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Community Shares Step-by-Step is an online tool that enables you to work towards launching a community share offer.

It is designed to help anyone considering raising community shares at any stage of development, from those investigating the idea for the very first time, to those who are on the verge of issuing an offer.

This tool is designed in three steps:

  • Step 1: Are community shares the right option? An initial exercise to determine whether community shares are the right option for your group based on your circumstances and plans regarding your business idea, your organisation and your community.
  • Step 2: Getting Ready: If the initial exercise identifies that community shares are right for you, then this phase guides you through the key tasks associated with the business plan, governance and community engagement, to get ready for launching a share offer.
  • Step 3: Preparing the Offer: Once you have completed all these key tasks, this final phase is an opportunity for you to make sure you have considered everything ahead of launching your share offer. Particularly if you are applying for the Community Shares Standard Mark to demonstrate that your offer meets good practice.
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