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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17th November 2014

More and more people are investing in community shares, driven by a desire to generate social and environmental benefits in their local community, according to new research supported by the Community Shares Unit (CSU). The NESTA ‘Understanding Alternative Finance Report’, released this week, states that over £30 million is likely to be raised through community share offers this year, ahead...

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 66
Number of share offers this year 46
Amount of equity targeted this year
£22,817,700
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