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We've worked on over 70 share issues since 2014, from pubs to piers, magazines to music venues and more

From multi-million raises to create a national trust for music venues, to the first charities to issues shares in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, our unparalleled experience will help your share offer hit its target.

Jubilee Pool Penzance

£829,000

Existing facility converted to community ownership and raised capital to create geothermal heat

2018

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Music Venue Properties

£2,200,000

Giving Britain's music venue operators a sympathetic landlord who loves live music as much as they do

2023

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Jubilee Pool Penzance 3

£329,000

Existing facility converted to community ownership and raised capital to create geothermal heat

2021

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Jubilee Pool Penzance 4

£229,000

Existing facility converted to community ownership and raised capital to create geothermal heat

2010

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Jubilee Pool Penzance 5

£529,000

Existing facility converted to community ownership and raised capital to create geothermal heat

2017

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Jubilee Pool Penzance 6

£625,000

Existing facility converted to community ownership and raised capital to create geothermal heat

2019

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Jubilee Pool Penzance 7

£825,000

Existing facility converted to community ownership and raised capital to create geothermal heat

2016

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What Our Clients Say

We have a fantastic track record of helping groups hit their targets - working with us will increase your chances of raising the sums you need. Here's some of the nice things people who we have worked with have said...

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 EMPATHY AND EXPERTISE TO MAKE COMMUNITY SHARE OFFERS SUCCEED

WE WANT TO HELP COMMUNITIES LIKE YOURS RAISE WHAT YOU NEED TO GET THE THINGS YOU WANT

And How We Do It...

We'll Work With You To Get Your Offer Into Shape

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

We'll Keep You On The Right Track To Succeed

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

WHY COMMUNITY SHARE WORK FOR
COMMUNITY bUSINESSES

THE RIGHT KIND OF MONEY

Community Shares don't leave you in debt to lenders who want their money back quickly, usually with interest, so you're not under pressure to make annual surpluses which might be unrealistic or only possible by operating against your ethics and values

THE RIGHT KIND OF OWNERS

Regardless of how much someone invests in a Community Share issue, they still have one vote just like everyone else, so your enterprise is owned by the community it serves and can't ever be controlled by a small group of people who might have different interests.

THE RIGHT KIND OF TAX-BREAK

Community Shares are classed as risk capital, so investors who pay tax could offset 30% - 50% of their investment against their tax return, making your offer even more attractive

THE RIGHT KIND OF INVESTMENT

Community Shares can't be sold on to third parties, so no-one can become an owner of your enterprise who doesn't share the same values and commitment as everyone else

THE RIGHT KIND OF LEVERAGE

Anyone can sign a petition but investment in Community Shares demonstrates just how committed people are to your project, which can help lever investment from other people who might be wary. Your share issue can start the ball rolling for your funding package or be the final part of the jigsaw.

THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF MONEY

Research shows that Community Shares get people investing EIGHT times more than they would donate to the same cause. People will draw into their savings to buy Community Shares, whereas donations tend to be carved out of everyday spending

THE RIGHT KIND OF TIMESCALE

Community Shares are patient capital. People can get a return on their investment but generally over the long-term, so they appeal to people who want to live in a world where your enterprise thrives, not people who want you to make money quickly in order to get their investment back

THE RIGHT KIND OF INCENTIVE

The best way for investors to get their money back is if your enterprise is doing well enough to build up reserves that allow them to cash out, and the best way to make that happen is for your investors to support the business as much as possible (and encourage everyone they know to do the same)

THE RIGHT KIND OF COSTS

Community Shares are by far the cheapest way to raise equity through community crowdfunding, because they're exempt from the laws that normal companies have to comply with and for which compliance can cost upwards of £100,000 in professional fees

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