Cockburnspath Community Shop launches share offer

It’s more than nine months since Cockburnspath Village Store shut its doors for the last time.

By Dawn Renton
Thursday, 19th November 2020, 6:00 am
Co-chairs Richard Copland and Marion Lauder.
Co-chairs Richard Copland and Marion Lauder.

Subsequently, a committee of determined locals launched the Community Shop Share Offer this week for a vital new community shop which will be run and owned by the community.

It is hotly anticipated that the community shop will open its doors in the New Year. The aim of the Share Offer is to raise £25,000 in six weeks to secure stock, staff and sustainability.

The initiative has received support from the Plunkett Foundation, Community Shares Scotland, the Community Council, the National Lottery, the local Windfarm Benefit Funds from Penmanshiel, Aikengall and Kinegar.

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Richard Copland, chair of the Community Shop Team, said: “We are now on the last leg. After our village store closed in February this year, we’ve worked tirelessly amongst the Covid restrictions to get this far.

“The final hurdle is to secure much needed community funds to get the community shop across the finishing line.

“Our extended community who purchase shares will have a say in the running of the enterprise as a shareholder”.

The Community Shop Team is leasing the site adjacent to Cockburnspath Village Hall and football field in the heart of Cockburnspath.

Richard continues: “A modular building will be placed on the site for three years until a permanent structure can be found or built.

“It’ll attract many new customers as it will offer something bespoke for tourists and walkers as they start or end the Southern Upland Way.

“The first bit of grass from the field will be moved by the end of the month to enable a platform to be constructed with the assistance of local volunteers and the expertise from Aikengall Windfarm Contractors. This venture is truly a local investment.”

The community shop will be run by the newly established Cockburnspath Community Enterprise Limited, a Community Benefits Society, which is registered with the Financial Conduct Authority (No. 8465).

The share offer began on Monday, November 9 and will run until December 11.

Richard goes on to comment that “Each share is £10 and a maximum of £2,500 shares can be bought. Every shareholder has one vote and it’s here in Cockburnspath that are community are more than a customer, they are an investor”.

In the backdrop of Covid restrictions, it’s proved that the community shop will be a focal point for enhancing the local economy, local employment and keep the community resilient and healthy.

The community shop will commence a recruitment campaign for two paid members of staff who will be supported by local trained volunteers.

For further information about the shop and how to invest in this homegrown initiative take a look at: shop.copathandcove.org