The shop is managed and run by 30+ local volunteers “by the village, for the village“, provides paid work experience to local students at weekends and was, in 2010, the very first recipient of the annual Dorset People’s Project Award.
It is formally run as the Friends of Briantspuddle Post Office and Village Shop Association Ltd. We have a constitution setting out rules of governance created some years ago under the Industrial and Provident Societies Acts. These rules still apply but since 2014 we are regulated by the Cooperative and Community Benefits Societies Act, legislation passed in that year. The 2014 Act takes precedence over the original rules if there is a conflict.
The Management Committee’s financial aim each year is to do no more than cover the true costs of operating and maintaining our shop, this and our voluntary input means that prices compare favourably with other village shops.