Sound Bites is more than just a shop!
We are a Worker’s Co-operative, which means that there are no shareholders, and the staff structure is non-hierarchical. We don’t have a CEO, what we do have is a collective management team where we work together, making decisions together, and relying on each other to make the best decisions we can to make Sound Bites be the best that we can be for our community.
We are not for profit. We all earn the same wage because all parts of the jobs needed to run the store are equally valuable to us. There is no divident or bonus scheme. We simply reinvest any surplus we might make into the benefit of the business over all. This typically involves maintenance of our building and equipment.
We are as Ethical as we can be. There are many difficult decision to be made, and we try to face these as best we can. This includes looking at the parent companies and the practices of brands that we choose to stock, how we can reuse and recycle any waste that we might produce, finding the most environmentally friendly ways to operate, supporting and promoting local like-minded events and charities.
We are local. Now, this has multiple meanings for us. Firstly, we love to support other local producers and give them a platform to sell their goods, this minimises food miles and helps keep independant businesses flourishing. Secondly, we all live here! Supporting Sound Bites keeps your money within the local economy, allowing us to continue what we do, and benefiting those around us.