About Dunbar Community Bakery
Dunbar Community Bakery was founded as an Industrial and Provident Society (a type of co-operative formed for the benefit of the community) in June 2009 to enable the community to set up and run this business. This legal structure makes it easy for local people to invest in the business to give it the working capital it requires to become established.
All shareholders in the business have an equal say (however many shares you own you have one vote) in the running of the business and can put themselves forward to be on the Management Committee.
If you would like to help us raise further capital by purchasing shares in the cooperative, this will help us greatly. We will be able to invest in new capital items and continue to develop the business. Please click:
This will enable you to make a secure payment to the Dunbar Cooperative Bakery via the PayPal e-payments system using a credit or debit card.
You can invest up to £100 online by selecting the appropriate investment option. But please note that however much you do invest, all shareholders in the co-operative only have one vote.
If you wish to invest more than £100 in shares please download and print out the invitation-to-invest form and send us a cheque by post or pick up a form in the shop.
Once your e-payment has been processed by PayPal, we will send you an e-mail to confirm receipt. A share certificate will be sent to your postal address in due course.
You will also receive shareholder updates from the Management Committee by e-mail when they are issued.
Will you get your money back?
We believe the bakery will be trading profitably within three years. Shareholders will then be offered an opportunity to withdraw capital. However, any cash withdrawals will be at the discretion of the Management Committee at the time.
Please regard your financial contribution to Dunbar Community Bakery as a social investment. Shareholders should not expect to make a financial gain, as they might do by purchasing shares on the stock market. If the bakery fails to become profitable, investors may lose all or part of their money.
We do not expect to distribute profits to shareholders in the form of dividends. All profits will be reinvested in the bakery and charitable activities that benefit the local community. However, we do offer shareholders a 10% discount on purchases made at the bakery.