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Co-operative & Community Finance

Brunswick Court, Brunswick Square, Bristol BS2 8PE
0117 916 6750

About us

We’ve been successfully managing funds and making loans in a specialist market for over 40 years. 

We are the oldest community development finance institution (CDFI) in the UK and, we believe, one of the most successful and sustainable. 

We are also one of the very few CDFIs that are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the conduct of investment business. 

When it comes to managing funds, assessing risks and minimising losses while maximising social impact … we know what we’re doing. We want to share our expertise and experience with organisations – large or small, local or regional, national or international – that share our values. 

 We can provide a comprehensive range of fund management services tailored to individual needs that may save you time and money and could help you to meet objectives. We are always keen to work in partnership with like-minded organisations to develop new finance packages for enterprises that will help to deliver social, environmental or community benefit in particular sectors.

We offer

We lend to organisations that are owned and democratically controlled by their members, who are usually either employees, customers or members of a community.

Loans from £10,000 to £75,000 are readily available, and we are able to lend up to £150,000 using other funds. 

We do not require personal guarantees. 

We manage a range of loan funds throughout the UK, and currently have around £4m available to lend. 

Our staff will be glad to advise on the availability of specific funds and the most suitable forms of finance for your business. 

We welcome applications from… New enterprises; Expanding enterprises; Employee buyouts; Community-owned shops, pubs and facilities; Renewable energy co-operatives; Community share issues; Housing co-operatives; and other enterprises

We support

  • Avon
  • Money
  • Networks
  • Investment
  • Cornwall
  • Somerset


Co-operative & Community Finance is a democratic organisation, owned and controlled by its members. 

Members are investors, borrowers and supporters. 

Membership is open to both individuals and organisations

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