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Title: What is community Investment?


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What is community Investment?
  • Community investment involves members of a
    community buying shares or bonds in an enterprise
    that serves a community purpose.
  • It empowers communities by giving member/owners
    a direct and active role in the enterprise.
  • Members receive a fair return on their investment
    as well as sharing in the social, environmental
    or community benefits.

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Growth in community investment
  • Community investment practices date back to the
    nineteenth century. Last ten years has seen a
    revival of interest in the practice.

SourceHugh RoloDTA
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Basic facts and figures
  • There are more than 80 UK examples of gtthan
    10,000 of community investment
  • Total community investment is 265m
  • Collective membership nearly 6m
  • 40 new cases in last 10 years
  • Median amount raised is 135,000

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Ekopia
  • A Co-operative
  • Registered in Feb 2001
  • 270 members
  • Assets of 800,000 plus
  • Development Trust
  • www.ekopia-findhorn.org

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Types of Structure - in UK
  • Company Ltd by guarantee/Charity
  • Company Ltd. by shares
  • Co-operative
  • CIC
  • LLP
  • Plc

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Co-operative Types
  • Bona Fide or Co-operative Society
  • Community Benefit Society
  • Look similar
  • Community ownership or owned by members of the
    Community?

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Company Structure and Shares
  • Well-known and understood
  • Relatively inexpensive
  • BUT
  • Cant advertise shares
  • Definitely seen as commercial

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Co-op Structure and Shares
  • Can advertise
  • Relatively inexpensive
  • BUT
  • NOT well-known and understood
  • May confuse grant funders

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Phoenix Community Stores
  • Turnover of just over 1 million
  • Books, crafts, remedies
  • Food the biggest area of growth

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Types of Investment
  • 270k invested by Ekopia in Phoenix
  • Loans
  • Preference Shares
  • Ordinary Shares
  • Members in Ekopia
  • Co-operative Shares
  • Minimum of 500 invested

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Loans
  • Bank vs Private
  • FSA issues

Zero Interest shares are outside the scope
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Social Investments in detail - in the
UK http//www.senscot.net/view_res.php?viewid4986

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Main Projects
  • Phoenix Shop
  • NFD Chalets
  • Wind Park
  • Newbold Trust
  • Eko Currency
  • Community Land and Housing Trust
  • Development Partners

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Photo Liza Hollingshead
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