Bùth Bharraigh, Barra’s new community venture, is gathering a good head of steam as visitors and residents come through the doors of this new social enterprise.
Sarah Maclean, Project Manager said: “From very small beginnings last year we have developed into a vibrant community shop stocked by over 50 local producers. We are extremely pleased with what we have been able to achieve in a short space of time and we are very grateful for all the support we have received from all over the world. However, this is just the beginning and we have a long way to go to reach our full potential.”
Bùth Bharraigh is a sales point for local producers providing customers easy access to high quality local produce including food, crafts and photography. Bùth Bharriagh also sells produce from nearby that are not produced on Barra for example Hebridean Sea Salt,Isle of Mull Cheese and Skye Chocolate and products requested by residents that are not sold in any other outlets in Barra.
In the last six weeks the fledgling venture has brought in over £6,000. Every £1 brought into the shop equates to £2.59 to the local economy so a shop like this is extremely important to the islands of Barra and Vatersay. It provides local producers an outlet and opportunities to develop their crofts or hobbies. Eighty per cent of the sales price of the locally produced items goes back to the producers.
In order to keep the overheads down the shop is completely staffed by volunteers and there are other volunteering opportunities including communications, finance and maintenance.
As Bùth Bharraigh progresses many people have been following the journey on the facebook page (www.facebook.com/buthbharraigh) and this has even brought in sales from as far away as Australia!
The next aim of the enterprise is to be granted a long-term lease on a building from CnES. This will allow them to continue trading and develop the business to continue to provide an excellent service for local producers and customers.
From Monday the shop will now be open sevem days a week instead of just four. Please do pop in and see what the people of Barra and Vatersay and Bùth Bharraigh have to offer.