Investor members

Information for current shareholders

On this page you’ll find information and FAQs for existing investments. If your query isn’t answered, please email members@lowcarbonhub.org.

For full details of your investment, please refer to the Rules of the Low Carbon Hub IPS and the Share Offer document for your particular investment.

To view our previous Share Offers, and find information on interest payment and financial returns, please go to our Previous Offers page.

Changing your details

If you need to change your contact details (name, address, email etc) or have any further queries, please email us at members@lowcarbonhub.org

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you’ll find questions commonly asked by existing Investor Members. If you have a question not covered here or need to make a complaint, please contact members@lowcarbonhub.org.

Some of my personal details have changed – what do I do?

If you have any changes to your personal details, including change of name, address, or email, then contact us at members@lowcarbonhub.org informing us of the change. Or call us on 01865 246099. If you change your bank details, please fill in this Payment Instruction Form and return it to us.

What if I lose my share certificate?

If you lose your share certificate, contact us at members@lowcarbonhub.org and request a replacement. There may be a charge for a reissue.

My child is 16 years old, can I transfer shares into their name?

Yes, once children are 16 years old shares can be transferred into their name. However, this can only occur if the shares were originally purchased to be held on behalf of the child.

Please contact us when the child turns 16. We will send a stock transfer form for you to complete and return with the original share certificate.

When we receive this, the shares will be transferred into the child’s name and a new share certificate issued. We will then send out a payment information form to the new shareholder to confirm the bank details for where the interest should paid into. This will need to be completed even if the bank account details are the ones you have been using to date.

All completed forms can be scanned in and sent by email to members@lowcarbonhub.org. Or alternatively they can be posted to us for the attention of the Company Secretary.

Can I withdraw my shares?

‘A’ class shares are ‘withdrawable’ shares that cannot be sold, traded or transferred between Members, unlike the ‘transferable’ shares typical of a limited company, and only the Low Carbon Hub IPS can buy them back.

Although they are technically ‘withdrawable’, we encourage our investors to view their investment as a long-term commitment to the project. The financial models of our projects plan to return your capital over the lifetime of the project, it is anticipated that the bulk of the capital will be available for withdrawal towards the end of the project. This means it is unlikely that we can fulfil withdrawal requests early on in the lifetime of the project.

Whilst you retain the right to request to withdraw your shares, please note that withdrawal isn’t guaranteed and in the early years is unlikely to be able to be met. Ultimately, all requests are approved at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

If you would like to request to withdraw your shares, please contact members@lowcarbonhub.org.

Please refer to The Low Carbon Hub IPS Limited Rules for more information on withdrawing shares.

Can I sell or transfer my shares?

No, a member cannot sell or transfer any of their Class ‘A’ Shares to any other person, including family members. The only exception to this is if the shares were originally bought on behalf of a child. In this case, you can transfer the shares to the child when they turn 16 [see question below].

What happens to my shares if I die?

You can complete a nomination of shares form, to nominate a recipient for the value of the shares in the event of your death. This is the simplest way to ensure your shares will be transferred in line with your wishes.

If a member dies and a form hasn’t been completed, the executor of their estate will need to contact the Low Carbon Hub to arrange the transfer of the shares to a nominated person as agreed by the executor.

We always suggest that investors seek external advice on their estate planning. If you’d like more information, please contact us on members@lowcarbonhub.org.

How do I know which share portfolio I have invested in?

Refer to the share certificate that was issued to you on purchase of your shares and the accompanying documentation for further information on your share portfolio. Or contact us at members@lowcarbonhub.org and we can confirm your shareholdings.

What’s the difference between ‘A’ and ‘B’ class shares?

The Low Carbon Hub IPS has a number of existing Members, the vast majority of which hold withdrawable ‘A’ Class shares. There are also ten pioneer investors who between them hold £150,000 of ‘B’ Class ‘transferable’ shares. Their investment qualified for SEIS, entitling them to tax relief of 50%. Their investment was offered with a target rate of return of 3%. This has now been aligned to the terms set out in 2014 Share Offer, and so payments to these investors are made on the same basis as Solar 2014 investors.

If you are a ‘B’ class shareholder and have questions about your investment, please do get in touch with us at members@lowcarbonhub.org.

How do I find out how my investment is doing?

We will send you an annual performance summary. You can see these and more information here.

How is my data being held?

Bank account information is only by the Low Carbon Hub. We also hold other information including name, address, and email address.

We will use this to communicate important information about your investment, keep you up-to-date on the performance of your investment and invite you to AGMs. You can also subscribe to the Low Carbon Hub newsletter which will keep you up-to-date on the work of the Low Carbon Hub including new share offer opportunities, project development, community benefit and more. You can opt out of this email at any time.

We will not sell, rent, or lend your data to other organisations. We have updated our data protection policies in line with new GDPR legislation introduced in May 2018.

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