Community Shops Fortnight

Community Shops Fortnight
Plunkett Community Shop Network
21.06.12

Shops across the UK set to celebrate the first ever Community Shops Fortnight!
Saturday 23rd June – Saturday 7th July 2012
**Apply for your Community Shops Fortnight promotions pack by 8th June**

277 rural communities across the UK have something special to celebrate. In a climate that has seen commercial village shops close at a rate of around 400 per year, they have rallied round and saved their shop from closure, reopening it under community ownership. But that’s not the only thing they should be celebrating. These 277 communities have gone on to build a committed team and engage with everyone in their community to keep their shop up and running, delivering a vital community service day in, day out.

In celebration of this achievement, Plunkett Foundation launched Community Shops Fortnight, which will mark the hard work, commitment and pride that ensures a community-owned shop succeeds long after the excitement of open day celebrations has passed.

Community shops across the UK will celebrate the achievement of running a community-owned shop and to raise the profile of this increasingly growing sector. The fortnight will celebrate individual shops with the aim of inspiring other communities to save their shop through community-ownership. It will also help to raise awareness of the community shop sector further afield, using the media to reach out across the social enterprise sector and wider networks.

Plunkett Foundation is calling for more community owned shops to join the celebrations and has a number of free promotional packs available to community-owned shops to celebrate the fortnight in style. Each shop will be provided with a range of materials, developed specially for the fortnight, including:
•    Posters;
•    Bunting;
•    Rosette badges;
•    Community Shops Fortnight ‘at a glance’ guides for volunteers and customers;
•    Event e-book guide on hosting a community event;
•    Community Shops Fortnight stickers;
•    Press release template to help promote your shop to local media.

The fortnight is fast approaching, if you haven’t yet completed and returned your application form for promotional materials please do so before Friday 8th June. All promotional packs will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Don’t miss out!

Application forms for the Community Shops Fortnight branded materials can be found below.

We will also be supporting a number of community-owned shop events through event bursaries – however applications for the bursaries has now closed due to high demand but if you would like to join a waiting list in case more funding becomes available please email Jonathan.Payne@Plunkett.co.uk.

There will also be a number of larger events being held within the fortnight. So watch this space to find out more. But make sure you let us know how you plan to celebrate Community Shops Fortnight in your village!

Community Shops Fortnight coincides with Co-operatives Fortnight, an established national campaign from Co-operatives UK to raise the profile of the wider co-operative sector.

If you would like to register your interest in celebrating the success of your shop in your community, please download an application form below, or email jonathan.payne@plunkett.co.uk  for more information.