A new online tool aims to help groups successfully navigate their way to a community share launch, from just an initial idea or on the verge of issuing an offer. Produced by the Community Shares Unit with Community Shares Scotland, the tool will generate a bespoke report that highlights key areas of action. See Community Shares Step by Step.
The Community Shares Unit has also published a briefing note on the implications of rule changes to the Enterprise Investment Scheme and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme tax reliefs announced as part of the Summer Finance Bill. » Continue reading news item ... “Advice on community share offers”
Community shares are set to see an increase this year of 124 per cent in value compared to 2013, according to a survey by Nesta.
More in this Co-operative UK press release, http://www.uk.coop/pressrelease/research-reveals-rise-socially-minded-investor.
Communities, organisations and campaigners in Northern Ireland interested in launching a community shares offer should check out the support programme being offered by Co-operative Alternatives.
See http://www.coopalternatives.coop/community-shares/, apply by 16th June.
(Source: NICVA eNews)
The Community Shares Unit (run by Locality and Co-operatives UK) is to launch a Community Shares Training Pilot this summer, for anyone involved or interested in offering professional advice and support to community enterprises developing share offers.
The launch will be at a Community Shares Practitioner Open Day on 8th July in Birmingham, details from CSU.
The Community Shares Unit, from Locality and Co-operatives UK, has launched a revamped website, with new features including an interactive map, searchable Community Shares Handbook and new case studies.
News item or front page http://communityshares.org.uk.
According to an article from community sector support body Locality, The Hastings Pier Charity (http://www.hpcharity.co.uk) is the first example of a registered charity which has converted to a Community Benefit Society while at the same time retaining exempt charity status. This allowed it to issue community shares.
Locality, Co-ops UK and the Community Shares Unit are now working with the regulators to improve what was a tortuous process, so others may benefit. » Continue reading news item ... “Converting a charity to issue community shares”