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.

20th March 2017

The CSU is aware of the following crowdfunding platforms that are being used to adminster community share offers.

14th November 2016

Investing in community shares is a simple, direct and engaging way of supporting businesses that serve your community.

8th March 2016

A guidance document for groups looking to participate in Round 3 of the Community Shares Booster Programme, supported by The Power to Change. 

9th December 2015

This note summarises the rule changes to investment tax relief schemes introduced in the Finance Act 2015, which received Royal Assent on 18 November 2015.

29th September 2015

Read about the ten things that you need to know about community shares. A very brief introduction for groups considering a community share offer.

28th August 2015

The purpose of this technical note is to outline the legal issues involved in changing the status of the Hastings Pier Charity from a charitable company limited by guarantee, to that of a charitable community benefit society.

13th August 2014

A short summary which explains the new Co-operatives and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, setting out how it will affect existing and new societies, and their plans for launching community share offers.

1st July 2010

Aimed at business advisers and other professionals who provide support to community groups and organisations that are exploring the option of community investment, it provides guidance on two topics: the legal and governance formats for organisations offering community shares; and community shares offer documents, inviting the public to invest in community shares. Most of the informaiton has been updated within the current Community Shares Handbook

1st July 2011

Published in 2011, the Practitioners’ Guide to Community Shares was the culmination of an earlier action-research programme promoting equity investment in community enterprise. Based on the experiences of ten co-operatives and community enterprises across England, the guide explains how to raise risk capital for ventures serving a community purpose. This guide has largely been updated by the new Community Shares Handbook.