Welcome to The 12 Days Of Crowdfunding… a celebration of our top picks from 2017 – and trust me, there were a lot to choose from. We take our hats off to all of our project owners, who are a collection of some of the finest changemakers out there. They are working hard everyday to make their mark on communities across the whole of the UK, with the help of the Crowd of course. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and can’t wait to welcome in the New Year with the same resolution that we always abide by (we don’t mind if you want to steal it as yours too)… Make Ideas Happen.
In August 2017, The Auctioneers Arms achieved crowdfunding success and raised £202,800 from 135 investors. 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.
In March 2017, The Craufurd Arms achieved crowdfunding success and raised £279,250 from 193 investors. 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.
In September 2017, The Northumberland Arms achieved crowdfunding success and raised £298,100 from 191 investors. Looking to save ‘The Thumb’, the community behind this Crowdfunder project had a vision to reopen as a great pub and cafe.
In March 2017, The Spotted Cow achieved crowdfunding success and raised £290,860 from 48 investors. 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.
Have you ever thought about owning your local pub? Well 2017’s community pubs are prime examples of some communities that are fighting back against the increasing number of pub closures, by rallying together to take control of the institution which remains at the heart of Britain’s social centre. With new figures revealing that as many as 29 pubs are being closed down each week, offering a community share through Crowdfunder is an innovative, and increasingly popular, way to secure the long-term future of a community business.
When communities take ownership of the things that matter most to them, they become stronger, and these four pubs are now facing a bright and inclusive future.
Dave Boyle, Director of The Community Shares Company, said, “I hope that the future sees more people investing and owning the things that matter to them – especially spreading beyond the pubs, shops and football clubs into even more sectors and that organisations who’ve raised capital start to see possibilities for their next share issues on Crowdfunder.co.uk.”
Matt Giles, Director of Commercial Operations at Crowdfunder, said, “The great British local is the beating heart of so many local (and in particular, rural) communities. Not only do they encompass the true meaning of community spirit, but pubs also provide the opportunity to socialise with multi-generations – it’s part of our cultural DNA. An increasing problem however, is that larger breweries are acquiring these local pubs who then lose their identity and freedom to express community creativity. When a local pub becomes community owned, it redefines the whole meaning of freehouse – they are free to stock the products they wish, and run the events that the community wants to see happen. “