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FAQ


WHY SHOULD I INVEST IN BOUNDARY COMMUNITY SHARES?

If you want to be a part of the best brewery in N.Ireland, then come and join us. Also, you get discount off our shop. Forever.

IS BOUNDARY BREWING A LEGAL ENTITY?

Yes. We registered as an Industrial and Providential Society in early 2014. You can see our registration here. Our IP Number is IP000409 and our company name is Boundary Brewing Cooperative Limited.

WHAT BANG DO I GET FOR MY BUCK?

It is worth noting that you should not buy membership if your primary goal is to make money.

However, you do get to be a part of this adventure from the early stages. As we can afford, we will begin to pay out interest on your investment. That decision, though, is at the discretion of the Board.

But mostly, you get to own Belfast’s first cooperative brewery and help it to grow.

Oh, and you get 18% off our Online Shop. For Life.

HOW MUCH CAN I PAY?

Membership costs £100. You can not invest more at this time. You will qualify for Ordinary membership class. If you volunteer over 40 hours per year at the brewery, you will become eligible for Supporter membership class (see below). 

WILL THE VALUE OF MY MEMBERSHIP FEE EVER INCREASE?

No. As you consider investing with us in this venture we advise that you do not invest what you are not prepared to lose. We also recommend that you discuss this opportunity with your Independent Financial Advisor.

WILL I RECEIVE A FINANCIAL RETURN ON MY INVESTMENT?

As set out in our constitution, profit sharing will be voted on by all members at the AGM.

All Members also qualify for profit dividends subject to surpluses generated and these would be payable equally or in accordance with some other equitable formula which recognises the relative contribution made by each Member to the business of the co-operative. If you are up for this type of medium to long term investment in Belfast’s first Co-operative Brewery - Come and join us!

WHAT DO YOU DO WITH MY MONEY?

Every penny will be invested in our people and in improving our beer!

CAN I GET MY MONEY BACK (ANYTIME I WANT)?

No. That decision is solely at the discretion of the Board. If you withdraw your membership fee, you will no longer be a member of Boundary.

THIS ALL SOUNDS GREAT, BUT I’D WANT TO MEET AND / OR SPEAK TO SOMEONE BEFORE COMMITTING MYSELF FINANCIALLY, HOW CAN I ARRANGE THIS?

No problem. We'd advise you to read the constitution and bylaws first. Then, if you still have questions, please email info@boundarybrewing.coop

WHERE CAN I FIND THE CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS?

Here and here.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ORDINARY MEMBER AND A SUPPORTER MEMBER?

An ordinary member is anyone who has invested £100 - £249 during the Community Share Offers (which are now closed), or anyone who now pays the £100 membership fee. A supporter member is anyone who has invested £250+ during the Community Share Offers (which are now closed), or volunteered 40hrs+ per year. The only real difference between an Ordinary and Supporter member is that there are more Supporter members on the board of directors, meaning that Supporter members have more of a chance to become board members, should they wish to put themselves forward. We feel that the board should include those most involved with the cooperative.

MEMBERSHIP

IS THERE A MEMBERSHIP FEE?

Yes. It is £100.

WHAT DO I ACTUALLY GET TO DECIDE ON, OR VOTE ON, AS A MEMBER?

At the AGM, every member gets an equal vote for the election of the Board, the application of profits, and the transaction of any other business included in the notice convening the meeting.

CAN I BUY MEMBERSHIP FOR SOMEONE ELSE?

Yes. But they will be the member of the cooperative, not you.

HOW LONG DOES YOUR BEARD HAVE TO BE TO BECOME A MEMBER?

That depends. Not as long as it had to be for last year’s membership. 

DO I HAVE TO BE OVER 18 TO BECOME A MEMBER?

Yes. You cannot become a member of Boundary if you are not 18+. There is definitely no upper age limit.

HOW CAN I RUN FOR THE BOARD?

We will release details in the lead up to our next AGM. Any member may run for the board.

CAN I BUY MORE THAN ONE VOTE IN THE COOPERATIVE?

No. One member equals one vote.

CAN I BECOME A MEMBER IF I LIVE OUTSIDE THE UK?

Yes. We accept payments online. We can take payment internationally.

HOW CAN I BE A PART OF THE COOPERATIVE IF I LIVE IN ANOTHER COUNTRY?

For the AGM, you will be able to vote beforehand if you cannot attend in person. You will also be able to attend the AGM digitally from a computer.

BREWERY

WHAT’S BREWING?

We brew a core range of a 3.5% American Pale Ale, a 5.5% Tropical IPA called Imbongo, a 6% IPA called Forever Ago and a 7% Export Stout. We will also produce specialty, seasonal and collaboration beers. To see what is on our shop now, click here.

WHERE DO YOU BREW?

A5, Portview Trade Centre, 310 Newtownards Road, BT4 1HE.

CAN I HAVE A JOB?

Maybe. Once we start to recruit additional staff, we will make members aware of all Open Appointments.

MISCELLANEOUS

ARE YOU LICENSED?

Not to sell alcohol. Not yet…! But we’re currently working with Stormont to change that. We do host popup taprooms in our Brewery from time to time. Keep an eye on our site and social media for announcements and dates. We do have an online Shop here

CAN I VISIT THE BREWERY?

Yes. We welcome all visitors. For our brewery tours, please contact hello@tasteandtour.co.uk.

CAN I TASTE THE BEERS?

Yes. Come on down.

WILL YOU NAME ONE AFTER ME?

Possibly! We have some fun beer series planned. Stay tuned!

WHERE ARE YOUR BEERS SOLD?

Anywhere and everywhere. To see some of our stockists, see here.