🌟 Join the Success Story: Weston Pantry Share Offer Extended! Help Us Hit £250,000 and Secure Our Community’s Future! 🌍

We’re thrilled to share that, with just one week left until our original share offer end date, we’ve already raised an incredible £125,000, surpassing the minimum amount required to bring the Weston Pantry into community ownership. This is an outstanding achievement, thanks to the generous support of over 70 residents and businesses in Weston-on-the-Green and surrounding villages.

At over 50% of our ideal target of £250,000, we believe with a successful Community Ownership Fund grant result at the end of December and our ongoing work to secure additional commercial finance, we can bring the Weston Pantry into community ownership. While it’s great news we’ve exceeded the minimum fundraising requirement, reaching our ideal target of £250,000 remains crucial for a successful commercial loan application (at affordable interest rates) and maintaining the Post Office contract.

Currently, we are evaluating commercial loan rates, and reaching our £250,000 goal will greatly improve our position for more favourable interest rates outlined in our business plan. The response from the community has been overwhelming, with an average investment of £2,000. Your support has truly made this a community-driven project, bringing everyone together.

To ensure we have the best chance of success, we’re extending our share offer until the 17th January 2024. Here’s why:

  1. Navigate Through the Holidays: Extending the share offer allows us to navigate through the Christmas and New Year period, ensuring everyone has the opportunity to participate.
  2. Awaiting COF Grant Result: We expect the result of our Community Ownership Fund (COF) Grant application by the end of December. Although independent of our share offer, this provides potential investors with additional certainty about the project’s future and chances of success.
  3. Approaching Optimal Target: We’re over halfway towards our optimum target, and with the incredible support received, we believe the £250,000 goal is within reach.
  4. Reach All Potential Investors: Extending the deadline gives us more time to reach all potential investors and ensures that no one misses the chance to be part of this community-driven initiative.

With such a remarkable achievement in just five weeks, we encourage you to help us spread the word. If another 25 people or businesses invest at the £2,000 average, we’ll be well on our way to achieving our target.

Don’t miss out on being a part of something extraordinary. Invest in Weston SOS Limited and join us in creating a community-owned Shop and Post Office that we can all be proud of.

Thank you for your continued support!