More Than A Pub: The Community Pub Business Support Programme

Earlier this month during CAMRA's Annual Parliamentary Reception, Pubs Minister Marcus Jones MP announced an exciting new scheme to help community groups purchase their local pub. 

More than a pub: The Community Pub Business Support Programme is a £3.62 million initiative jointly funded by the Department of Communities and Local Government and Power to Change to increase the number of community-owned pubs in England.

The project will be led by the Plunkett Foundation and delivered in collaboration with a number of partners including: CAMRA, Co-operative & Community Finance, Co-operative Mutual Solutions, Pub is the Hub and Locality.

What help is available?

1. A package of support including an advice line, events, workshops, peer-to-peer study visits and business development advice
2. Flexible bursary awards of up to £2,500 to fund pre-feasibility costs such as public consultations and valuations
3. Combined loan and grant funding up to £150,000

More information:

To find out if you are eligible to apply for this scheme and for more information please visit:

Hear from Pubs Minister Marcus Jones MP on the initiative here