Baker Brown associates

Serving the social economy


The following documents are all written by Jim Brown, and can be downloaded in pdf format.

Baker Brown Associates, 31 Ambrose Road, Bristol BS8 4RJ UK

Tel 0117 9250824† email

The social enterprise numbers game

The government claims there are at least 55,000 social enterprises in the UK. But are their figures to be believed? This article scrutinizes the evidence used to arrive at this estimate. A version of this article first appeared in the Social Enterprise Magazine, Issue No. 57, May 2007 DOWNLOAD

Community investment using IPS legislation

A practical guide to using Industrial and Provident Society (IPS) legislation to raise equity capital from communities. The publication identifies 60 societies that have together raised over £47million from their members. Published 2008 DOWNLOAD


Community Shares Handbook

Published in July 2011, this was the first comprehensive guide to community shares, based on the work of the Community Shares action-research programme. DOWNLOAD

This report provides a summary of the findings from the first year of the Community Shares Programme, a two-year action-research project. The report was published in April 2010. DOWNLOAD

The Community Shares Programme: One Year On

This publication is aimed at people who are contemplating purchasing community shares and is written in non-financial language. Published 2016. DOWNLOAD

Investing in Community Shares

Practitioners Guide to Community Shares

Published by the Community Shares Unit, this is the definitive guide for community sharesócovering all the relevant legal requirements and voluntary good practice standards for share offers DOWNLOAD