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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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