Power to Change are launching More than a pub, a new £3.62 million two-year community pub business support programme with the Department for Communities and Local Government, to help people take control of their local pub for the benefit of the community. The Minister for Community Pubs Marcus Jones MP will be announcing the fund this evening.
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.
The programme will be led by Plunkett Foundation and delivered in collaboration with leading organisations within the sector, including CAMRA and Pub is the Hub.
For more information about the programme go to www.plunkett.co.uk or find @peoplesbiz on twitter.