ITV reported on the popularity of community-owned rural shops, run largely by volunteers across the country, amidst national news that high street shops are increasingly shutting down
There are now more than 360 co-operative shops across the country, with one of the first opened in Halstock in Dorset nearly three decades ago. In the last seven years, Halstock Shop's revenue has gone up by more than 50 per cent.
Profits from the shop go back into funding community projects, and the journalist argues that the rising profits showcase the popularity of community-run rural initiatives.
Sign up to our newsletter to receive all the latest news and updates.