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Case Study 6: Radstock Cooperative Society

Case study 6: Radstock Co-operative Society - success at last! (June 2009)

Since completion of Eat Somerset's support for local food producers wishing to supply Radstock Cooperative Society, in 2008 and 2009, we are delighted to report that the society's work to support the local economy has gone from strength to strength. In 2010, the Radstock Cooperative Society (RCS) was awarded the Social Enterprise Mark, which demonstrates to customers that the Society operates for the benefit of local communities, rather than to provide wealth for shareholders or owners.

In its press release to announce this development, the RCS said that they are "keen to support local suppliers by offering them an outlet in which to sell and showcase their products. Environmentally, eating locally produced food cuts down on food miles which is the costs of transporting goods and therefore reducing the carbon footprint".

Don Morris, Acting Chief Executive Officer of RCS said, "We're really proud to have been awarded the Social Enterprise Mark. The Radstock Co-operative Society is absolutely committed to supporting sustainable businesses and consequently helping local communities to thrive and prosper. That's why we have a determination to protect our independence. By doing so, we can be totally responsive to local needs and react quickly as and when the need arises. We believe that being awarded the Social Enterprise Mark is an endorsement of the co-operative business model which is about serving local communities and helping to sustain them for future generations."

Read the full RCS press release at: 

Eat Somerset: From 2006 to 2009 Sustain co-ordinated a food chain project in south west England that worked to increase trading between producer groups in and around Somerset and independent food retailers in the county, and create new markets in Bristol and Bath.

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