Environmental charity Stroud Valleys Project will open a new eco shop in their town centre premises in Threadneedle Street on Saturday 29 May.

Chair of Trustees Gerry Robbins explained: “Like most charities we depend on grant funding and this is being cut drastically so we had to identify other income generation sources."

 “ We realised that our location and the fact we had a shop front was a real asset so we have decided to open an eco shop to supply organic, sustainable and fair trade products . We hope to work other local organisations and suppliers to create a one-stop shop for a wide variety of eco products.”

Over the past nine months SVP has been working with business planners and researching the market to try and identify the kind of goods that local people would want to buy. Last November the charity was awarded a £10,000 grant from the Modernisation Fund to further develop the idea.

“We are learning as we go along, “said director of projects Clare Mahdiyone. “ Our idea is not only to supply eco goods but to become a resource for the district so we can help promote local eco business and suppliers as well as selling goods ourselves.”

“We know that opening a shop in this economic climate brings its own challenges but we have to find other sources of income to help pay the bills,” said Clare. “ We are doing the shop fitting on a shoestring using recycled and sustainable materials sourced locally and much of the work is being done by volunteers and staff members.”

Stroud Valleys Project is a limited company,
registered in England and Wales.    

Registered number: 2224016    

Registered charity number: 900107

Stroud Valleys Project,
8 Threadneedle Street,
Stroud,
Gloucestershire,
GL5 1AF

Tel: 01453 753358

Fax: 01453 755641

Email: info@stroudvalleysproject.org

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