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Benenden Community Shop aims to be the heart of the community.
For many people the shop provides an essential lifeline, for others, it is valued as a convenience which would be sorely missed. Some will discover something new.
Most importantly, the entire business will be run by the community for the community.
The store is staffed with professional management, supported by volunteers.
Benenden Community Shop Limited has over 300 shareholders who, together, have invested over £86,000.
Their investment has supported the refit of the shop premises with counters, chillers, and other equipment together with the purchase of initial stock. There is also a requirement for working capital to run the business. Shareholders are members of a Community Benefit Society under the terms of the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014. They are able to vote for, and stand for election to, a Management Committee that will have overall responsibility for the enterprise.