Store is the Core
Store is the Core is an advisory programme supporting village retailers across the South West. Managed by Community First (Wiltshire) with funding from the Rural Development Fund for England (RDPE) the programme aims to support 150 village shops over the course of the project. Store is the Core is able to support independent and community retailers across the whole region through Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Bath and North East Somerset and Gloucestershire. Support may include a combination of expert retail/ business advice and training plus a local mentor to help shops engage better with their community and support in accessing any potential grant opportunities (support ends Sept 2013).