Published: 2nd Nov 2020

Community-owned pubs and shops have shown great resilience in the face of the pandemic, according to two new reports. The reports by the Plunkett Foundation examine how both community and pubs have fared over the last 12 months and the new restrictions, which have been imposed. According to the report on community shops, many reported ‘significantly increased uptake’ from local residents as supermarket delivery services struggled to cope with the increase in demand at the start of the lockdown in March and April. The report adds the sales turnover ‘soared’ for many as people were confined to their villages. ‘We’ve heard stories of diversification, ingenuity and determination,’ the report states. ‘From bulk-buying flour with volunteers bagging it up for individual sale, to sourcing new suppliers to find the goods for their customers, the people behind the shops did everything they could to keep serving their communities.’ The report on community … (To read the full article, subscribe below)