Raasay Community Stores is set to step into the stoplight after being nominated in this year's Rural Community Ownership Awards.

Now staff will head to London next month after being nominated in the Scottish regional award sections of the competition.

The Awards are designed to celebrate the most inspiring examples of people in rural areas working together to improve their communities, to raise awareness of the issues that many rural people face and how they can overcome them through collaborative action.

Sponsored by charity group, Plunkett, their Head of Frontline James Alcock said: “All over the UK and Ireland, people living in rural areas are taking matters into their own hands to address some of the challenges associated with rural life. Many rural people are experiencing loneliness, isolation or poverty because it’s difficult to access a lot of the things that are needed to participate fully in society and modern life – things like a regular bus service, being able to buy affordable food at a local shop, having reliable access to the internet, or somewhere to socialise and meet people.

"At Plunkett we’ve seen first-hand the huge difference that co-operation can make, which is why we help people to set up businesses that are owned and run by the community and that address some of the biggest challenges facing our rural communities today. The Awards will help celebrate the many fantastic examples all over the UK, and raise awareness about the co-operative model to an even wider audience."

The award ceremony takes place at the Skyloft, on top of the Millbank Tower in London on Monday 28 November.