Community pubs: a better form of business 2020

This state of the sector report from the Plunkett Foundation, funded by Power to Change, shows community pubs thriving and making a significant contribution to community development. In 2019:

  • The community pub sector grew by 19% with 19 new pubs opening during the year
  • 119 known community pubs in total were trading across the UK at the end of 2019
  • The number of new enquiries to Plunkett from communities exploring community pub ownership was 154
  • The amount raised by all 19 newly opening community pubs was approximately £3.7 million from 3,718 new community shareholders
  • The average cost of purchasing a community pub during 2019 was £306,000 and the average set-up cost was £140,000 (but with wide variations)
  • Approximately 57% of capital required for the start-ups was sourced from community shares
  • No community pubs ceased trading or transferred out of community control into private ownership during 2019, maintaining an impressive survival rate of 100%

Want your local business to thrive?

Twine is a simple business intelligence platform which is designed to help local businesses thrive.