Shares.coop is changing again, this time as Alex Bird, of consultancy.coop, who created and has run it for 6 years has decided it is time to pass it over to someone else to look after. It has therefore passed to CBC (Co-operative Business Consultants, cbc.coop) for the next chapter of its life.
My name is Jeremy Thorp and I will be taking over where Alex is leaving off. For the moment, I will keep things much as the are, but will gradually review all the pages on the site and see if there are ways I can make the site more useful for the coops that are listed. The basic idea will stay the same, free listing for any community share offer that asks to be listed, and small fees of £40 per month to be listed at the head of the home page, and £30 per month to be listed in the right side bar. Please continue to send me your share offer details on firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime, many thanks to Alex for his work keeping it going over the years, we will try to keep it going in the same spirit of co-operation among co-operatives.
Since December 2012 we’ve been listing all the Community Shares offers we could find details on. Almost all were in the UK, where Community Shares are an important way to raise funds for worthwhile causes and projects, but we’ve listed a few in other countries as well.
However, the world constantly changes, and we are changing too. More and more Community Shares are being offered via third party crowdfunding sites, and so are much easier for the general public to find. The need for a long list of available offers is less than it was, so we are stopping that service.
Instead we’ll be identifying all those intermediary sites that offer Community Shares, so that anyone looking to invest can still find them easily. We’ll also list any permanently open offers that we know of.
The listing process was very labour intensive, and as it was conducted by volunteers, we’d like to thank them all, as well as the small number of people in other organisations who kept us informed of upcoming offers.
Alex Bird (webmaster)
A quick note to say Small Wind Co-op gift shares are still available – the perfect gift for somebody you know who would love to co-own a wind turbine (or 3 wind turbines in Scotland and Wales to be precise). The gift shares are available until 16 December which is also the end date for our share offer as a whole, in case you would like to buy a few shares for yourself. At a projected 6.5% return they are an attractive ethical investment – and exempt from Inheritance Tax!
See all the details at:
All the best for the festive season
The Sharenergy Team
The New Inn, at Norton Lindsey, https://www.salvationsquad.co.uk the Cross Inn at Bromley http://www.greatbromleycross.org.uk and the Gardeners Rest at Sheffield http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/gardenersrest are all issuing community shares to save the pubs. Still time to invest. More details on our main page
Still time to invest in the Abingdon Arms
See http://www.savetheabingdonarms.org/buy-shares/ or our main page
Two more solar PV schemes have been extended to give more time for investors to take up the offers:-
Grimsby Community Energy – Six community building PV installations totalling 100kW – offer extended to 30/11/16
Plymouth Energy Community – Solar on multiple sites – offer extended to 30/12/16
For details see our main offers page
Leeds Community Homes was set up a year ago with the explicit aim of creating more affordable housing in our city. We’re a community benefit society – which means we can raise money through community shares. We’re also able to act as a Community Land Trust for Leeds – meaning we can hold on to land and buildings for affordable use in perpetuity. Continue reading
SCEES Community Share Offer Launch Event
Monday 7th November, 6.30pm
Swansea Business School UWTSD, High Street, Swansea, SA1 1NE
I am very pleased to be inviting you to attend the launch event of Swansea Community Energy and Investment Scheme’s (SCEES) first community share offer.
SCEES was initiated by Swansea Council and is now a community benefit society which is directed and managed by a group of local enthusiasts. SCEES’ vision is about creating ‘a better future for everyone’. Continue reading
Small Wind Co-op
Our good friends at Sharenergy are delighted to announce the launch of the Small Wind Co-op’s second share offer. They’re raising another £550,000 in shares over the next 2 months to complete the financing of our three turbines in Scotland and Wales. The shares are available on the same basis as the earlier share offer – 6.5% projected return and the opportunity to use the energy generated in your own home via Co-operative Energy. For all the details see the website:
http://www.smallwind.org.uk Continue reading
Aberdeen Community Energy
Hydro on river don. 15 yr 4% fixed rate bond. Min investment £100 max £100k
Closes 31st March 2017 or when target reached.
Grimsby Community Energy
Rooftop solar PV. Minimum investment £500 max £20k
Closes 7th October 2016
Also Camarthanshire Energy has been extended to 30th September 2016
Further details on our main page