Support was pledged, both financial and practical, a working party was created and a steering group set up. The difficult task of finding a suitable site began and many different options were explored. In May 2017 the proposed shop was incorporated with the Plunkett Foundation as a Community Benefit Society and registered with the Financial Conduct Authority. The original steering group was restructured as a management committee and the working party divided into four action groups.
There were many false starts in the search for a site but at the same time work was already underway looking at the practicalities of setting up a shop. Plunketts offered vital help and advice on the best organisational structure for the future shop and on the writing of the Business Plan. The mammoth task of seeking potential sources of funding for the start up costs began. Other community shops in the local area were consulted and visited and their example and experiences were hugely encouraging.