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Report highlights value of community shops

The Plunkett Foundation has published a report highlighting the impact of community owned shops in the UK. According to the report there are 338 community owned shops in the UK, with 31 in Scotland. These shops provide vital services to 1,400 remote rural communities and have created 1,114 paid jobs and 9,605 volunteer positions.
The report highlights the performance and impact of these enterprises and analyses the innovative ways in which these organisations respond to the needs of their communities and in return how the communities support them.
The report is based on data sourced from the Financial Conduct Authority and Companies House, electronic questionnaires and follow-up telephone surveys, and additional information held by the Plunkett Foundation on every community shop. 

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