October Books, an independent bookshop and co-operative in Southampton, is looking for a new group of people to take it over.
October Books is a not-for-profit radical bookshop established in 1977 and has been in its current location for 13 years. Its specialities are social issues, adoption, humanities and politics.
As well as providing social and political literature, the shop stocks general fiction and non-fiction, children’s books, and has strong links with the University of Southampton. It provides academic course books for the Faculty of Humanities and runs stalls inside the campus.
The bookshop on Portswood Road is now looking for an energetic group of people with a range of skills including sales, customer service, books and finance. Although applications are encouraged from groups, the co-op would also welcome applications from individuals willing to be put in contact with others to enable a group bid.
In addition, the shop sells a range of organic, Fairtrade and green food and drink. It is also affiliated with hive.co.uk, allowing people to buy books online while still benefiting the shop.
October Books has stated that all applicants must be happy to work as a co-operative and subscribe to the radical traditions and ethos of the shop. Two of the current members of the co-op are leaving, with just two remaining – one a volunteer, the other a part-time worker.
- You can find more information and the application of interest here. Applications must be submitted by 2 May. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a meeting on 14 May.