2015 A Record Year

In 2015 Shared Interest saw it's 25th anniversary, we celebrated the occassion with a commemorative flag which travelled the globe, a fantastic AGM on the banks of the Tyne, as well as surpassing our targets of investment and lending. 


With 177 customers globally, we recruited additional staff overseas and created a UK lending team responsible for customers in Europe, North America, Asia and Pacific Rim.

Shortlisted for 13 awards, and winner of the prestigious Third Sector Award in the Enterprise category, we can be sure that this commemorative year has reflected the progress made since our inception in 1990.

We have made payments of £51.4m, reaching over 400 organisations in 58 countries. We have also continued to increase product diversity, seeing a growth in lending to producers trading in fresh fruit, nuts, and cocoa.

Our biennial member survey showed a continuing trend of our members' fair trade motivation, and this year highlighted their interest in environmental issues. For the first time, members will be able to make investment transactions online.

We are proud that Shared Interest was the first organisation to receive the Community Shares Standard for open share offers. Designed to bring greater standardisation into the community shares market, it is an honour to carry this accreditation.

In response to our 25th anniversary challenge to raise our profile and investment levels, our volunteers and ambassadors have taken part in more events than ever before; dedicating almost 700 hours of their own time to promoting Shared Interest.