Community shops: a better form of business 2019

This state of the sector report from the Plunkett Foundation, funded by Power to Change, shows community shops thriving and making a significant contribution to community development. In 2018:

  • 16 new shops opened
  • 363 community shops were trading in the UK by the end of the year
  • £541,000 total share capital was raised from their communities by newly opening shops
  • Community shops had an average turnover of £153,500 p.a. – representing over £50 million in total for the sector
  • There were approximately 160 full-time and 860 part-time staff employed within the community shop sector
  • Averaging at around 20 volunteers per shop, the sector had a workforce of around 6,000–7,000 volunteers

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