Business and Economy

Hampshire village shops

Event: Thriving and Surviving

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A Conference for those who own, manage and work in Hampshire village shops took place on Thursday 22 January at the Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton – specifically designed to coincide with the Local Produce Show in the same location.

Representatives from thirteen village shops from around the county met to learn from each other and from rural retail and funding specialists, to find out more about the Post Office Community Grant scheme, and to receive support on complex financial management systems.

Download the presentation slides

If you any queries or feedback about the conference, please contact Anne Harrison:


The event was kindly sponsored by REPOSS and by Waltet, and managed by Business South in partnership with Hampshire County Council, for whom this event is the fourth it has offered to rural retailers over the last five years.

Grant funding

Hampshire County Council is a strong supporter of the county’s rural shops which it considers are an intrinsic part of community life. It has for several years offered grant funding to shops which are the only ones in the village, and / or to create shops in villages where there is no shop.

Grant funding is available to assist village shops in improving their offer, increasing footfall and sustaining a prosperous business into the future.


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If you would like to request some training or to meet with staff from another shop

phone: 01962 846558

Recipients of a Village Community Shop Grant

  • Case Studies of the twenty-three shops that have received a Village Community Shop Grant