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COPE Ltd 

In 1997, following a three-year pilot under the local authority, COPE (Community Opportunities for Participation in Enterprise) started up in Lerwick, Shetland, to enable Adults with Learning Disabilities, excluded from Employment and Community Service, the opportunity to plan, participate in, and manage their own small businesses. In order to achieve this COPE established a dedicated enterprise centre from where the target group conducts social and economical activities, which is helping change perceptions about the contribution Adults with Learning Difficulties can make in the Community. The businesses include;

  • COPE Tree Nursery cultivates a wide variety of trees and shrubs, and recently expanded to take over land in Lerwick planted out with around 2,000 Willow trees imported from Iceland.
  • Best Bite Sandwhiches now supplies 14 retail outlets throughout the Shetland mainland.
  • COPE organic box scheme sells a wide range of organic fresh fruit and vegtables to around 80 to 90 customers.
  • Karibuni Gift Shop sells a wide range of hand made gift ideas from around the world.
  • COPE Organics Shop caters for customers looking to buy individual items of organic produce. There is a wide range of products from numerous type of nuts and fruit to health drinks and much more.
  • The Shetland Soap Company, the newest part of the business, opened just before Christmas 2002, manufacturing handmade soaps, creams and lotions, with natural ingredients, already turns-over £100,000 and is self-sustaining, paying wages and rent on a high-street shop in Lerwick.

The success of the current business initiates means that it is now a limited company with charitable status, employing more than 40 staff and trainees, and several volunteers. Four of the full-time staff have learning disabilities, as do 24 participants who are paid a training allowance, which means COPE Ltd qualifies as a social firm.

 

For further information, contact:
COPE Ltd
Port Business Park
Gremista
Lerwick

Shetland
Tel: 01595 696 889
e-mail: info@cope.ltd.uk

Website: 
www.cope.ltd.uk

 

 


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Company Registration No. 278156. Scottish Charity No. SC 029210