Retailer profile: Bart Dalla Mura and his community shop

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From turkeys to tearooms, Bart Dalla Mura was the former chief executive of Bernard Matthews before moving behind the till of independent retail and opening a convenience store and tearoom. But despite now running his own, smaller, empire he argues the business doesn’t belong to him. “It isn’t my shop, it’s the community’s shop,” says Bart. “We know literally everybody that comes in.” Following a long career in FMCG, with a CV including Allied Bakeries, Nestle and Unilever, he has discovered that the challenges a small business faces are not worlds apart from those faced by corporate companies. “No matter

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