Community Shares refers to the sale of shares in enterprises serving a community purpose. This type of investment has been used to finance shops, pubs, community buildings, renewable energy initiatives, local food schemes, along with a host of other community based ventures. Click an option below or jump to find out more.

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21st May 2014
Part of Locality's webinar series, it will start you thinking about business planning for community asset projects and securing support and investment for asset projects to improve and develop them further

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23rd April 2014

A new research paper exploring the prospects for Community Land Trusts (CLTs) to raise finance using community shares has been published today. Working with the Community Shares Unit, lead researcher at Wessex Community Assets Alison Ward researched the perceptions and practicalities of community investment within the sector, focusing on a cluster of CLT activity in South West England - the...

Microgenius is a dedicated web platform for community share offers run by the Community Shares Unit. For supporters, it allows you to buy shares in community-based projects easily and safely. For communities, it is a website you can use to run your share offer securely and painlessly, without the paperwork.
Number of registrations this year 33
Number of share offers this year 16
Amount of equity targeted this year
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