The Community Shares Company
Is there a project in your area – perhaps a pub, the local shop, a housing project, even a wind turbine– that could benefit your community, but needs money to become a reality? This is where community shares can help. The community can unite to buy shares, and enable the project to become sustainable. Community shares don’t have to be large investments, shares can start at £50 or even lower, and people can come together to make an investment.
Research shows that people often use their savings pots to invest in community shares, because it’s a long-term investment, not a donation. This means the average investment in community shares is around eight times higher than what people would normally donate. It’s important to know that community shares don’t produce dividends for shareholders, but shareholders may get interest payments and their investment might be repaid to them later if the enterprise is doing really well.
Often a community share issue unlocks lots of additional support and help because shareholders have invested and become its greatest advocates – you can create a volunteer army at the same time as raising the money you need!