Baker Brown associates

Serving the social economy


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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. DOWNLOAD

(Clear Print version) Published 2008.

Practitioners Guide to Community Shares

Published in July 2011, this is the latest and most comprehensive guide to community shares, produced by the Community Shares programme, a joint initiative between Co-operatives UK and Locality, funded by the Cabinet Office and the Department of Communities and Local Government. 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 short publication is aimed at people who are contemplating purchasing community shares and is written in non-financial language. Published 2010. DOWNLOAD

Investing in Community Shares