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28th March 2015:

West Oxford Business Awards - the results!

We had a lovely evening yesterday but sadly did not come home with a first prize in either category.

We have, however, returned with two splendid certificates which we were very proud to receive.  One is for the retail category and the other for a micro business. We also had lots of support from fellow business people as well as being sort out by one of the judges who, in her words said we were just pipped at the post and encouraged us to try again next year.

We are sure that what makes us stand out is the support we get from the community which we value very highly. So, as ever, a big thank you from TVS to all of you who helped us get this far.  Maybe we will see what happens next year!

The Tackley Village Shop has received a top award from The Plunkett Foundation in its first ever UK Rural Community Ownership Awards. Below is the press release issued by The Plunkett Foundation.

Community-owned enterprises celebrate winning top UK awards


Five community shops and one co-operative pub have won prestigious awards from the Plunkett Foundation.


The Plunkett Foundation has announced the six winners of their first ever UK Rural Community Ownership Awards to celebrate the committed teams of people who come together to deliver vital services to their community whether a community land trust or wood, community shop or bookshop, café or co-operative pub. The winners were announced at a national ceremony on 2 July.

Peter Couchman, Chief Executive at Plunkett, said: "Congratulations to the six winners of the first ever Rural Community Ownership Awards.  The awards recognise the wide range of rural social and community enterprises that help rural communities through community-ownership to take control of the issues affecting them. It has been a difficult task to pick winners from the enterprises shortlisted as each and everyone one of them is fantastic in their own right."

Winners of the awards are:

Category 1 - Better Finance sponsored by Triodos Bank

Brockweir and Hewelsfield Village Shop, Gloucestershire

Category 2 - Better Co-operation sponsored by Co-operative and Community Finance

Bentley Community Pub, Suffolk

Category 3 - Better Environment sponsored by Ecology Building Society

Tackley Community Shop, Oxfordshire

Category 4 - Better Communities sponsored by Hastoe Housing Association

Siop Gymunedol Pwllglas, Denbighshire

Category 5 - Better Display sponsored by Wine Box Company

Hampstead Norreys Community Shop, Berkshire

Category 6 - Better Services sponsored by Suma

Rowde Village Shop, Wiltshire

The efforts of these six communities have been recognised by the Plunkett Foundation who had shortlisted eighteen community-owned enterprises for the six national awards, designed to recognise what makes community-owned enterprises great - their co-operative ethos, their community engagement and their approach to overcoming the problems they face together.

Community-owned enterprises are sustainable, democratic forms of businesses that succeed where commercial ventures have failed. In a climate that sees around 400 commercial village shops close each year and in the region of  28 pub closures a week, community-owned shops and co-operative pubs not only represent a better form of business, they directly respond to some of the key challenges facing rural communities today such as lack of services and isolation.

Plunkett Foundation Rural Community Ownership Awards (http://www.communityshops.coop/csf-2014/awards) celebrate the wide range of rural social and community enterprises that help rural communities through community-ownership to take control of the issues affecting them.

The Plunkett Foundation (www.plunkett.co.uk) is the centre of expertise for rural communities across the UK looking to take control of the issues affecting them. Plunkett helps communities to set up enterprises in rural areas that are owned and led by those communities. We also support existing rural community enterprises by providing a range of support services.  We do this by:

o    Helping rural communities across the UK to set up and run community-owned shops and establish a wide range of other community-owned rural services such as co-operative pubs

o    Promoting and supporting the development of community food and farming enterprises

o    Advocating and raising awareness amongst policy makers, support organisations and rural communities themselves of the ability of rural communities to take control through community-ownership of the issues affecting them.

To-date 316 community-owned shops and 27 co-operative pubs have opened. Further information on the Plunkett Foundation's support for community-owned village shops can be accessed on www.communityshops.coop and co-operative pubs at www.pubs.coop.

Rural Community Ownership Awards winners:

Category 3 - Better Environment sponsored by Ecology Building Society

Winner - Tackley Community Shop, Oxfordshire


The team from Tackley Community Shop have won this award as they work collaboratively to ensure where ever possible they endeavour to supply local produce in order to minimise food miles and maximise support to local suppliers. The shop, along with the community hall and two churches applied for and were awarded funding for a British Gas Greenstreets project.  23% of the village households signed up to energy audits, monitored fuel consumption and made environmental modifications to their homes.  The shop fitted solar panels to the shop premises which provides a feed-in tariff which offsets energy bills for four community buildings. Ground source heating was installed which feeds radiators for the shop and hall.  

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