Communities Like Us

January 2021 Like us, there are a number of other community-led organisations in Devon and Cornwall, and from time to time each of us have a campaign to expand our membership and raise share capital. One of the seven co-operative principles is to be ‘co-operative amongst co-operatives’. So we are wanting to Read more…

Blog – A New Year and A New Partner

January 2021 Mike Lowe, one of the MSP directors, reflects on the 2020 share offer and the organisation’s ambitious and exciting plans moving forward. Despite the many unknowns at the peak of the first pandemic lockdown, Mustard Seed Property (MSP) launched its 2020 community share offer. We had no idea Read more…

Blog – Next steps

October 2020 MSP Director Mike Lowe, discusses what happens next in our Redruth Property Yes, our newest scheme in Redruth has received planning permission, so all system are go! Our client Karrek Community CIC, a domiciliary support group in Cornwall, has been eagerly anticipating the start of the refurbishment that Read more…

Two Weeks To Go!

18 September 2020 How’s The Share Offer Doing? Extended to 30 November – further opportunity to invest We’re over halfway to reaching our target of £600,000 for the Mustard Seed Property’s latest community share offer. Reaching the halfway mark of just over £300,000 is a massive milestone and it has Read more…

Blog – Karrek Community

Karrek Community’s co-founder Geeta Ashton gives an update of how Karrek has managed to continue to provide its much needed services during the COVID-19 pandemic 2020 has proved to be an eventful year for Karrek Community. During the lockdown we continued to remain active and provided support for people for Read more…

Fund matching offer from Andrews Charitable Trust – helping us to achieve our target quicker

September 2018

We are delighted to announce that for every £1 invested in Mustard Seed Property will now be matched by Andrews Charitable Trust (ACT) – getting us more quickly to the £300,000 target for a property which will provide long term housing for vulnerable adults with learning difficulties in Cornwall. This means that for every £1 invested, ACT will also invest £1, up to a maximum of £50,000, until the £300,000 target is reached.

Andrews Charitable Trust was established by Cecil Jackson-Cole, who was the original founder of Oxfam, andwhich owns 100% of the well known Estate Agency chain Andrews Property Group. Since they were founded in 1965, ACT have helped over 180 beneficiary charities, ranging from housing to health projects, both in the UK and Internationally.


Community Share Offers – an investment for all shapes and sizes

May 2018

Daniel Brewer, one of our directors, discusses why he likes Community Share Offers!

Last week was Mustard Seed Property’s (MSP) best yet in our current share offer.  We jumped from £30,000 to over £170,000.  Yes, this was to a large extent due to one foundation adding £100,000, but there were some significant others as well.  One of the reasons I love community share issues (and Mustard Seed Property’s in particular) is that they have the power to engage the foundations, the second home owners and the MPs, all of whom we might expect to invest, and have done!  But it also includes the retired widow, the farmer, the holidaymaker and the local business. It enables all of us to contribute what we can and treats us as equals: one member one vote.   We become, not just investors looking for a positive outcome and a reasonable rate of return, we become something together that we could not achieve on our own.  The power of the collective capitalism harnessed for the common good – still delivering what John Ludlow foresaw when the first ‘Industrial and Provident Societies Partnership Act’ was passed under the Derby/Disraeli Tory government of 1852.