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Community unites to save bookshop

A local community is helping to raise £20,000 to save a bookshop from closure after setting up a co-operative.

The store in Clevedon, North Somerset, was threatened with closure because its owner is retiring after 14 years, but it is now set for a new chapter in its life.

The Clevedon Community Bookshop Co-operative, with support from The Co-operative Group, has launched a community share issue to raise £20,000 to renovate and re-launch the shop.

More than 150 people have invested at least £10 to become members of the co-operative, which they hope will be a "novel" way of running the bookshop.

Angela Everitt, of the co-operative, said: "We've had an incredible amount of interest and support. We think it's important for the character of small independent shops to be preserved."

Michael Fairclough, The Co-operative Group's head of community and co-operative investment, said: "This is another example of a determined community having a say in the running of a business or services important to them."


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