With 400 community shops closing each year, the Foundation designed the awards to recognise the efforts of local communities that had taken control of their local shops to save them from closing down.
The winners, announced during a national ceremony on 26 June, were selected from eighteen shortlisted community-owned shops.
James Alcock, Head of Frontline at Plunkett, said: “Congratulations to the six winners of the first ever Community Shops Awards. We have been overwhelmed by the response from community shops who have embraced the opportunity to highlight the aspects of their enterprise they feel most proud of. It has been extremely difficult to pick winners from the community shops shortlisted, all of whish were fantastic in their own right.”
The Awards were rewarded to the six community shops for excellence in various areas. Almondsbury Community Services Association won the award for contributing to community life. The shop worked with local service providers to offer additional community services and gave over £10,000 to local causes.
Feckenham Community Shop Association was honoured for rewarding volunteers. The shop is completely run by volunteers and has an ingenious system of seven-day managers.
Appleton Community Shop was rewarded for its efforts to put co-operation in action and Fwelme Village Shop received an award for its creative display.
Plunkett also awarded Itteringham Community Association for retail innovation and Blockley Co-operative Association for better business.
With a five-year survival rate for small businesses in the UK, community ownership has proved to be a sustainable model for local shops, with a 96 per cent success rate. There are currently 311 community owned shops across the UK.