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February 11, 2020

Making it easy

It goes without saying that community ownership is not for the faint-hearted but when it comes to the local shop or pub – so often the hub of community life in remote rural parts of the country – there are some very specific aspects of the enterprise that require particular consideration. Not that it seems to be deterring a growing number of communities from moving forward with plans to take on this particular form of community enterprise. Next month, groups at various stages of planning, along with some who have already taken the plunge, will be gathering to share their experiences. Everyone welcome.      

Morven Campbell, CSS

A shop or a pub can be the heart of a community, taking on a role well beyond its function, yet more and more are facing closure. To ensure these vital community assets are preserved, communities from across Scotland are coming together to take their shop or pub into community ownership.

Sign up to our free Community Owned Shops & Pubs event

in Edinburgh on Friday 13th March to learn exactly how to take your project forward.

Experts in community business will be there to help you understand everything you need to know, including fundraising, governance and engaging your community. There will also be opportunity to speak to those already running community businesses and to learn from their experience.

Please note:

Travel bursaries are available – please contact for more info.

We request that two representatives from your community attend in order to get the most from the workshop sessions available on the day.