Community Shares are a way to raise money by offering community investors the opportunity to buy shares in your organisation. It means the investment comes from the very community which an enterprise intends to benefit.
Community Shares refers to non-transferable, withdrawable share capital that can only be issued by co-operative societies, community benefit societies and charitable community benefit societies (all types of legal organisations).
Offering community shares can be a great way to engage your local community, to test your idea and secure support for its ongoing development. You set the price and any limits on shareholdings, and shareholders become members of the business – often becoming loyal customers and participating in the running of the organisation and being able to elect people to the Board.Read more about Community Shares