Community Benefit Society

Suitable for an organisation that is owned and controlled democratically by a variety of stakeholders, and operates primarily for the benefit of a wider stakeholder group.

Model Key Features

  • Governing Act: Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014.
  • Members may hold more than one share in the co-operative, but voting is limited to one member, one vote.
  • Most popular model for those organisations intending to carry out a community share offer.
  • Board composition: elected Board.
  • Options for a common ownership dissolution provision or a statutory asset lock.

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