Village SOS

Village SOS is a major initiative from the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) and the BBC. Six UK villages with a great business idea have been teamed up with six enterprising individuals to help them achieve their ambitions. Together they will create a brand new venture that will bring life and energy to the village.

Find out more about the six selected projects on the BIG website.

A BBC One series airing later in 2010 will follow the new enterprises from start-up to trading. Village SOS also aims to make an impact beyond the six villages featured in the TV series with a major BBC Learning campaign to promote rural enterprise across the UK.


Villages with a bright idea

Rural villages with fewer than 3,000 people and an idea for a new business to bring energy and life back to the community were encouraged to apply to take part in Village SOS. The idea could be to set up a local shop, an online retail enterprise, a manufacturing, arts or tourism business, a festival, a venture involving the restoration of an ancient building - anything, as long as it has the potential to grow and make a profit for the village. Any kind of voluntary or community group from a local festival committee to a village history society could apply for one of the six Lottery awards of up to £400,000 each.


Village Champions

We put out a call for Village Champions, people with a successful track record in running a business or project and who like the idea of working for a community-run enterprise. The successful Village Champions have the charisma, confidence and know-how to help breathe new life into a rural community and to make the most of the local talent. They are also prepared to move to the village to live and work there for a year.


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