Wymondham Community Bookshop

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Fearing the loss of the existing bookshop, which was run as a private business but was closing down, a group of local people wanted to take it over and run it as a social enterprise. The group got in contact with Community Action Norfolk and we reviewed the group’s business plan and funding options, providing advice and additional options for support. The group also valued our advice in setting up an appropriate legal structure for their new social enterprise. Community Action Norfolk’s development officers were able to go through the various options available supporting the group to identify the best structure for them. The group decided to establish a community interest company and we were able to provide support. We are pleased to say the bookshop is now open for business and one of the directors has become a Community Action Norfolk Peer Supporter.

Chris Kutesko, community bookshop director, said “I was so grateful for the excellent support received from Community Action Norfolk, it’s one of the reasons I become a peer supporter because I wanted to put something back into the organisation and contribute to its important work.”