The Natural Foodstore in Diss has been run as an independent whole foods retailer for over 3 decades. Marian, the owner is retiring and we need YOUR help to buy the business and turn the shop into a workers' cooperative. There are many benefits to becoming a cooperative, as outlined below.
Firstly, we can continue to offer experienced and knowledgeable service and excellent products to our customers at competitive prices, as the cooperative will be a not-for-profit enterprise.
As a cooperative, the existing staff shall make collective decisions on all aspects of running the shop. We pride ourselves on being a customer led shop that responds to the needs of our customers and tries out new products. We always welcome feedback and ideas.
We shall keep up the high ethical and qualitative standards that Marian has instilled in the Natural Foodstore. We do not stock products that have involved the exploitation of people, animals or the environment.
We plan to increase our involvement within the local community and embrace the philosophy of mutual aid that underpins the cooperative movement.
In order to pay a fair price for the business and to make a few improvements to the shop, we need to raise the full amount of £10,000. If we reach this goal, we shall be in a financial position to buy the business and keep the shop going in the manner to which everyone is accustomed!
By donating, you will not only be supporting the small, local businesses that supply the shop and the loyal customers that rely on us, but also help in the continued employment and livelihoods of the passionate and experienced staff that work here, at the Natural Foodstore.
We'd like to thank you so much for taking the time to take a look at our fundraiser, we appreciate your support in whichever form and hope that you feel inspired by our cause.
Our Warmest Thanks,
The staff at the Natural Foodstore.
Risks and challenges
As we are a long established business, we are very confident that if we reach the fundraising goal, the road ahead will be smooth! We have an experienced and dedicated small team of inspirational women running the shop and wonderful customers that support us, including some that travel to us from further afield just to acquire the wholefoods and remedies that they cannot find elsewhere!
We would also like to freshen up the shop and give it a new lease of life as we evolve into a cooperative. Your donation will help in this. We are calling out for anyone nearby who might like to volunteer in lending a hand with practical skills in order to refresh the shop's interior!
We have been lucky enough to be offered a couple of small loans but it’s not sufficient to complete the sale! We need your help to continue running The Natural Foodstore as it is.
All of the staff here are well versed in the running and maintaining of the shop, so we are very confident that we can continue to offer unique, local products and service to our customers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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