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Some societies are incorporated under older versions of model rules that do not specify terms for withdrawable, or community shares.

A co-operative society is run for the mutual benefit of members who use its services.

Incorporation means creating a legal identity for an organisation that is distinct from its members – a ‘corporate body’.

To understand how much you are likely to raise in investment, and whether you have set yourselves realistic targets for your share offer, it is wor

All share offer documents need to include identification of the key risks facing the investment project, and plans for mitigating these risks.

The Community Shares Standards Mark is awarded to societies whose share offers meet national standards of good practice.

The basic information that should be included in all share offer documents is covered in the Community Shares Handbook, see

The motivation to buy shares in a society is wholly different from the motivation to buy shares in a company.

A society can manage its capital liquidity in a number of ways.

There are three main benchmarks for determining a fair interest rate: