Supportive loan finance to help people take control of their economic lives and create social benefit.
We exclusively serve the co-operative and social enterprise sector.
Over the last 40 years we’ve supported hundreds of businesses, from small community-led enterprises to large award-winning organisations. All of our funds are democratically owned and controlled by our members. We lend to those that practice the principles of co-operation, social ownership and sustainable development. Our rates are competitive and we don’t require personal guarantees.more about borrowing from us >>
A timely loan from Co-operative & Community Finance has helped to secure the future of the most southerly and westerly housing co-operative in England. On 29 September 2016 Spiral Collective Housing Co-operative became the owner of the Cottage and associated land and buildings on the picturesque Pendennis Headland in Falmouth, Cornwall. Spiral Collective had occupied […]
The UK’s leading supplier of personalised school uniform, which is employee-owned, is investing in new IT and preparing for growth with the help of loans from Co-operative & Community Finance and the Co-operative Loan Fund. Sheffield-based School Trends supplies 6,000 schools and well over 1 million school children throughout the UK with personalised school uniforms. […]
A loan from Co-operative & Community Finance is helping an innovative international creative agency to expand and strengthen its co-operative structure. Small Axe, with offices in London and Colombo (in Sri Lanka), provides creative communications for courageous causes. The name comes from a Jamaican proverb made famous by Bob Marley: “if you are the big […]
News & Views
We are proud to be sponsoring the 2016 Community Ownership Awards. If you have a community-run business in your region that you feel goes above and beyond to support the community then please nominate them here: communityownershipawards.com. Nominations close on Friday 14 October at 5pm. The winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony in London on […]
Plunkett Foundation, our lead partner in the £3.62m programme for community pubs announced in March, is inviting community groups in Nothern England to a free, two-day tour of local pubs that have been saved successfully as co-operatives. Plunkett Foundation is offering places to groups at the early stages of considering community ownership as an option for saving […]
I am writing to introduce myself as the New Business Development Manager at Co-operative & Community Finance. You may be aware that there have been a couple of changes to the team this year and I have been recruited to take over Ian Rothwell’s role as he moves into the Investment Manager position. This follows Ian […]