Jo Shaw has just started as the Manager of Bledington Community Shop. Some of you may know her, as she has lived in Stow for many years, and also worked at Cotswold Farm Park. We are all very excited to welcome Jo to Bledington and look forward to working with her – especially in these testing times.
Jo, why have you taken the job of Shop Manager?
When I saw this job, I knew it was the perfect role for me. I have always enjoyed both retail and catering work, and connecting with customers face to face. To be able to do this in a community run project, in the beautiful village of Bledington, was too good to miss!
Where have you come from?
I was born in Kent but have lived in Stow for the last 30 years. I moved here shortly after my parents bought and ran Stow Post Office.
What are you looking forward to doing in the shop?
I am really excited about working with the volunteers. I have been so impressed by everyone on the team, they have been so welcoming and helpful. As I get to know the community, I can’t wait to meet more people and provide everyone in the village with their needs.
What’s your favourite meal?
For me it has to be home cooked roast beef, especially with fabulous Yorkshire pudding.
Charity of Choice?
Sue Ryder, definitely. They looked after my father so well when he was there.
Anywhere by the sea.
Of what achievement are you most proud?
My two wonderful daughters, both born and brought up here. One now lives in London, the other travelling in Sydney Australia.
Tell us something most people would not know about you?
I spent a morning doing Tai Chi with Michael Portillo!
Best lesson learned in the retail world?
The customer always comes first.
What differences can we expect in the shop?
That’s hard, because the team have done such a great job so far. But, I’ve already started looking at even more local produce and perhaps explore introducing some gift products. What’s most important is that we continue with variety, good value and a changing selection of great products.
Where do you see the shop one year from now?
I hope we can offer more food choices in the café eventually. In the shop it’s important that we continue to cater for everyone with a wide selection of local and good value products.
I’ve come in to find a well-run business, a wonderful team and a well-stocked shop. I want to be able to continue the great work and take it from strength to strength.