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.