We did it
On 7th December 2018 we successfully raised £84,470 with 116 investors in 39 days

We aim to buy and re-open the Ploughshare pub, adding in a cafe and a shop to put some life and sense of community back into our village!

by Save the Ploughshare in Beeston, England, United Kingdom

Help Beeston Community Enterprises Ltd, a community benefit society formed by the residents of Beeston, to buy their local pub and return it to the thriving business it once was.

Beeston lost its shop in 2009, and in a recent survey of 250 local households the importance of keeping the pub was rated by the majority as 5 out of 5.  Residents also stated that a shop, café and decent, good value food were key to the longevity and success of the new community venture, which is exactly the plan for the future of the Ploughshare.

With an amazing history that can be traced back to 1575, The Ploughshare is the only remaining pub in the village of around 500 residents, and a true friendly Norfolk local.  In the past a thriving business, and visited regularly by many outside the village, especially from neighbouring villages who don't have their own pub, but sadly due to high rent and poor management it closed in January 2016.

Many local groups including the Cricket Club, paragliding club, friendly neighbours and lunchtime group and the clay pigeon shoot have pledged their support, as well as clubs, societies and patrons from further afield who regularly visit Beeston.  With a thriving business community and commercial units, plus several busy large working farms situated within the rural village of Beeston, it opens up the possibility of catering to more than just the residents.  Beeston also has a growing Ofsted rated 'Good' Primary School that attracts families from further afield and currently they buy in hot school lunches from outside the village, so another potential opportunity.

A detailed business plan has been drawn up and already £100,000 of funding has been secured through the Plunkett Foundation and Keyfund  Add to this the £70,000 raised from our first share offer and we're nearly there!

We have agreed a purchase price with the owner of £250,000 so we need to raise £80,000 to buy it and at least a further £20,000 to get it up and running. Therefore the target for our second community share offer is a minimum of £100,000 but £130,000 would enable us to carry out a refurbishment of the property.

The ambition is to provide a village hub amenity for the whole community to use. By sound management and entrepreneurial activity there is no reason why the Ploughshare won't become a profitable business that once established will be able to grant a percentage of profits each year to other village amenities, clubs and societies.

The Ploughshare will be run so that it is a sustainable business that can continue to provide services to the local community for the foreseeable future and reach out to the surrounding hamlets, farms and villages. This sustainability will be able to support the community in both social and economic ways by re-enforcing the already vibrant activities found there.

Beeston Brewery is a micro-brewery which operates in our village producing a selection of excellent beers. The local population want a local outlet for Beeston Brewery CAMRA award winning beers. This beer will be served in the pub along with lagers and other guest draught ales.  We will also offer wines, soft drinks, spirits and cider.

The immense support behind the campaign clearly backs up the fact that the residents, our future customers, are adamant the village needs a pub.  With vision and a strong management team, high levels of customer service and the right product offering,  the opportunities for the future are endless.

In conclusion Beeston Community Enterprises Ltd is committed to achieving the goal of buying and running The Ploughshare Pub “For The Community By The Community”.  It is essential that the fabric of a vibrant community way of life is secured for current and future inhabitants of Beeston and the surrounding area.  The social well-being of the community through clubs, societies and village gatherings will be enhanced by this venture.


A village Pub is the Hub of activity through communication, humour, music, eating and socialising across all age groups and social groups.

 We are determined to succeed in our efforts and would like to thank you in advance for buying shares in our community business

The pub is an essential part of the community.

Buying Community Shares

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Important documents
shareoffer business plan the rules

Levels of Investment

£50 or more

£50 Investment

Entry level, great start. This makes you a member of BCE and a shareholder in The Ploughshare Pub.

£100 or more

£100 Investment

Thank you so much! You clearly love The Ploughshare. We’ll see you in there for a drink when it opens!

£150 or more

£150 Investment

Now we’re talking – thanks for your investment. Your shares will mean that our pub is there for generations to come

£250 or more

£250 Investment

You must want to see the Ploughshare back open as much as we do! Thank you for your investment – you can be proud of what you’re doing for our community

£500 or more

£500 Investment

You’ve just bought yourself 50 shares in The Ploughshare – you’re a local hero! Your investment will mean we can reopen our crucial local community hub

£750 or more

£750 Investment

We’re blown away by your support for The Ploughshare and Beeston Community Enterprises. Your support means the world to our village!

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Investment

A ‘grand’ job! You’re the proud owner of 100 shares in The Ploughshare. Hold your head high, you community superstar.

£1,500 or more

£1,500 Investment

Beeston’s pub will reopen thanks to your investment. You really are helping us make sure that our village has somewhere for everyone to enjoy

£2,000 or more

£2,000 Investment

Your investment in The Ploughshare will mean that Beeston has a place for people to get together, socialise and enjoy!

£2,500 or more

£2,500 Investment

That’s 250 shares you’ve bought yourself in our village pub. Thanks for your investment, you’re a local hero.

£5,000 or more

£5,000 Investment

That’s a serious amount of money – thanks so much for what you’re doing for our village. What an investment!

£10,000 or more

£10,000 Investment

Wow. Just wow. You are helping secure the future of Beeston for years to come. A local superstar.

£20,000 or more

£20,000 Investment

You’ve maxed out! You’ve gone as high as it’s possible to go. Stratospheric! Thank you.

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