Shareholder Perks – A Bonus For Investing

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If you watch how you spend your money and try hard to save, there ‘s one trick you may be missing – shareholder perks.

Investors do not have to plough wads of money into a company to qualify for extra discounts and exclusive deals.

In fact, they may be a lot cheaper than you think.

Some companies will want investors to hold a significant number of shares, but many offer perks to those with just a single share.

The good news is anyone investing in shares through a big fund supermarket platform should get the perks even though the shares are held in the name of the nominee company and not directly by the investor.

To make a claim, call or email the platform.

Make buying shares more fun

Although the perks are not a reason to invest, they do make buying shares a little more fun.

Besides the perks, investors will pick up any dividends the company pays, plus hopefully any growth in the value of the shares.

Don’t forget that the cost of investing may outweigh the benefits from share perks. To work out the cost of the discount, multiply the share price by the number of shares needed to trigger the perk.

For example, Bloomsbury Publishing is magic for readers – pay out £2.80 for a 35% discount on any books the company publishes – including the Harry Potter series.

Not so cool is the 454,000 euro stake needed in Eurotunnel for 30% off six regular trips each year. That good take a lot of tips to repay the investment.

Some companies will pull their share perks, so check the deal before buying.

The share prices are correct at the time of publication, but may rise and fall.

So here’s a list of companies offering investors share perks in the UK:

UK companies offering shareholder perks

CompanyCompany typeShares to trigger perksShare price (x1)Perk
Associated British FoodsFashion and food2486pBasket of freebies at company agm
AdnamsBrewer, restaurants & hotels10,500p15% discount on Adnams store purchases, meals and accommodation at Adnams hotels
BellwayHouse builder2,000 3315p£2,000 for each £25,000 off the value of a new home
Big YellowStorage1119p10% discount on storage, packing materials and insurance
Bloomsbury PublishingPublisher280p35% off cover price of all printed Bloomsbury books
BTTelecommunicationsVariable20% off BT products and variable discounts off third-party products
CarnivalCruise line100 3,119pOnboard credit depending on cruise
Chapel DownWinemaker500 82p25% one-off discount voucher
Character GroupToys, games and giftware420p20% off online purchases
Countrywide FarmersCountry and outdoor pursuits3,000500p5% discount on purchases
Euro DisneyTheme park & attractions1,00034p15% off tickets and park restaurants; 10% off hotels
EurotunnelTravel30,00015 euros30% off 6 regular trips each year
Fuller, Smith & TurnerBrewer, restaurants & hotels500960p15% discount on food and drink, 10% off hotels
Greene KingBrewer, restaurants & hotels100849p25% off food and drink
InchcapeCar sales and servicing100647p15% off servicing and parts, £100 off new and used cars
Irish ContinentalFerry services1,0004.75 euros20% off Ireland/UK trips, 10% Ireland/France trips and 5% off package holidays
Johnson Service GroupDry cleaning1177pMoney off dry cleaning
Legal & GeneralInsurance1270p15% off home and travel insurance, 25% off landlord insurance and 10% off pet cover
Majestic WineWines, beers and spirits1217pChampagne voucher
Marks & SpencerFashion1186pPack of discount vouchers each year
MarstonsBrewer, restaurants & hotels500126p20% discount off food and accommodation
Merlin EntertainmentsTheme parks & attractions317454p40% off annual passes
Mitchells & ButlersBrewer, restaurants & hotels1438p20% discount off food and drink
Moss BrosFashion12111p20% discount at company shops
MulberryFashion500265p20% discount in some stores
National GridElectrical infrastructure1878pBallot to enter shareholder program of talks and site visits
N Brown GroupCatalogue shopping1120p20% off purchases
Newbury RacecourseHorse racing100820pTwo day pass – claim an annual pass with 5000+ shares
NextFashion 1006580p25% discount off a single purchase each year
Peel HotelsHotels157p50% discount
PersimmonHouse builder1,0002494p2% off a new house
Reckitt BenkiserHealth and hygiene products15904pCompany donates £1 to charity for every shareholder who registers online
RenishawTravel agent13780pPackage holiday discounts
Restaurant GroupFood and drink250140p25% discount of food and drink
Safestore HoldingsStorage100740p25% off storage and 20% off merchandise
SagaTravel and financial services25047p20% off up to £5,000 of merchandise each year
Share plcInvestment platform50030p30% discount on online trading costs
Sheperd NeameBrewer, restaurants & hotels1001180pMoney off food and accommodation
Stanley GibbonsStamp collecting12pFree subscription to Gibbons Stamp Monthly magazine
Telecom PlusTelecoms and energy15001326pSpecial tariffs for shareholders
TescoSupermarket1226pVaried benefits announced to shareholders attending agm
WhitbreadBrewer, restaurants & hotels644431pFree Premier Inn breakfasts and 10% discount in restaurants
Young & CoBrewer, restaurants & hotels11615pOccasional discounts