PRESS RELEASE: Boost for Community-Owned Shops
Community Retailing Network
Community-owned shops in Scotland are set to receive a boost with the announcement of a new three-year funding package for their support organisation, the Community Retailing Network (CRN).
The package is made up of £82,100 from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, £36,000 from Highlands & Islands Enterprise and £15,000 from The Co-operative Group.
There are currently 21 community-owned shops across Scotland and a further eight under development. CRN co-ordinator Kirsty MacColl said:
“We are getting new enquiries almost every week. More and more communities see this model as an alternative to losing their local shop and services.
“The local shop is what holds a community together and keeps it going. This funding will allow us to promote community ownership more widely and signpost the practical support that is available for both new and existing shops.”