One week in…
A week into our new roles the members of the Committee are all feeling energised and very positive about the future of our Shop & Café. We have taken on board many of the suggestions that we have received and implemented some already. The Staff are fully committed and good communications between us all - Manager, Staff, Committee and Community - will ensure that we work as a team with a united goal.
The new Committee has received excellent welcoming support from the Big Lottery Fund and the Social Investment Business (Community Builders) who didn’t invest in just a shop, but in a community venture that includes a shop. While we are committed to the social outcomes of the enterprise, we do have to operate profitably. We are therefore delighted to report that trading figures have risen consistently with seasonal expectations and are above target. The sunshine has been an excellent bonus!
The building is coming into its own and now has a sense of belonging. It’s been wonderful to see the Hub Lunch Club enjoying the space and bringing so much happiness. Coffee time is always buzzing with plenty of customers and in the afternoons we are welcoming a constant stream of parents and children. Watch this space for new events, ideas and initiatives.
We can’t please all the people all the time, but we will always be looking for ways to improve things. To help reduce duplication we will publish a summary of suggestions on the website.
Here’s to a great summer in our new premises and a long and successful future. Please continue to support the Shop, the Café and the Hub so that the community can continue to benefit from this wonderful and vital asset.
The Committee and Chris