An Invitation to Purchase Community Shares in                    Almondsbury Community Shop



As you may be aware we rent the Old School House from the Church. Every year this beautiful old building's declining state of repair results in lots of hassle for everyone involved. From our perspective we would much prefer to buy the property rather than rent but this would require substantial funds. However owning the property would enable us to maintain and improve this great community building and shop facility for posterity. Recent discussions with the Parochial Church Council have indicated that they are interested in our proposal, with obvious caveats regarding the purchase price.


But how could we raise several hundred thousand pounds to both purchase the property and undertake urgent repairs? Some grants and loans may be available but since 2009 many community businesses have issued Community Shares to raise funds from members of their own community. To date over 120,000 people have raised more than £100m to support 400+ community businesses throughout the UK so we have determined to try to do the same. What are Community Shares and what's so special about them?


  1. They can only be issued by registered Community Benefit Societies such as ours.

  2. They pay a competitive interest rate, are withdrawable from the Society at the original purchase price and cannot be traded or transferred between other parties.

  3. To encourage people to invest in their community, the shares qualify as an Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) with UK tax authorities. This provides significant personal tax benefits including:





To raise over £300,000 towards

the purchase and renovation of the premises of

Almondsbury Community Shop




To secure the future of a community facility

To make a return on your savings

To receive substantial tax reliefs

To own shares backed by a property asset



Community Shares are a great opportunity for you to invest in your community and get a return on your savings!! 


To help explain, we have produced a pamphlet describing the Community Share offer which is available below (online) and in the shop in paper form.


Below you will find the questions addressed in the pamphlet and a link to register your interest in the shares online. A paper form is also available in the shop if you prefer.


Links are also provided to some external sources of information about Community Shares for your examination.



Our Pamphlet answers these questions;  click them to read the pamphlet for the answers or click the link to register your interest...


What is Almondsbury Communnity Shop?


Who runs the Shop and the Society?


What is this investment for?


Why invest?


What's in it for you?


Can anyone buy community shares?


What is the minimum investment?


Is there a maximum investment?


When would the investment be needed?


What are the risks of buying community shares?


Can I withdraw my shares?


How safe is my money?


Is the Shop financially robust?


What happens next?


Register my interest now!

Plunkett Foundation guide to Community Investment
Adobe Acrobat document [209.9 KB]
Community Shares Guide
Adobe Acrobat document [1.8 MB]

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