The Gardener’s rest – one of Sheffield’s most bohemian boozers is finally in the hands of its regulars. With 420 local people investing between £100- £5000, the pub has been secured through community shares that totalled £236,000.
This coupled with a £50,000 grant through the More than a Pub programme funded by Power to Change and the Department for Communities and Local Government, and a £50,000 loan from Key Fund meant that the pub is in community ownership.
The pub offers much more than pints, it offers local people space to hire for their own community events, and there are plans to open job opportunities to people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health problems. Recognising that these groups of people were in danger of slipping out of the workforce.
Read more about how the community worked together to own and run this pub, here
Funding your Community Pub Business: Exploring Community Ownership.
If this is something that might interest you, an event takes place on Wednesday 22nd November in Sheffield.
The More Than a Pub Community Pub Business Support Programme is offering a Free, Investment Readiness Workshop, for community pub projects; presented in association with Key Fund ‘Growing Enterprise in Communities’.
Whether your group is starting out on its journey into community ownership or in the final stages of securing a business, this half day workshop will guide you through all you need to know about taking on social investment. There will also be an opportunity at the end of the workshop to stay and meet members of the Gardeners Rest Community Society Steering Group and hear more about how they took ownership of their beloved local.
Event information and tickets (free) here