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Community Shares Unit

Locality, in partnership with Co-operatives UK, runs the Community Shares Unit to help people invest in enterprises serving a community purpose.

Community shares are a new way of raising investment capital from communities. Local people can buy shares in and become part-owners of a local enterprise. As shareholders they are more likely to do everything they can to ensure the success of the business by becoming loyal customers, volunteers and supporters of the enterprise.

Community shares have financed shops, pubs, community buildings, local food schemes, football clubs and even renewable energy initiatives.