Five decades ago, The Company Shop’s Founder and Chairman John Marren realised that surplus wasn’t a disposal issue, it was a redistribution one. They’re now the largest redistributor of surplus in the UK, selling food, drink and a range of other household channel surplus products through their award-winning social enterprise, Community Shop.
Donating your surplus stock is a brilliant way for businesses to reduce their waste disposal costs, deliver on a Corporate Social Responsibility agenda and support local communities all over the UK. The award winning social enterprise Community Shop also offers a lifeline for people who are struggling to feed their families. Being much more than a store, the community hub is where people can meet, eat and get involved in self-development programmes that build stronger individuals and more confident communities. It was agreed that greater clarity was required, when communicating the business structure, in order to maximise B2B opportunities. A group restructure meant that B2B facing Company Shop Group was introduced, Company Shop stores and Community Shop sitting under this to service the retail and social enterprise aspects of the business.
This animation explains how their model of surplus distribution works.