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

23rd September 2014

Secretary of State, Edward Davey, announced at the 'Powering Up' conference on community energy on Thursday 4th September that the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) were moving to appoint the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) and Pure Leapfrog to administer the Urban Community Energy Fund (UCEF).  UCEF is a £10 million fund from DECC that will...

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 45
Amount of equity targeted this year
£22,777,700
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