Breakout 7: Community Shares – Impact Investing for Everyone
Community Shares – you could own part of a social enterprise working to make a difference in Northern Ireland – come along to find out how.
The term ‘community shares’ refers to withdrawable share capital; a form of share capital unique to co-operative and community benefit society legislation. This type of share capital can only be issued by co-operative societies, community benefit societies and charitable community benefit societies.
Community shares can save local shops and pubs, finance renewable energy schemes, transform community facilities, support local food growing, fund new football clubs, restore heritage buildings, and above all, build stronger, more vibrant, and independent communities.
Since 2009, almost a 120,000 people have invested over £100m to support 350 community businesses throughout the UK and over the last 4 years Cooperative Alternatives has, supported by the Building Change Trust been supporting the development of and share offers by this type of social enterprise in Northern Ireland.
Come along to the session to learn more about community shares and hear from local social enterprises seeking to develop their work and raise finance in this way.
You’ll get to hear some pitches , ask questions and spend some play money.