CFO’s service to shops has continued to provide significant help and guidance to communities, including the impact of incorporating Post Office services within local shops. Changing economic and social factors are also making it more difficult for pubs to be maintained as sustainable businesses. To this end, CFO launched a new guide, Saving the Village Pub, to help an action group through the process of buying their local pub and maintaining it at the social heart of the community.
Oxfordshire now has over twenty community-owned shops operating or in development, most of which provide the only retail provision in the village. The level of community involvement varies widely from store to store, but the one factor that all of these enterprises has in common is that the community was not prepared to just sit back and do nothing when the village shop closed.
If your community has lost its shop, or your village shop is threatened with closure, CFO’s Community Retail Adviser is available to give one-to-one advice and guidance on how to set up and run a community-owned shop.
CFO offers personal advice and mentoring to community shop groups on:
- How to get started
- Legal structures
- Business planning
- Retail legislation
- Involving the community
- Volunteer training
- Employment issues
- Pricing policy
- Stocking local food
- Countywide support network
For more information contact Tessa Hall, our Community Retail Adviser