Support to develop community shares which can help save local shops and pubs, finance renewable energy schemes, transform community facilities, support local food growing, fund new football clubs, restore heritage buildings.

...Above all, this means building stronger, more vibrant, and independent communities.

Since 2009, almost 120,000 people have invested over £100m to support 350 community businesses throughout the UK. The term 'community shares' refers to withdrawable share capital; a form of share capital unique to co-operative and community benefit society legislation. The website has lot of information to help you decide whether raising finance via a community share offer could be right for your community business.

Support Reach: 
GM Wide
National
Bolton
Bury
Manchester
Oldham
Rochdale
Salford
Stockport
Tameside
Trafford
Wigan
Types of support on offer: 
Development, strategy & capacity building
Finance & funding (supporting access to)
Online guides & information
Start-up support/advice