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.
Communities all over the UK are rallying together to setup and run local businesses – and sometimes even own them! Bakeries, pubs, publications, gardens, football clubs, piers, farms – you name it, they’ve done it.
2017 saw a rise in communities taking charge of their local assets by inviting the local community to invest and become an owner and shareholder in the business. This is called a community share offer, and it’s a great way to raise investment from the very people which the enterprise intends to benefit.
In a display of true community spirit, these projects are demonstrating how we can come together to secure a brighter future.
New Internationalist are building a movement for media that brings people together, and invited supporters to buy into and own journalism that is defined by facts and heart. Unlike other media businesses that depend on corporate advertisers, they wanted their honest and independent journalism to be owned by the people who share their values.
Kirkstall Valley Development Trust
For years, there has been talk of creating a public park at Kirkstall Valley and bringing the mills into use, but nothing has happened. The Development Trust behind this Crowdfunder project set out to achieve just this, and create an inner city park and convert two heritage mills into environmental education and community use.
Unlocking The Warehouse
The Warehouse, much loved home and community hub of Birmingham Friends of the Earth, has been creating positive environmental change from their building and reaching out into the wider community for the last 40 years. They invited supporters to invest, to ensure that they can carry on doing so for another 40 years and take their positive impact on the local community, economy and the environment to a new level.
OUR BIG ASK
Aero Space Kinross (ASK) will be a uniquely themed, Aviation, Astronomy and Space Flight Science Centre based in the heart of Scotland. However, they needed a project team to create their family oriented flight and space themed science centre, and also wanted to build a full scale kit plane in the school. They asked supporters to invest and help them to inspire future generations into flight themed STEM related careers and leisure pursuits.
122 year old Shotley Pier has been for sale for years, but this community group set out to buy and renovate it for working and leisure use. With the vision to enable activities such as leisure fishing, crabbing, kayaking, rowing, and boat day trips, this Crowdfunder project invited supporters to join them and own a piece of the unique Victorian pier.
KomediaBath aims to keep the good times rolling and invited their community to become co-owners of the important venue in Bath. Inspired by the innovative idea of community ownership, they believe that with the full support and engagement of a community that cares, they will be better placed to triumph over the stresses and strains that have led to the closure of so many independent venues and arts institutions across the country in recent years.
The GlenWyvis Open Share Offer
GlenWyvis Distillery invites supporters to become part-owners in their Scottish Whiskey Distillery, enabling the continued development of both the Distillery and the local community of Dingwall. Due to the scale and level of interest in this endeavour, GlenWyvis Distillery moved on to an Open Share Offer, which means that they can keep receiving investment and giving out shares without an end date.
From The Team
Phil Geraghty, Managing Director at Crowdfunder, said, “The
junction between enterprise and community is a fast growing and exciting place. The amazing advances that have been made by thousands of communities all over the UK is incredible, and having a hugely positive impact on our society. We look forward to the change that we are all going to make together over the coming year.”