We are a group of volunteers living in Glossop, Derbyshire working together to take a local bookshop which is closing, George Street Books in to community ownership.
We're raising £2,000 in working capital, enabling us to incorporate the organisation, cover legal fees associated with the purchase of the shop and set up a community share scheme to cover all the costs associated with buying the business and start up costs.
Based in the heart of the Dark Peak, George Street Community Bookshop will be a not-for-profit community business that exists to improve access to knowledge, learning and local cultural heritage to the people of Glossopdale and visitors to the area.
From bestsellers to radical free-thinkers, from children's stories to local and international history, the shop will establish an extensive and affordable literary resource.
The business will be a safe and inclusive local hub where the general reader can mix with parents and children, students and pupils, philosophers and browsers.
As a community benefit society, the business will encourage volunteer members to organise individually and collectively, book clubs, reading groups, visiting speakers, poets, musicians and other events of cultural interest.
It will be a place for local artists, authors and creative practitioners to showcase and sell their work and will play an integral role as part of Glossop’s wider cultural and creative sector.
As a co-operative business we subscribe to the seven Co-operative Principles: https://www.uk.coop/the-hive/is-a-co-op-right-for-you/getting-started/co-op-movement/values-principles