What is a Buyers Group?
A buyers group is 2 or more people that agree to combine their buyer power to purchase a greater quantity therefore getting the produce at a lower cost. It saves on packaging and transportation cost so it not only saves money but produces less waste and pollution.
How to set up a Buyers Group
It is very simple to set up a buyers group . It could be an informal arrangementt between friends or it could take on a more formal structure and constitute with articles of association. The larger the group the more organisational responsibilities. If a group want to open a community bank account for instance it might be advisable to create a simple constitution to decide how responsibilities will be shared. Remember if it is a co-operative there are certain principle that are applied in co-operative structure to ensure fairness. Some things to consider are:
- How will you collate the order and who will do this?
- How will you collect the money and account for this?
- Where will the order be delivered
- Does the order need to be measured out and if so what equipment do you need and who will do this?