About Us

Why we do what we do…

We believe COmmunities are stronger when they own the things that matter to them

WE BELIEVE Community Shares enable more communities to take ownership & control

We know what drives people to get involved in community enterprises

We’ve been volunteers in organisations like yours and we know what help you need

We’ve got the experience, empathy and expertise to make Community Share offers succeed

We want to help communities like yours

and how we do it…

We'll work with you to get your offer into shape

We work with you to help you refine and sharpen your focus and get your business plan and your offer into the best possible position to succeed

We won't lead you down the wrong road

You only get one shot at a share issue, so we never encourage you if we have doubts about your plan or if we think you are unlikely to hit your target

Freeing up your time to focus on what counts

People join groups to change their community, not get bogged down in technicalities. We concentrate on the nitty-gritty, so you can focus on the bigger picture

we’re a small team with a big reach

Dave Boyle

Director

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Dave Boyle has worked on some of the UK’s highest profile share issues, including Hastings Pier Charity, the first charity to raise equity finance in the UK and Portpatrick Harbour, the first Scottish charity to do so. He’s also advised on Community Share issues in sport, leisure, pubs, energy and media which have collectively raised over £3,000,000.

He’s a licensed practitioner by the Community Shares Unit, and is an accredited social enterprise advisor, and also wrote the script for the video promoting Community Shares for the  Community Shares Unit.

Since 2001, he has worked with over 100 voluntary community sector enterprises including community-run pubs, shops, football clubs, sports and recreation facilities.

He has also worked on projects with organisations such as The Plunkett Foundation, The Carnegie UK Foundation, Social Enterprise UK, Co-operatives UK, Brighton & Hove City Council, Cornwall Council, The High Pay Centre, Hacked Off, Liverpool Football Club and The Guardian.

He is also a published writer and blogs at daveboyle.net.

People we work with

We’re experts at Community Shares but we also know our limits. We partner with experts in other areas to make sure that when you work with us you get the very best in the business in whatever you need help with

Crowdfunder

Crowdfunding Partner

Crowdfunder are the UK’s leading crowdfunding platform and have helped thousands of projects raise over £6M from over 100,000 people.

Their website is built to connect great projects with a community of supporters who want to help make it happen, and is a missing link in the community shares landscape.

They make it easy for groups to administer the process of connecting with investors, getting the money from them easily and painlessly, and enabling supporters to connect to their own networks via social media to support the offer marketing campaign with their own friends and families.