We are sorry to say that our lovely Julie has decided to retire in August and she will leave a big hole in Our SHOP’s staffing. We are now urgently looking for her replacement to join our small and friendly team. If you are interested or know of somebody who might be interested in the job, please see the advertisement on the “Get involved->Vacancies” web page.
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!
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.