Are you a start-up organisation or local authority wanting to find out more about our work?
We are often contacted by other community energy groups and local authorities for help with developing similar models in their own area. We are keen to help the community energy movement grow and there are a number of ways that we can do this:
Direct mentoring and advice
After working successfully together on all of our renewables projects, we have partnered with Communities for Renewables CIC to offer local authorities and community energy groups our joint expertise to help develop and implement community energy strategies. Click here to read more about how we can help.
The Hive Peer Mentoring
We are mentoring other co-ops, as part of Co-operatives UK’s peer mentoring scheme through The Hive. It’s available for co-ops and community businesses at the early stages of development.
Mentors are viewed as a sounding board and business friend. They help to generate problem solving ideas and encourage strategic thinking. Mentoring activities are likely to be undertaken using a range of interventions, including face to face meetings (one to one or group), telephone calls, and email exchanges.
If you’re looking to set up a co-operative, or know people who are, please encourage them to apply for the peer mentoring scheme, and get matched with an experienced mentor (like us) who have experience and knowledge to share.
Visit The Hive website to see which organisations are involved and how to apply.
Community Share Compliance Mark
The Community Shares Unit (CSU) provides good practice guidance and promotes high standards of voluntary regulation among societies issuing community shares. The Community Shares Unit has introduced a Standard Mark for share offer documents that comply with their guidance. The scheme is run under the supervision of a technical committee composed of representatives from the FCA, HM Treasury, the Charity Commission, and an independent legal adviser.
The Standard Mark is available to a society planning to make a public share offer. Societies are required to work with a licensed practitioner in order to be awarded the Mark. The licensed practitioner is responsible for assessing the offer using an assessment framework developed by the CSU.