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APPLECROSS COMMUNITY COMPANY
The Applecross Community Company is a local initiative focusing on community development and renewable energies. We are located on the Applecross peninsula, Wester Ross.
You can also connect with us via our Facebook page.
We are urgently looking for new directors. If you would like to join the board please get in touch with us.
What is involved in being a director?
Applecross Community Company (ACC)
The ACC Board focus is on community benefit; the overall aim of the company is to promote sustainable development in Applecross. ACC employs the local development officer and owns the filling station, the broadband scheme and the public toilets. Part time administration services are provided on a self-employment basis.
Directors are in charge of strategic planning and developing new projects and major upgrades of existing assets and are also responsible for governance and financial oversight. They are responsible for ensuring that tasks are done, rather than being responsible for doing the tasks themselves, so may delegate tasks to employees or sub committees.
Board meetings are normally monthly, arranged at a time and date that best suits directors. They last 1.5 to 2 hours. Directors will be provided with written information to be read beforehand on finances for the month and progress on projects and potential new projects (a straightforward spreadsheet and a 1-2 page summary.)
Although being a director is a commitment it is also an opportunity to use your existing skills for the benefit of your community, and to acquire more skills. You are not expected to be an expert, but skills or expertise in any of the following would be very welcome: communication, planning, positive approach, management/support of volunteers, business experience, legal knowledge, risk management experience.
Applecross Community Trading (ACT)
The ACT board runs the filling station, broadband scheme and public toilets, identifies maintenance and investment requirements, and ensures finances are in order. Any profit from ACT is passed back up to ACC.
The directors also meet monthly for around 1.5 hours and while they take overall responsibility they can delegate tasks to the administrator and broadband manager who both work on a self employed basis. Directors will be provided with financial information before board meetings. They nominate a director who is responsible for updating the ACC board (and who may also be an ACC director).