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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.
We have added some new bake-off products. During the week you can find olive and rosemary bread sticks and Monterrey Jack cheese twists.
On a Saturday nestling amongst the croissants, pain au chocolate, etc. you will find vanilla crème crowns. The smell is pretty amazing and is thanks to Rosamund and Sheridan for their baking skills!
Whilst sorting newspapers in the early hours, they also organise the bake-off, a lot to do in a short time before opening at Sam. A BIG thank you to them!