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 >>
Work is well underway on a £1.1m project to transform a row of seven empty Georgian houses in central Sheffield into a new community-owned centre for artists, designers and makers called The Roco. The Grade II listed buildings are being substantially redesigned to house galleries, workshops, studios, offices, events space, café/bar, terrace and roof garden. […]
Cornish community opens new village hub after receiving loans from Co-operative & Community Finance and The Co-operative Loan Fund. A group of locals from the Rame Peninsula in South East Cornwall came together to found The Peninsula Trust on 19 March 2014, with the aim of supporting their community. Exactly one year later, they are […]
We’re looking for a Business Development Manager to join our team; to increase our profile and generate revenue streams in ways which are consistent with our mission. The mission is to enable democratic ownership and control of enterprises through the provision of loans and investments.
Location: Home-Based / Bristol / UK Wide
Hours: 35 per week
Salary: Circa £40 – £47k
News & Views
How should co-operatives finance growth? It is one of the biggest questions facing co-operative businesses today. Not all co-operatives want to grow. But when they do – particularly when a co-operative wants to expand quickly – there is challenge. Congress 2015 is a step towards the UK co-operative sector providing its own answers to the […]
A new package of funding and support for ‘real farming’ will be launched on 13 July. The Just Growth programme aims to nurture the development of community enterprises that are farming and producing food in an environmentally and socially responsible way. Co-operative & Community Finance is working in partnership with the Real Farming Trust and […]