The ACU is a finance and knowledge collective regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority  Registration Number: 31807R , that aims to create a dynamic eco-system of African people’s led businesses in the UK

By buying shares on joining, members will help create a financial pool of capital from which ACU can invest in profit generating businesses, thereby providing them a return on their membership shares in the form of dividends.

Be in a position to make strategic investments in low medium and high risk business opportunities that are scalable, sustainable and have a competitive advantage here in the UK, Africa or the Caribbean.

Be in a position to invest or offer loans to Members or Entrepreneurs with great business ideas at lower interest rates to high street banks.

Provide a platform for members to run courses and programmes that will benefit the community from an educational, financial, technical or health standpoint.

Facilitate training to those wishing to establish or develop their businesses utilising the cooperative or traditional approach.

Finally, by buying shares and joining the ACU, it will allow us to promote group-economics, collective-community-empowerment and thinking that will lead to community development projects that have a positive impact. Join now!

Our Aims and Objectives

The ACU Mission

To empower African people by building a finance and knowledge network where resources and information can be pooled and utilised for the benefit of all members of the community, through education, livelihood development, and asset accumulation.  

To help African people build the economic basis required for their psychological, political and cultural renewal and wellbeing. Join now

The ACU Vision

To see African communities, in the UK and elsewhere, that are culturally self-centred, psychologically self-reliant, economically prosperous, and successfully pursuing their aspirations.

Our Four Programmes Areas:

Community Investment Fund

Investment of ACU share-funds in profit making businesses, to generate income and support socio-economic projects. 

Business Development Loans

Loans to help members develop their businesses. 

Business Training

Training delivered by ACU members to help recipients run more successful businesses. 

Credit Union

A Credit Union that, in addition to the usual credit union functions, will lend to members wishing to establish their own cooperative enterprises.