Categories of community pubs
There are four categories of community pubs:
- Community Owned: A pub where the freehold is owned by a *community group, but the pub may be run by a tenant or manager for the community group
- Community Run: A pub where the freehold is owned by private individual or a pub company but leased to and run by a *community group
- Community Supported: A pub that is neither owned by or run by a *community group, but where the community played a key role in helping to save a pub, and continue to have an influence on it's future. In some cases a pub which was involved in an active campaign to take into community ownership that was ultimately not successful, and is now not owned by a *community group.
- Active Campaign: A pub where there is an active campaign by a *community group to purchase or lease a pub
Types of owner (community owned pubs)
- Community Benefit Society: CBSs (or BenComs) are co-operatives, owned and controlled by a significant number of local people
- Co-operative Society: Registered under the same legislation as a Community Benefit Society, and so identical to a CBS
- Community Interest Company: CICs are social enterprises that use their profits and assets for the public good.
- Private Limited Company (1): A Private Limited Company that is considered to be community owned because there are a significant number of shareholders, and becuase of the aims and objectives of the organisation are to run the pub for the benefit of the community.
- Parish Council
*community group: A Community Interest Company, or a Community Benefit Society, or a parish council, or a private limited company with a large number of community shareholders.