For the first time in over 50 years Tywardreath has a new shopkeeper of the village shop. Local resident Tom Larkin has taken over running the shop with support and financial backing from the new owners Trudy Thompson and Josh Taylor of Hunter Grange Investments Ltd.
Tywardreath Village Shop had been on the market for sale as a going concern for some time and without a commercial buyer it risked being sold for residential development when the previous owners retired.
Since moving their coaching business to Tywardreath over 2 years ago Trudy and Josh have inspired and supported hundreds of local people to create their own community ventures, social enterprises and micro businesses.
They couldn’t stand by and watch the community lose their shop, so they stepped up to save it with a pioneering social investment plan to run the shop alongside their small business incubator hub in the village.
Over 300 local people invested peer to peer loans to help the business partners buy the shop and fund the start-up phase. And the business collaborates with dozens of local small business who supply products and services through the shop.
With this level of local involvement, the shop has gone from strength to strength under new management this month – improvements happened instantly to modernise the business and the turnover increased dramatically to almost double overnight.
It has been popular for decades with local residents for its local suppliers – Trewithen dairy products, Niles bread, Colin Carter eggs and Ray Davies bacon.
The shop now has a cash machine and wider range of good value, locally sourced and branded products. Card payments are now taken and it is open longer hours from 7am to 8pm.
Tom is also expanding the home delivery service to other local villages such as Golant – it is already a lifeline for many elderly and housebound residents who rely on it for their groceries and newspaper deliveries. By the end of this month local residents will also be able to order online for delivery or collection.
If you run a small business in Tywardreath or the local area and want to supply Tywardreath Village shop or collaborate with Trudy or Josh at Hunter Grange Investments to grow your business, either visit the shop or contact them via the www.tywardreath.co.uk website.
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We often have shift work or more permanent positions available at the shop so we always like to hear from those who would like to work with us.
If you would like to apply for a job at Tywardreath Village Shop, please email us with a covering letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org