Community Retail

Community Retail

Community Retail

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
  • Premises
  • Funding
  • Legal structures
  • Business planning
  • Retail legislation
  • Involving the community
  • Volunteer training
  • Employment issues
  • Pricing policy
  • Stocking local food
  • Sustainability
  • Countywide support network

For more information contact Tessa Hall, our Community Retail Adviser

Newsletter

Community First Oxfordshire produces a regular community retail newsletter. Content from the latest edition included: latest news from community shops; Tesco taking over Booker’s; buying alcohol from approved wholesalers; business rates relief changes.

Recent newsletters:

Oxfordshire Community Shops

Community First Oxfordshire supports the following community shops in Oxfordshire:

Shop Year Established
Appleton Community Shop 2000
Ascott Community Shop 2003
Bladon – Pop up Shop held in Church rooms on Fridays 2015
Brightwell cum Sotwell Community Shop 2010
Chadlington Quality Foods 2002
Charlbury Good Food Shop 1996
Coleshill Village Shop 2004
East Hagbourne Community Shop and Post Office 2001
Ewelme Store 2009
Filkins Village Shop 2005
Finstock (Three Villages Shop) 2004
Hanney Community Shop 1986
Iffley Community Shop and PO 1999
Islip Village Shop 2000
Little Milton Shop and Post Office 2009
Marcham Community Shop and Post Office 2012
Radley Community Shop 2007
South Stoke Community Shop 2013
Tackley Village Shop and Post Office 2004
Wootton Community Shop 2007

Testimonials

‘The community shops advisory service has been and continues to be invaluable.’
Cherwell District Community Shop

‘CFO were a great help to the village shop group.’
South Stoke community shop volunteer

Community Shops Newsletter – Autumn 2016

Read the latest newsletter from Tessa Hall : Community retail newsletter autumn 2016

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