Understanding a maturing community shares market

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Sarah Thelwall

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Less than 10 years ago community shares were almost unheard of. Since 2012 £155m has been raised by 104,203 people supporting more than 440 vital businesses. An impressive 92% of these are still trading.

This report demonstrates the significant impact that community shares have had on businesses and communities across the UK. The report finds:

  • Since 2012 £155m has been raised in community share offers
  • 104,203 people have supported >440 businesses
  • 92% of businesses which have raised finance with community shares are still trading
  • 85% of businesses say that running a share offer has had a positive impact on financial performance
  • For every £1 invested in community shares and additional £1.18 is leveraged through grants, loans and institutional investment.

Download the full report here.