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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28th October 2014
The Community Shares Unit (CSU) will celebrate its second birthday in October and to mark the occasion we are hosting a reception at the Impact Hub, Westminster in London from 4.30pm to 7pm on Tuesday 28 October.

Latest news story

29th August 2014

The Community Shares Unit has produced a revised and expanded handbook, to bring it into line with the Co-operatives and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, as well as including a new chapter on the tax treatment of community share offers. The 2014 Act is the fourth consolidation overall, and the key development is that any new societies registered on or after 1 August will be...

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 65
Number of share offers this year 41
Amount of equity targeted this year
£20,502,500
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