For many community owned businesses, a community share offering is a great way to raise investment from the very people which the enterprise intends to benefit.
In the current economic climate, with new figures showing as many as 29 pubs being closed down each week, it’s no surprise that communities are fighting back and rallying together to save the institution which remains at the heart of Britain’s social centre.
As an increasingly popular way to secure the long-term future of community businesses, community shares stand as a sustainable funding system that enables money to be raised from the people who it matters most to.
Crowdfunder.co.uk helps to facilitate community owned assets, with an active network of thousands of people investing in and supporting community enterprises. From shops and piers through to football clubs and farms – the list of sectors is growing all of the time.
One of the perfect examples of community shares forming stronger community bonds, by uniting people with a business that serves a community purpose, is the great British pub.
So far, Crowdfunder.co.uk has supported community owned pubs to raise £1,663,500.
Here are some that we have already helped:
Help Save The Auctioneers Arms August 2017 • £202,800 • 138 investors • 102 days
With a history of pulling pints for over 150 years, The Auctioneers Arms wanted to crowdfund their community share and send out the message that it wasn’t simply about saving a pub, but rather that by coming together they could create a community hub.
Save the Craufurd Arms March 2017 • £279,250 • 193 investors • 39 days
With a passion for real ale and local pubs, The Craufurd Arms crowdfunded their community share to buy the freehold of the premises in order to preserve the pub for future generations.
Save The Spotted Cow March 2017 • £290,860 • 48 investors • 54 days
To save the village pub from developers looking to partially demolish the building and turn the site into housing, The Spotted Cow wanted to create a community owned asset that would run for the good of the village and provide support to the whole community.
Gardeners Rest Community Share Offer November 2016 • £237,600 • 382 investors • 49 days
With no doubt one of the best Crowdfunder.co.uk videos we’ve seen on a project, The Gardeners Rest pub invited the local community to invest in preserving this much loved pub, which has become an invaluable space for people to gather and socialise.
Save The Bromley Cross November 2016 • £212,502 • 96 investors • 42 days
After the Cross Inn, Great Bromley was shut down and an impending future of being turned into houses loomed on the horizon, a few locals decided to get together and do something about it. With the unique opportunity to purchase the premises from the property developer, this community share intended to re-open their much loved public house as a community hub.
When communities take ownership of the things that matter most to them, they become stronger – so don’t just follow the crowd, be the crowd.
Read more about how Crowdfunder can help you with your community share idea and use the form to get in touch today.