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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30th June 2015
The Community Shares Unit (CSU) is to launch the new Community Shares Standard Mark on 30th June 2015 at FC United’s new ground at Broadhurst Park, Moston, Manchester.

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14th May 2015

The Community Shares Unit (CSU) is to launch the new Community Shares Standard Mark on 30th June 2015 at FC United’s new ground at Broadhurst Park, Moston, Manchester. Register for free now.  We hope you can join us celebrate the introduction of a voluntary standard for community share offers, as more and more community uses this form of finance to raise the capital they need to...

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 23
Number of share offers this year 22
Amount of equity targeted this year
£10,560,050
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