A library of resources for anyone who would like to find out more about community shares. From introductory guides to market reports, find the info you need here.

7th June 2018

The Civil Society Strategy is being developed by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) with and for civil society over the next ten yea

14th March 2016

The CSU's final response to the Financial Conduct Authority's (FCA) call for input on the regulatory barriers for social investment.

14th August 2015

The final response submitted by the Community Shares Unit to the FCA’s second consultation on its proposed registration function under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014.

29th June 2015

This is the first time the CSU has brought together its data and intelligence to present a comprehensive overview of the community shares market. The aim of this report is to showcase the information the CSU captures on the market since it begain tracking activity in 2009. Using data from its Community Shares Directory, Offer Document Library and a recent survey of investors using its Microgenius community shares platform, the report sets out “how” enterprises are raising this finance, and “why” individuals themselves are investing.

23rd April 2014

The CSU recently worked with Wessex Community Assets (WCA) to explore the prospects for Community Land Trusts (CLTs) to raise finance using community shares. Focusing on the Wessex Community Land Trust Project as a cluster of live CLT activity in South West England, the team at WCA, researched the perceptions and practicalities of community investment within the sector. This research paper sets out the findings and some future recommendations for how community shares could be applied for housing and land-use initiatives on a wider scale.

17th December 2013

A submission to the Financial Conduct Authority consultation on crowdfunding, drafted by the Community Shares Unit - operator of the Microgenius online platform.

6th September 2013

The final submission to the Treasury's consultation on Social Investment Tax Relief, jointly drafted by Co-operatives UK and Locality, the delivery partners of the Community Shares Unit.