We've linked up with Crowdfunder to offer the UK's best platform for community share issues

'We raised £40,000 in the first weekend of our Community Share offer for Hastings Pier'

'Community Shares have given us the chance to become truly sustainable for the first time in our 129-year history'

'The share issue made us a community for the first time'

'We're opening Britain's first community-owned pub on an estate, giving 18,000 people a place to come together. Hopefully, not all at once'

Community Shares – Be Owned By The Crowd!

Community Shares are the future of finance for community enterprises

Don't know where to start?

What are Community Shares and why are they such a great way for community enterprises to raise capital?

The Basics

Over £3.1m raised so far

We’ve helped a variety of different groups raise £3,140,000 to help transform their communities. We can help you too.

Services

We'd love to hear from you

Our mission is to help communities raise the money to make their enterprises thrive. We’re always happy to answer questions.

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Our services

Business Planning

At the heart of successful community shares offers – and any community enterprise – is a business plan that reassures investors that there’s a demand for the business. We can help with every aspect of your business plan, from market research, financial projections and skills audits to putting it all together in the right format for your groups’ needs.

Feasibility studies

We combine research, market intelligence and demographic data, and draw on our experience of other share issues, to assess how successful – or not – a share issue might be for you. You get a full report with recommendations to help you decide what option to take.

Writing & reviewing offer documents

We were selected to join the Community Shares Unit’s Training and Licensing Pilot via their Experienced Practitioner Route, so we know what makes a good offer. We can review your offer document and give you a comprehensive report on any weaknesses in your plans, with suggestions for action. Or we can write your full offer document for you.

Launching & marketing offers

We can put together a comprehensive plan, including timescales and actions for seeking pledges pre-launch and promotional activities and events at the launch of your offer. We can track how well things are going once the offer is launched and suggest ways to increase momentum that will steer you to your target.

Post-offer support

Hitting your target is only the beginning. We will review your governance and communications systems to ensure you’re communicating properly with your new member-owners, keeping them up to date about what your group is doing, their rights and responsibilities, and also their financial position in terms of interest on their investment.

Tailored or full service packages

You can pick and mix the services you need to create a tailored package. If you prefer the full service package, we’ll be there to support you every step of the way.

useful info

We believe in sharing knowledge about Community Shares, so we’ve included a section on our website where we pull together all kinds of useful information to help you. There are case studies about work we’ve done, links to research and how-to guides for people interested in positive investment. If you can’t find the answers you need, give us a call.

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WHAT DOES YOUR COMMUNITY NEED?

There’s no limit to the things that enterprising communities can achieve. Across the country, communities are running all kinds of services and projects, including: sports clubs, rural bus services, heritage railways, swimming pools, shops, forests, historic buildings, performance spaces, cinemas and much more. If you are planning or running a community enterprise and want to know whether Community Shares could work for you, please contact us.

Sport & Recreation

Sport & Recreation

Transport

Transport

Pools, Piers & Lidos

Pools, Piers & Lidos

Shops & Pubs

Shops & Pubs

Woodlands & Parks

Woodlands & Parks

Heritage buildings

Heritage buildings

Theatres & Cinemas

Theatres & Cinemas

Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy

WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU

ABOUT US

We help community groups raise money through Community Share issues. Whether you’ve just got the seed of an idea or you’re already running a successful community enterprise, we can help you raise the funds you need, faster than you think. And our pricing plans give you the option to defer payment until you’ve reached your target so, even if you’re cash-strapped, a Community Share issue might not be out of reach. 

What our clients say

Everyday Barnes
I would recommend Dave as a real expert in his field who can work with a community to get to the nub of an issue quickly and efficiently and who can develop effective, achievable solutions.
Everyday Barnes
Bevendean Co-operative Pub
The Community Shares Company advised us when we started to develop our business plan and turned it into a credible business plan which helped convince people that we could make a go of this. It is in part thanks to them that The Bevy will be opening its doors by Xmas 2014!
Bevendean Co-operative Pub
Lewes Football Club
The Community Shares Company guided us through a complicated rule change with the minimum of fuss, then wrote our offer document that helped to secure £200,000 of funding towards the construction of a 3G pitch. This project represents a major step change towards long-term sustainability for our club and the Community Shares Company has been vital to our success.
Lewes Football Club
Exeter St Hall
The Community Shares Company were able to explain legal jargon in a straightforward and understandable way. Their commitment to the principles of co-operative social enterprise was reflected in the way they worked to support, re-assure and inspire us.
Exeter St Hall
Hastings Pier Charity
The communication skills the Community Shares Company brought to the task were underpinned by fresh understanding of what we were trying to achieve and what our vision would be, combined with an strong empathy for our cause. We would recommend them for any community enterprise looking to raise significant investment capital through community shares.
Hastings Pier Charity