Buth Bharraigh is a local produce community co-operative run by volunteers. With the help of a grant from Big Lottery Investing in Ideas, a feasibility study was set up in 2012 to ensure that there was a need for such a shop. After a successful Christmas, the Bùth Bharraigh re-opened in April 2013 and has been going ever since. In October 2013, it became a company limited by guarantee with co-operative principles, then on 7th December 2013 it moved to its current location, the old co-op building in Castlebay.
Buth Bharraigh hasseveral aims, including:
· To develop close and strong relationships with local sustainable food growers and producers, providing local businesses with new and/or increased revenue streams
· To encourage enterprise and diversification of crofts
· To make local produce more accessible to both residents and visitors
· To boost the local economy by keeping money on the island - every £1 spent on a local product generates £2.59 for the local economy. The same £1 spent in a supermarket only generates £1.40
· To provide meaningful volunteer and work placements
· To provide complimentary services that are not available on the island
· To help make the island more sustainable and confidant
Currently, it is self-sustaining without any grant funding. In order to keep costs down, many items within the shop are upcycled and the majority of work is carried out by volunteers. This means a high percentage of the money spent in the Bùth goes to the producers!
They currently have over 80 suppliers, including both individuals and community groups.
The Bùth also provides work placements and volunteer opportunities.
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Isle of Barra
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