The 2010 plan was prepared with financial support from Communitybuilders and advice from Northumberland County Council. It replaced our 2008-2010 business plan, through which the Trust aimed to:
Work to ensure trustees understand and are fully engaged with its work by developing a welcome pack for new trustees, working through project management committees, and establishing a trustees contract.
Improve methods of consultation with the wider community to provide more opportunities for input into its plans.
Re-consider the area that it works in and develop a strategic plan to take over from the market town action plan.
Establish the legal structures appropriate for it to expand social enterprise activities, either a trading arm or a community-interest company.
Improve staffing, financial and operational procedures by developing formal training plans, agreed financial procedures and a financial reserves policy.
Consolidate training and youth provision at the community resource centre.
Develop business support projects as social enterprises (book-keeping, business club, incubator units).
Develop tourism projects as social enterprises (marketing, website, festival, branded goods, food)
Conduct feasibility studies and, if viable, develop green businesses as social enterprises (renewable energy, recycling).
Continue to support environmental improvements (footpaths, village orderly, retail area improvements).