Dear Applicant,

Five years ago we began an amazing journey. That journey was to develop an innovative and enterprising way to offer food access to those on the cusp of food poverty. What we built is a multi-functional community food hub which uses an asset based approach to offer significantly more than just food.

Building on 46 years of business experience at Company Shop, the UK largest redistributor of surplus stock, Community Shop CiC works closely with Company Shop to unlock the full potential of surplus stock.

Having established the principle store in Yorkshire, we opened our second store in London. This helped to develop and improve the architecture of our model and set us in a good place for future growth. We now have four shops in Yorkshire, London and Grimsby and a pipeline plan to develop more stores in the coming year.

We are looking for an exceptional person with relevant experience, commercial drive and a deep knowledge of social impact. You will work alongside the team to develop and promote our model and continue to deliver financial sustainability and social impact.

We hope that you enjoy reading more about us on this website, and would love to hear from you if you are energised about the opportunity to lead our next stage of growth and to help our communities thrive.  For an informal discussion, please contact our recruitment consultant, Grant Taylor at Peridot Partners, on 07958 690184 / grant@peridotpartners.co.uk 

With very best wishes,

Jane Marren
Managing Director
Company Shop / Community Shop

Jane Marren

ABOUT Community Shop

Community Shop’s vision is to build strong individuals and confident communities through food.

We do this through a model which has a distinct approach to food access. Using six key principles we have developed Community Shop as three distinct but interdependent spaces. We do this because we believe that offering discounted food with no personal development pathway risks creating an alternative sub-cultural retail proposition, alienating people from mainstream shopping and encouraging dependency.

The three spaces are -

Community Store – where we sell our full convenience store range of stock from UK supply chain surplus at around 30% of the retail price.

Community Hub – a mentoring and meeting space where we deliver a person centred mentoring programme based on deep individual relationships and 11 facilitated group programmes. This space is led by our Lead Mentor who is central to supporting and developing the heart of this model, which is our Peer to Peer Community Leadership Team.

Community Kitchen – a space managed by our Chef Mentor offering breakfast and lunch each day. The purpose of this space are the five programmes of the Community Kitchen plan which support our members to develop positive and enabling relationships with food, and through which they use food as a tool for personal development and community cohesion.

The Story of Community shop can be seen here:


There are also additional videos on the Company Shop YouTube Page:

Each store has 750 members who live in a geographical area in the top 10% of deprivation on the Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) and are in receipt of mean tested benefits. Members usually stay for 6-12 months and then move on so that other members can access Community Shop. This membership scheme ensures brand integrity to our retail partners and a dynamic sense of movement, whereby our members journey through to their desired outcome. This personal development journey encompasses both Community Hub and Community Kitchen and is called The Success Plan. Overall, 82% of our members engage in all three spaces, a success delivered by the Community Leadership Programme and a peer to peer culture.

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about the role


Director of Community Shop

Location: Tankersley, South Yorkshire

Competitive salary and generous benefits package

Community Shop is the UK's first social supermarket, and with turnover now in excess of £1m we are placed in the top 15% of social enterprises in the UK. By using the knowledge and infrastructure of Company Shop – the UK’s largest redistributor of surplus food - and through working with our partners in the food industry, we have built an innovative social enterprise that is already serving four communities in South Yorkshire and London and is keen to expand across the UK.

Not only do we offer great food at deeply discounted prices to those who need it most, we use the revenue from food sales to help people gain confidence in their lives and create more cohesive and connected communities. We do this by providing access to professional and personal development programmes, to kick-start positive change in our member's lives. Each Community Shop has three interdependent spaces; a store, a development hub and a kitchen and social eating space. Each one serves to engage, inspire, build up and connect every member who comes through our doors.

Since opening our pilot store in December 2013, our successes include: the opening of three further Community Shops; a mention from The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger and Poverty in their Feeding Britain strategy with a recommendation to open a store in 12 regions across the UK; recognition by the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for “outstanding achievement” for our work; and in December 2017  Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty featured Community Shop on the 'Friday Night Feast', which has further raised our profile. We are now nicely positioned for the next phase in our journey, which will be to expand the model into new communities and continue our drive for innovation in working with communities who need us.

The Director of Community Shop reports to, and will work closely with, the Managing Director of Company Shop to devise and lead on the delivery of the future strategy for Community Shop.  You will lead the growth of income and social impact, as well as ensure operational performance in all areas of our activity.

This is a complex leadership role that requires somebody who is passionate about achieving positive social impact with people and communities. You will need experience of operating at Board level within a social enterprise or charity, experience of fundraising and identifying funding opportunities, and be an exceptional networker who can build and maintain excellent relationships with a wide range of supporters and stakeholders.

For more information please complete the form in the 'How To Apply' section of this website, where you can access the job description and for instructions about the recruitment process and how to make an application.

If you would like an informal conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners, Grant Taylor at grant@peridotpartners.co.uk or call 07958 690 184.

Closing date for applications:  9am Friday 2nd March 2018



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