Purchase your shares
You can buy shares through traditional local brokers and banks or through online services.
Only registered brokers can deal in the market - everyone else has to deal through them, to ensure that the market can be controlled and regulated.
Shares in UK companies are traded on the London Stock Exchange. Shares can be bought when a company first comes to market, or through the stock market once they are in circulation and being traded, when investors can buy or sell their shares at any time.
Finding a stockbroker
To find a stockbroker you can write to the Association of Private Client Investment Managers and Stockbrokers (APCIMS) at 112 Middlesex Street, London E1 7HY, or visit the APCIMS website.
Learn more about investing in shares
For information about investing in shares, you can visit the ProShare website. ProShare is an independent not-for-profit organisation founded in 1992 to promote responsible share-based investment. Its main objective is to make investing more accessible.
These details have been provided for information only and any action you take is at your own risk. If you are in any doubt about what action to take, please consult your own financial adviser. You can also find a broker in your local area or on the internet, or ask about share dealing at any high street bank or building society.