Event sponsors

It is thanks to our generous sponsors that we are able to put on an event of this scale. 


The headline sponsor of the 2017 National Community-Led Housing Conference is:


Ecology Building Society are big supporters of community-led housing, and we're delighted that they are the headline sponsors of the first-ever Community-Led Housing Conference.

Ecology recognises the role of community-led housing to offer a mutual and inclusive approach to tackling housing need and is one of the leading specialist lenders providing finance and sustainable mortgages for both community-led housing groups and their members. They are prepared to work with community-led housing groups at any stage of development.

For more information on Ecology please visit their website. They will also be on hand at the conference, offering advice and answering any questions you may have for them.

Watch this short video to find out how Ecology supports sustainable lending.                                               


 Additional sponsors:

Anthony Collins Solicitors is a spcialist law firm with a clear purpose - to "improve lives, communities and society." For over 40 years they've been successfully combining market-leading legal expertise with a commitment to excellence and long-term relationships underpinned by a strong set of values.

The firm has supported community-led housing for almost 25 years helping create new organisations including working with the special rules for Community Benefit Societies which enable community-investment shares to be issued.  Additionally, they’ve assisted communities get land for development, deal with funding issues, enter into development contracts and set up long-term management arrangements.

To learn more about Anthony Collins Solicitors, please visit their website. They will also be on hand at the conference, offering advice and answering any questions you may have for them.



CAF Venturesome is the social investment arm of the Charities Aid Foundation.They  support charities, social enterprises and community land trusts with affordable investments of £25,000 to over £400,000. Since 2002, they have made over 550 social investments totalling £44m - supporting a diverse range of social organisations to sustain and grow their impact.

CAF Venturesome has been supporting the community housing sector since 2008 through its innovative social investment fund. The Community Land Trust Fund (CLT Fund) provides both early-stage finance for community housing schemes to gain planning permission as well as development finance to support the construction of new affordable homes. To date they have provided support to 41 CLT schemes both in rural and urban locations, and from that have supported a pipeline of 507 new affordable homes.  


Charity Bank is an ethical bank that exists to lend to charities and social enterprises and other organisations where the loan is for a social purpose. 

They offer competitively priced loans, tailored terms and a team of regional managers who are social sector specialists and there to help you find a solution to your funding needs.

Their loans support a wide range of organisations across the arts, community, education, environment, faith, health, housing, regeneration, social care and sports.

You can apply for loans from £50,000 up to £3.25 million and they work with other social lenders to provide larger loans. Repayment terms can be for up to 25 years.

Find out more: visit charitybank.org, call 01732 441919 or email loanenquiries@charitybank.org.    



Established over 30 years ago with a vision to create a bank that would serve the needs of its customers and enrich society as a whole, their purpose is to help organisations to prosper, and contribute to economic, community and environmental change.

With their 'double bottom line' strategy, Unity Trust Bank's focus is on delivering positive social impact, not simply maximising profit. 

For more information visit their website.


Wrigleys Solicitors have been advising on community-led housing projects since the mid-1980s and are nationally regarded as experts in the sector. Their work spans community land trusts, cohousing developments and housing co-operatives.

Members of their team are involved in community-led housing projects themselves, and have first hand practical experience of the issues that may arise. They understand that developing a community-led housing project is a significant task with huge emotional investment and they will be there to help guide you through the legal process.

They advise clients all over the UK and host regular gatherings around the country for community-led housing groups to come together and share their knowledge and experiences. They are also involved in national debates and policy discussions about the community-led housing sector.

For more information about Wrigleys, please see their website. They have a number of lawyers attending the conference who would be delighted to hear about your projects.