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Community shares resources

There's a wealth of information in our community shares resources, including the essential Community Shares Handbook. 

The Community Shares Handbook
Our essential handbook on the legalities and practicalities of community shares
Community Shares Finance Guide
An accessible guide to managing community share capital in societies

Community shares report 2023: Communities doing it for themselves

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It has been a decade since the Community Shares Unit launched in 2012 with over £210 million raised using this unique form of finance.

Community Shares report 2023 – communities doing it for themselves
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Recovery Share Offers Guidance

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The purpose of this guidance is to support societies to use community shares to improve their solvency as part of their response and recovery to a crisis. 

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Guidance for societies facing financial strife

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Our guidance for societies facing financial strife clearly outlines the steps societies should take when experiencing financial difficulty.

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Charities SORP Information Sheet for Community Benefit Societies

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This Information Sheet is designed to assist practitioners in implementing the Charities SORP (FRS 102) in relation to the preparation of accounts for Charitable Community Benefit Societies with specific reference to their use of community shares, i.e. withdrawable, non-transferable share capital.

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Charities SORP Information Sheet
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Charities SORP (FRS 102)
Charities SORP Information Sheet - templates
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Shariah Compliant Community Shares Guidance

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Shariah Compliant Community Shares
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Community Ownership Fund: Maximising impact through Community Shares

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This paper focuses on why and how the Community Ownership Fund can utilise the Community Shares financing model.

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Understanding a maturing community shares market

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Understanding a maturing community shares market is the most comprehensive report ever published on the community shares sector – funded by Power to Change and Community Shares Scotland.

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Understanding a maturing community shares market – new report
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£155 + raised through community share offers – social media graphic
£155 + raised through community share offers – social media graphic
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For every £1 invested, £1.18 is leveraged in grants and loans – social media graphic
For every £1 invested, £1.18 is leveraged in grants and loans – social media graphic
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85% say running a community share offer has a positive impact on business – social media graphic
85% say running a community share offer has a positive impact on business – social media graphic
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80% invest because of wider social or environmental benefits – social media graphic
80% invest because of wider social or environmental benefits – social media graphic
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585 share offers by 440 businesses – social media graphic
585 share offers by 440 businesses – social media graphic
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36% of businesses are planning a second share offer – social media graphic
36% of businesses are planning a second share offer – social media graphic
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Community Shares: Inside the Market Report 2015

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Community Shares: Inside the Market Report 2015

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A guide to investing in community shares

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Investing in community shares is a simple, direct and engaging way of supporting businesses that serve your community.

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