Community shop An Clachan in Leverburgh has recently celebrated a landmark retail sales figure in excess of £1,000,000.
This milestone does not include petrol & diesel sales which currently is a separate issue.
This achievement came to fruition by listening to customers, extending opening hours at the weekend, adding more lines, and making better use of retail floor space.
Meanwhile, the management group have been busy pruning the balance sheet, resulting in a healthy business that can continue to improve and reshape to meet the needs and aspirations expected from a 100 per cent community-owned business.
To facilitate this goal the shop’s management committee have now embarked on the process of applying for Charity Status.
The process will involve close scrutiny of all aspects of the business to satisfy the strict requirements of OSCR (Office of Scottish Charity Regulators).
For example, how profit is achieved and most importantly how this is then re-distributed back to serve and advantage the community.
If the application is successful, the benefits will be widespread. One possible idea put forward is to provide a fund to assist living costs when local school leavers take apprenticeships, or commence further education or university courses.
Other worthwhile constructive suggestions and feedback are always welcomed by the management group.