The Plunkett Foundation has been working with communities and advocating for communities to take control of their assets, such as pubs and shops, since 1919. This week they have released 2 new reports looking at the resilience of community shops and community pubs over the past year and the benefit they bring to communities.
- By the end of 2019 there were 372 community shops trading, with 12 having opened in that year.
- It is estimated that 225 full-time and 450 part-time staff were employed in the community shops sector in 2019. There are also an estimated 7000 volunteers.
- The community pubs sector grew by 19% in 2019, with a total of 119 community pubs trading at the end of 2019.
- There were 154 new enquiries about starting community pubs.
- The survival rate of community pubs was 100%, with no community pubs moving out of community control and in to private ownership.