An enthusiastic group met in the Hofn on Wednesday 25th June to discuss how the proposed shop would operate. All present contributed to the structure, who would benefit and the suggested opening times.
The following is a summary of what is being proposed.
Westray based groups who directly benefit Westray will be invited to register for a time allocation in the new shop. The frequency of allocations will be dependent on how many groups register and the number that can be slotted in on a weekly basis over the initial 6 months and will be drawn by way of a lottery.
To ensure groups are not overly advantaged or disadvantaged with seasonal fluctuations the following income structure is proposed. Weekly residences will run Monday to Sunday and any takings that week will be split as follows:
- 50% immediately retained by the resident group of that week
- 45% retained by Trust for 6 months and together with any interest will be shared on a pro-rata basis
- 5% retained by the Trust to cover operating costs and shop refreshments etc.
Groups will be expected to open the shop every Wednesday from 10:00 to 4:00, every Saturday from 10:00 to 1:00 and at any other time that they want to do so, providing that their additional opening hours have been publicised in advance. The Trust will coordinate with the groups and publish any additional opening hours.
A pool of unattached volunteers will be developed to assist groups who cannot fully meet the standard opening times.
Donated items will be accepted at any time during the working week and are to be gifted to the shop and not a particular group, charity or fund raising cause. It is hoped that all donations of clothing etc would be washed prior to being donated.
Groups will be expected to sort, price and rotate old stock during their week of residence. A common pricing guide and stock rotation process will be developed to assist groups.
Subject to the Trust obtaining the appropriate license, groups may run a raffle during their week of residence, retaining 100% of the income from it.
The name of the shop will be by competition. The school will be asked to create a list of potential names which, will be put to public vote. The pupil with the winning name will be invited to officially open the shop.
More information will be provided as soon as it’s known