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About community shares

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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 £200m has been raised by more than 126,000 people in community shares across the UK. 
  • Community shares have been invested into over 500 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. 

Need to raise funds through a community share offer?

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Working with Co-operatives UK has been hugely beneficial for us, from the attention to detail in the prospectus and the standard mark, to understanding the right approach to our community share offer. This has helped us beat our £300,000 share offer target and (hopefully) set us up for success!
– Alex Withington, The George Community

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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