Community Shares – Caveat Emptor – Buyer Beware
It is important to understand that the purchase of Community Shares, i.e. shares in Industrial and Provident Societies, is unregulated, and any money you invest is at risk. The professional organisations involved in supporting these share issues are working to ensure high standards of business planning and financial probity and transparency are maintained, but none of the Community Share issues on this website are endorsed or underwritten.
There have been very few business failures so far as most such schemes are either relatively low risk businesses such as green energy installations, or are supported by volunteers efforts such as community shops and pubs.
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