Because B4RN is non-profit we aren’t interested in commercial speculation, so we only extend our network into communities where we’re wanted. Each new area that invites B4RN in needs to raise a certain level of investment to cover the work and materials required for their area’s installation. Currently, a significant amount of that cost is being met with government voucher funding.

Shares

Every community’s core investment is made up of shares, the value of which can be ring-fenced for supporting the build-out in their area.

  • Minimum shareholding £100 / maximum £100,000.
  • All shareholders are members of B4RN. One member one vote.
  • Shares must be held for a minimum of 3 years.
  • Investment in shares attract the current rate of 5% which can paid out or reinvested year on year.
  • Some shareholders choose to invest £1,500 and claim free connection worth £150. (The £1,500 must be invested in a single transaction to qualify for a free connection. Full rules here.)
  • Shares can only ever be sold back to B4RN at £1 each.

Find Out More

For a more comprehensive outline of investing in B4RN, take a look at our Share Prospectus by clicking here.

For full details of what it means to become a member of the B4RN Community Benefit Society you can read the society’s rules handbook by clicking here.

Apply

Should you wish to apply for shares you can:

Click here for an application form which you can download and print.

Alternatively, email info@b4rn.org.uk to request an application pack be mailed to you.

There are two sections – one for individuals (and partners) (A) and one for organisations (D).

You’ll need to fill out and sign the relevant form and send it to:
B4RN, Station Yard, Melling via Carnforth, Lancashire, LA6 2QY

Enterprise Investment Scheme

In January 2019, HMRC ruled Community Benefit Societies – like B4RN – were no longer eligible for the Enterprise Investment Scheme. Details can be found here.