Community Bookshop, Crediton
Crediton Community Bookshop is the only independent community-owned bookshop in the Mid-Devon and Exeter area. It is an example of when faced with an important part of a communities heritage being closed, how a collection of interested and concerned local people can turn an idea in to reality.
Crediton Community Bookshop is the only independent community-owned Bookshop in the Mid Devon and Exeter area. It is registered with the Financial Conduct Authority as a society for the benefit of the community and is owned by almost 300 holders of £20 shares. It is managed by a voluntary committee, employs two part-time booksellers and has 20 volunteers.
In 2012, the founder of the bookshop decided to sell. A committee of 14 people formed to explore the idea of making it a social enterprise. Would the community support the idea? Could sufficient money be raised to buy the business? If they could, would people buy enough books?