Running a shop is a steep learning curve. Window dressing is one of the skills that has been mastered already. We plan to have themed window displays to link into local and national events. This is the current window to tie in with the Malvern Spring Garden Show. Unlike the real show there’s no mud to be seen!
We’ve a good range of garden and nature books in stock. If the rain gets too much for you pop in for a browse and a coffee.
Last night we held our first evening talk with local author Fiona Robyn. Fiona gave a fascinating insight into her writing process. Starting with characters she clearly loves her books take on a life of their own where, sometimes, things happen that Fiona has little control over.
The Most Beautiful Thing is Fiona’s fourth novel. She talked about the pitfalls of getting published and why it may make sense to give your book away! Writing is clearly one of the easier parts of making your way as an author.
Our next author event is on the 12th May when Loretta Proctor will be in the shop signing copies of her new novel Middle Watch.
We have been open for nearly two weeks now. The response has been great. We are mastering ‘the beasts’ (the coffee machine, till and computer system). If you have not been in to see us we’d love to see you. If you have been in do come again; the book stock is changing everyday as we order new titles.
You can find our opening times and location here
Well we are open! Day one trading complete and members will be happy to know that over £500 will be in the bank tomorrow morning! Staff were frazzled but happy at the end of the day.
On Wednesday the rest of our stock will arrive and we hope to open the second room. This stock will be the fiction for grown ups ( I can’t bring myself to say ‘adult fiction’ as that has too many smutty connotations).
As of today we have a feed where we will post quick updates and offers etc. You can follow us @malvernbookcoop .
The next thing we would like is to prepare a list of members’ favourite books – we can recommend them to our customers! If you post them here with a short recommendation we can order copies to stock in the shop. If you can’t choose just one recommend more!
The membership offer has been going really well. we now have enough financing to open and stock the shop…
The membership offer has been going really well. We now have enough financing to open and stock the shop…
Shop fitting underway….
Shop fitting underway….
Well things have been moving on quickly since the public meetings with applications coming in steadily! We have now sold about 80 shares and so we are progressing nicely. If you are interested in buying shares then please send your application to us at the shop – 2 St Ann’s Road and we will be delighted to process it. Once this is done we will send you a confirmatory email/letter and issue a share certificate later.
Things are also happening in the shop. We have sourced shelves which will be collected soon and installed after a lick of paint. A joiner is coming in to build us a counter and the first book order has been placed! We are now planning our opening which will be during the easter holidays – date to be confirmed. All very exciting!
So thanks for all your interest and comments. Please keep ideas and offers coming in (we have had an offer of a laptop and PC so thanks). We would love to hear from you with ideas for events and would welcome any offers to run one of these. We will update the blog again soon with news of our opening date.
Well the time has come to go public and ask for support in a tangible form. If you are coming along to one of the public meetings we’ll explain the membership share scheme in detail. If you can’t make it then here is a potted version.
To finance the Co-op we need a minimum of £25,000. This will cover the start-up costs, the costs of stocking the shop and our ongoing working capital requirement. We plan to raise this money by selling membership shares and by borrowings. If we borrow we need to pay interest and repay the loan. This is a significant cost. The more we raise from shares the less interest we pay and the more viable the business is. If we could raise all £25,000 from share sales we would pay no interest and save about £6,600 each year in interest and loan repayments. We have started thinking of costs in terms of books sales. £6,600 is about the profit we would earn from selling 1,500 books!
We are selling shares of £50 each. You can buy as many as you like up to a maximum of £2,500 worth. Of course we would like you to buy as many as you can! However many you buy you will have just one vote in meetings. The shares are ‘withdrawable’. This means they are not like the shares in a normal company. You cannot sell your shares and their value will not go up and down. If the shop makes a profit we can return it to members either as ‘divi’ based on the amount they purchase from the shop in a year (like the main Co-operative food shops do) or as interest on the amount they invest. This decision will be made each year at the Annual General Meeting. After 2 years you can apply to withdraw up to 25% of the amount you originally invested each year.
If you are thinking of investing then please read:
If you would like to invest then please fill in the application form.