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 >>
The residents of Caverswall, near Stoke on Trent, flocked to the Auctioneers Arms on 19 May 2018 to celebrate the reopening of their local pub, affectionately named The Knocks. The glorious day started with a speech from the town crier of Leek, Bill Lomas, before the bar was officially opened. This marked the end of […]
The world’s first circus performance is thought to have taken place in London in 1768. Today, in this 250th anniversary year, one of the champions of the transformative power of circus is an extraordinary social enterprise based in a former mining village in south Wales. Operating from the old church hall in Gwaun Cae Gurwen, […]
The people of Ash, near Sandwich in Kent, have succeed in buying the 500-year old Chequer Inn that has been closed for four years. The pub had previously been bought by a developer but the villagers blocked the planning application and persuaded the local authority to make the pub and Asset of Community Value. They […]
News & Views
Tuesday 26 June 2018 For Co-operative & Community Finance 2017 was certainly the Year of the Pub. We lent nearly £688,000 to 10 community pub groups. With 2018 set to follow that trend we thought it apt to hold our AGM this year at the More Than a Pub national conference. So this year the […]
We are actively looking for new people to join our board of directors. Co-operative & Community Finance is a well-established and respected organisation which has supported the sector with finance for 45 years. We continue to grow steadily in an ever changing environment and are looking for enthusiastic individuals to help us navigate the challenges […]
In 2017 we continued to work with the Real Farming Trust and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to deliver the Just Growth programme. This 18-month initiative was set up to nurture community enterprises that are farming and producing food in a responsible way. Six projects received a funding package made up of one third loan finance, one […]