate how they will bring significant social, economic and environmental benefits to their communities. Jointly funded by the Power to Change and the Department for Communities and Local Government, the programme is being led by Plunkett Foundation and delivered in collaboration with leading organisations within the sector.

The programme aims to support 80 community-owned pubs to open over two years and will offer a flexible package of support including access to an advice line, events, workshops, peer-to-peer study visits, and business development advice. It will also offer flexible bursary awards to fund very early stage activity, such as community consultation work, and a grant and loan package.

Interested? To find out more about the programme please call the programme advice line on 01993 810730 or visit


What is a community pub?

A community pub is owned and managed by the community. Decisions are made by the community and profits are reinvested into the business. As well as bringing people together by organising traditional pub events such as darts and quiz nights, it offers services that the community need. It could include a post office, a shop, a childcare service, a CV clinic, lunch groups for elderly people or health checks. It’s much more than a pub.

The Bevendean

Opened in December 2014, The Bevy is the first community-owned estate pub in the UK. Funded by over 700 shareholders and re-built and decorated by an army of volunteers, The Bevy serves more than pints and hot dinners. Find out more about how the community turned a rough pub with a bad reputation into a community hub.

opening of the post office at the Anglers Rest pub

The Angler’s Rest

When the post office and pub closed down, the community in rural Bamford decided enough was enough. They ran a community share offer and bought the pub. Since then they’ve included a post office, shop and lots of services for the local community. Find out more about how the community pub put the heart back in the village.

Bamford - a community business grant funded by Power to Change

How community control can help a pub to thrive

Responding to community need makes commercial sense and can help a community pub to become more sustainable. Watch this short film to find out how Bamford Community Society engage with their community.

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