About Benenden's

Words Into Action

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.


Information for Shareholders

Benenden’s was launched with the help of around 350 shareholders, and volunteers and helpers across the village. The share offering meant Benenden Community Shop Limited were able to fit out the premises, and acquire infrastructure such as the Electronic Point of Sale System, Telephony & Broadband etc. It also provided the working capital which allowed us to maintain the stock, pay the salaries of the managers etc. Shares sold in the society (@ £10 each) raised some £85,000 and was supplemented with some small grants and loans.

This area of our web-site is designed to provide you with access to up to date operational and financial information.

Below you will find copies of all the documements for shareholders relating to the running of Benenden's Community Shop.


Benenden Community Shop Limited

This links through to the copies of the legal documentation related to our Community Benefit Society; such as our rules and our formal registration.

Keeping Shareholders and Volunteers Up to Date

Here you can find presentations, minutes, and documents presented at Shareholder Annual General Meetings, and copies of our annual Report and Accounts.  We also have regular update meetings for our Volunteers; so here you'll find the news we've shared with them too.   

Shareholders Reports

This area contains operational and financial updates