I wrote this article a couple of years back when FC United of Manchester began work on their new stadium in 2013, funded by Community Shares. The ground is formally opened next week in a game against Benfica.
A few years ago, I was a Director of Saltdean Lido CIC, who were at the time investigating whether or not (and how) they might do a Community Share issue as part of the capital raising process to bring the 1930s building back into use.
We’ve been approved as an official provider with Big Potential, a lottery-funded scheme to help organisations get ready for investment. That means we can work with groups and enterprises looking to do community share issues, and apply for between £20,000 and £75,000 for groups to use to get them ready.