Roaring trade for Local Hub opening
13/06/09 15:09 Filed in: News
The Kintore Local Hub cafe
opened at 11am on the morning of the Kintore Summer Festival and was quickly swamped with festival-goers keen to find sample its Starbucks fare and internet terminals.
Because the shop is a community enterprise and run ‘not for profit’, over 65% of any profit made from beverages and snacks is invested into a community fund that can then be used in ways that benefit the local community as a whole.
The Local Hub community café has been part finance by Aberdeenshire council, the Scottish Government and the Rural Aberdeenshire Leader 2007-20013 programme. Langstane Housing Association have also been a major contributor.
Other significant contributions have come from Laings, BP, Inspire, Grampian Police, Kintore & District Community council, Hallforest Residents Association and private donations.
How and where the fund is used will be mainly influenced by the members of The Local Hub’s community membership scheme.
Among those at the opening was Nanette Milne, Conservative MSP for the North East. "I warmly welcome the opening of the Kintore new community café,” she said. “Kintore has long needed a facility like this to create a meeting place for local people and I wish all involved the best of luck in development this much need community resource."
For an annual fee of £10 per annum, members of the scheme receive a membership card that also entitles them to a range of promotions and discounts on products throughout the year.