Cletwr Wins National Award at Rural Community Business Awards

A community-owned shop and cafe, Cletwr, in Cwmni Cletwr, Tre’r Ddol, Powys, Wales, has won a national award for its work in supporting local people while remaining committed to stocking up local products, supporting local farms and producers, reducing waste and minimizing its impact on the environment.

Kind-hearted volunteers from Cletwr received the award from Dame Prue Leith DBE, restaurateur, chef and presenter, and Co-op, sponsors of the award.

The community-owned cafe and shop was one of seven inspiring community businesses across the UK to be recognized for their outstanding contribution to their communities and as the most inspirational businesses of their kind by the Plunkett Foundation through its Rural Community Business Awards. The awards are presented annually by UK charity Plunkett Foundation, which helps rural communities address issues of isolation, loneliness, employment and wellbeing, through community-owned businesses .

Cletwr directly supports local producers and farmers. It has 70 local vendors living within 15 miles of the store and is proud to support the livelihoods and homes of local farms that have provided food for many generations. It provides refill products that will reduce packaging and uses its food surplus as animal feed.

James Alcock, chief executive of the Plunkett Foundation, said:

“Cletwr has truly become the heart of its community, supporting local producers, providing essential goods and promoting a wide variety of Welsh cultural activities which provide a welcoming space for people to connect and improve their well-being. Every town and village should have a Cletwr.

The importance and benefits of community-owned businesses are recognized and supported by our event sponsors. The main sponsors of the Hastoe Housing Association awards campaign are joined by the award sponsors: Abri Group, Adnams; Ancora law; Cooperative; Cooperative and community finance; David Wilson Houses; Key Fund; Mr. JD Hughes, MO Architecture; Power to Change, Suma, The Retail Mutual; Thakeham; Triodos Bank and Your Co-op.

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