We have two priorities:
- Build a campaign to create public awareness of the way the whole savings industry operates:
- to generate the political force for change,
- and restore the rights and influence for good of the private investor.
- Help savers to help themselves and each other:
- by steering them towards reliable and independent sources of financial guidance,
- by offering social and other events where members can listen, learn and socialise.
We offer both free and subscription memberships.
Who benefits from UKSA membership?
Shareholding – investment in companies – is a core component of any long-term savings plan. So our target support extends beyond shareholders to those who ought to be – or planning to be – shareholders but don’t understand enough to realise it.
- Those who plan to save but don’t know what to save into. Particularly those who don’t trust the advice commercially available.
- Those who know something about saving but need guidance from a trusted source to build on that knowledge.
- Those who know a lot about saving and want to contribute that knowledge, without charge, to those less experienced.
- Those who are particularly interested in the science and art of investment in shares and want to join an informal community of like-minded people.
- Those who understand that the rights of private shareholders are important and want to support a fight for those rights, particularly voting rights.
- Those who are already shareholders and want to exercise the responsibilities as well as the rights of share ownership (particularly the responsibility of approving the appointment, pay and major actions of members of the board).
- Those with a deep knowledge of some aspect of saving and investment and who wish to join one of UKSA’s technical teams seeking to improve the legal, regulatory or practical details of the savings landscape.
- Those who wish to form social or technical groups of all kinds, for which they believe UKSA’s membership will be a valuable source of participants.
- Those who don’t belong in any of these categories but believe UKSA acts for the good of society as a whole and wish to support us.
- Those who don’t belong in any of these categories but have friends or family who do.
Why all of these?
Because to achieve change we have to bring pressure on public institutions. Real change must come from Government. And Government responds to voters. It is votes – not reason – that counts. So the size of our support – from all sources – determines our influence for change.
What does UKSA offer?
Many activities depend on what individual members arrange.
- Regional meetings held in Croydon (London), Didmarton (Gloucestershire) and the North-East/North-West of England
- Visits by invitation to individual companies hosted by top management
- Visits by invitation to regulators and NGOs
- Access by invitation to brokers’ presentations
- Ability to contribute to policy and campaigning work in your skill area
- A financial education website, HonestMoneyNow, providing independent advice for unsophisticated savers
- A bi-monthly magazine – ‘The Private Investor’ – with serious content from members
- A regular newsletter
- An AGM
A central office provides support, such as circulation of notices.
- Our Board of Directors is elected by the full members
- We remain determinedly independent, including financially independent, of any organisation or institution that we might have cause to criticise.
- We are funded entirely by membership subscriptions and voluntary donations. Full membership costs £25 in the first year and £50 per year thereafter
- We offer Associate Membership at no cost to those who support our aims but may not want the benefits of Full Membership.
- We are a Company Limited by Guarantee with a Memorandum, Articles and By-Laws.
The Association was formed in 1992, energised by a small group of founder members. Its original impetus was outrage at the excessive pay of utility company chairmen post-privatisation, allied to a determination to use shareholder power to do something about it.
Responsibility to society, not just personal enrichment, remains in our DNA.