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1191: A successful community shop

This paper is summarised from “Humshaugh Community Shop: A case study of a successful community shop” by Timothy Walker and edited by Hilary Talbot of the Centre for Rural Economy, University of Newcastle. It reports research financed by the Northern Rural Network

Year of Publication2010

The successful and sustainable development of the Humsaugh community shop was the result of the synergy between solidarity, social capital and the capabilities of social entrepreneurs. The key ingredients to the success of social enterprises reside in communities with higher socioeconomic status. It is unlikely that community shops can address rural service provision or social exclusion in the poorest communities. One limitation of the study is that the research fails to capture the story of those who live in Humshaugh but do not use the shop so there remains an unanswered question over whether the community shop divides the community.

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