New Chair of HRCS
Following the resignation of Andrew Norton who had carried out the duties of Chairman for a temporary period we are delighted to announce the election of Emma Gilman as the new Chair of HRCS.
Tenth Anniversary Celebration
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But Who Did It?
When we all woke up this morning, there was a lovely big banner across the front of the shop – see the attached picture!
All of us working to keep the shop running would like to say our big “thank-you” to those people who took the trouble to make and erect the banner – it was much appreciated..
New blood for the Management Committee
The last Annual Members’ Meeting saw the departure from the Committee of Salle Wroblewski, Mike Shaw, Judy Craig and Les Farris and we are very grateful to all of them for their varied contributions to the work of the Committee. We were delighted to see Pippa Reynolds elected to the Committee at the AMM but this still left us with rather depleted numbers. However, we are delighted to report that at our last meeting, we co-opted Sheila Hayler, who has offered to alternate with Jean Roberts as Minutes Secretary and also Poppy Kennedy, whose appointment at a stroke reduced the average age of the Committee by several years…. We are delighted to have someone on the Committee to represent the particular interests of younger families.
Thank you Sheila and Poppy and we look forward to working with you!
Annual Members’ Meeting for year ending 30th September 2019
56 members of the HRCS Ltd attended the 8th Annual Members Meeting in St. George’s Hall on 14th February 2020. The Chairman of the Management Committee, David Clements, was able to report another satisfactory year, with profit before tax of £7,189 well ahead of the budget figure of £5,307, although slightly down from last year’s figure of £8,027. Shareholders’ funds increased from £254,836 to £260,574. Shop sales rose significantly from £220,417 to £233,671 but the operating profit was eroded by lower gross margin and also higher salary costs which reflect the increase in the National Living Wage. Total turnover of the business exceeded a quarter of a million pounds for the first time.
Looking to the year ahead, it has started well with sales and gross margin significantly up on last year but the main challenge we face is to find a replacement for our much-loved Jillian, who will start a well-earned retirement later this year. Nonetheless, we face the future with confidence.
Our SHOP Runner-up in 2019 Plunkett Awards
Once again, Our SHOP was Runner-up in the Better Business section of the 2019 Plunkett Foundation Awards. Manager Jillian Fawcett went up to London on 28th November 2019 for the prize-giving, held in the impressive surroundings of Burlington House. Congratulations to Jillian and her team and all our volunteers who make the shop such a success.
Our SHOP Shortlisted for 2019 Plunkett Award!
We have just heard that we have once again been shortlisted for an award in the 2019 Plunkett Foundation’s Rural Community Business Awards.
We are one of three shortlisted in the Horace Plunkett “Better Business” category, which recognises communities that find solutions to their needs through cooperation and enterprise.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 27th November 2019. Wish us luck!
A big welcome to Kerri Julier, who has joined the Our SHOP team as Julie Pearce’s replacement. Kerri lives with her partner in South Petherton and has two children aged 19 and 7. She says “I like to shop locally and make things to reduce the impact on the environment (as well as baking cakes!) and I like to support the local community”. After a career as a civil servant, Kerri worked for Tesco for 4 years and has extensive prior Post Office experience, which has enabled her to slot seamlessly into the team.
Interestingly, we used Facebook for the recruitment process and managed to find several suitable candidates, saving a large amount of money that would otherwise have had to be spent on advertising.
Our SHOP Spring Newsletter
The Spring edition of the newsletter is available to view and download here.
Our SHOP Retains 5 Star Food Hygiene Rating
Brilliant News – Following a visit from the local food and safety unit we have retained our 5 star rating!
Annual Members’ Meeting For Year Ending 30th Sept. 2018
50 members of the HRCS Ltd attended the 7th Annual Members Meeting in St. George’s Hall on 15th February 2019. The Chairman of the Management Committee, David Clements, was able to report another successful year, with profit before tax up from £5,964 to £6,757 and an increase in shareholders’ funds from £247,989 to £254,836. Other financial highlights included using some surplus cash to pay down £10,000 of the mortgage, which stood at £160,818 at 30th September 2018.
David presented the following two slides, which are based on information abstracted from a recent survey of Community-owned shops:
Other survey statistics:
- 57% of shops have a mix of paid staff and volunteers.
- Only 26% of shops own their freehold.
- 43% of shops have a cafe.
- 59% of shops have a Post Office.
Conclusion: We’re not doing badly!
Our SHOP selected as Rural Community Ownership Awards Runner-up for 2018
We are delighted to announce that we have been announced as a runner-up for this year’s Plunkett Foundation ‘Investing in Local People’ award sponsored by Suma Wholefoods. The Rural Community Ownership Awards are an annual celebration of community businesses from across the UK. This year, the Awards had over 50 entrants and we are delighted to have been chosen as a runner-up for this category. Members of the team attended the Awards Ceremony in London on 5 December – see picture.
Our SHOP Newsletter – Winter 2018
The latest copy of our newsletter is available here.
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