There are two ways you can invest in BWCE
By buying shares in BWCE and becoming a member and/or buying Bonds.
Membership of BWCE is through shareholding with nearly everyone eligible to become a member. The minimum investment in shares needed to become a member is £500. As a member you will be able to vote at the AGM, elect directors and have a say in how the Community Fund is run as well as receive interest on your shares. We have paid the target 7% for every year since we started.
As an Industrial & Provident Society we operate on the basis of one member, one vote.
Who can own shares in BWCE
- Anyone over the age of 16
- Shares can be held on behalf of a person under 16 and transferred to their ownership on their 16th birthday – complete the appropriate section of the application form in the Share Offer Document.
- A corporate body, for example a charity, a limited company, another co-operative or plc
- Certain types of pension fund for example Self Invested Personal Pensions (SIPPs)
There are currently no share offers open but if you want to buy ‘second hand’ share or you have any questions about ownership of BWCE shares contact us.
Investing in Bonds
Anyone over the age of 18 can invest in the current Bond offer. The next bond offer will be for £1 million and will benefit from an initial fixed 5 year term with an interest rate of 5.0%. It is also eligible for inclusion in the new Independent Finance ISA (IFISA). This means investments made in this ‘wrapper’ will have their interest paid tax free.
As a Bondholder you do not have the same rights as a ‘member’ (see above). In other words you can not stand as director, vote at AGMs etc. We do however involve and welcome Bondholders in the life of BWCE as much as is constitutional possible.