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About community shares

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Today hundreds of communities across the country have used community shares to save and create businesses that are important to them.

Community shares: a unique form of investment

  • Since 2012, over £155m has been raised by over 104,203 people in community shares across the UK. 
  • Community shares have been invested into over 450 co-operative and community business including shops, pubs, renewable energy schemes, housing projects, community hubs and much more. 
  • Community shares is a user-friendly name for withdrawable, non-transferable share capital: a form of equity uniquely available to co-operative and community benefit societies.
  • Community shares are a flexible and effective way to raise finance: an incredible 92% of all businesses who have used community shares are still trading. 
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After 20 years in the social investment market, I am immensely proud of my work with the Community Shares Unit in developing the most radical and patient form of social investment.
– Hugh Rolo OBE , Development Adviser, Locality

Community Shares Unit

Co-operatives UK is at the heart of the Community Shares Unit, a longstanding partnership with Locality and other key partners.

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