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Effervescent

Effervescent are a social enterprise and registered charity based in Devon. They passionately believe that children and young people have the insight, intelligence and imagination to make the world a better place. With backgrounds in child counselling, youth work, art and advertising, Effervescent have developed a unique methodology for co-producing creative campaigns with vulnerable children and young people.  Their approach not only transforms the lives of those involved directly, but also produces exhibitions and communications campaigns that touch the lives of children and young people everywhere.

Duration
4 years
Cost of capital
7%
Turnover
£138,920
Amount invested
£150,000
Product type
Unsecured loan (incl. overdrafts)
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Mansfield CVS

Mansfield CVS is an infrastructure organisation that has been supporting the community and voluntary sector in Mansfield for over 40 years.

MCVS are a landlord providing serviced offices for tenants and individual room hires for events. They also deliver local authority contracts e.g. public patient engagement CCG, County Council - volunteer co-ordination and Sport England.

 

Duration
3 years
Cost of capital
6%
Turnover
£317,459
Amount invested
£23,000
Product type
Unsecured loan (incl. overdrafts)
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Eidgah Academy

Located at the heart of Perry Barr, Birmingham, Eidgah Academy is a community hub providing educational, recreational and social activities for economically disadvantaged children and young people. In Perry Barr, 60% of the population belongs to people from ethnic minority groups and 15% of the populations first language is not English. Eidgah Academy engages 130 predominately Muslim children and young people of Pakistani, Bengali and African backgrounds with opportunities through structured personal development programs and playing games.

Duration
6 years
Cost of capital
5%
Turnover
£50,000
Amount invested
£25,000
Product type
Unsecured loan (incl. overdrafts)
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Rene House Team

Rene House is a small social enterprise based in Nottingham, they provide supported accommodation for homeless and vulnerable adults and families. They currently manage a portfolio of 7 properties comprising of 18 units. Rene House aims to create a sustainable stepping-stone service for individuals and families that need support to get back on their feet.

Duration
5 years
Cost of capital
8%
Turnover
£87k
Amount invested
£60k
Product type
Blended – part grant, part loan
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Proper Job Theatre - case study

Proper Job Theatre is a social enterprise creating meaningful work opportunities through teaching drama workshops.

Duration
3 years
Cost of capital
9.5%
Turnover
£936,000
Amount invested
£150,000
Product type
Blended – part grant, part loan
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Gro-organic

Gro-Organic are a multiple award-winning social enterprise team based in the West Midlands made up of passionate, local people who together are creating outstanding green spaces whilst investing in local people and the community.

Duration
6 years
Cost of capital
7%
Turnover
£400,000 +
Amount invested
£150,000
Product type
Social Investment Tax Relief
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The Skill Mill

The Skill Mill are social enterprise providing employment for young ex–offenders in watercourse and horticulture services.

Duration
4 years
Cost of capital
7-8%
Turnover
Not available
Amount invested
£1m with £100,000 through SITR
Product type
Social Investment Tax Relief
Social Impact Bonds
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Your Own Place CIC

Rebecca White, CEO of Your Own Place CIC talking about her organisations’ experience of taking on social investment from Sumerian Partners, just before the COVID-19 hit. Listen to hear more about her patient equity investment deal that has allowed Your Own Place to scale up activity and employ a new member of the team.

Duration
Up to 10 years
Cost of capital
Equity
Turnover
£223,410
Amount invested
£100,000
Product type
Equity investment
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Together TV

Together TV inspires social change through entertaining content – by showing real-life stories, activities and social issues that promote participation in national campaigns and causes. By encouraging people to get involved in causes and initiatives that offer relevant, practical and achievable things to do, the channel promotes healthier lifestyles, improved mental wellbeing and increased social connections amongst its viewers.

Duration
3 year
Cost of capital
Not available
Turnover
£655,180
Amount invested
£390,000 (£128K SITR)
Product type
Social Investment Tax Relief
Community shares
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The Royal Society for Blind Children

RSBC provides a range of services in London and across England and Wales for blind and partially sighted children and young people, their families, and the professionals who work alongside them.

Duration
3 years
Cost of capital
0% first year, 6.5% from year 2
Turnover
£4.15 million
Amount invested
£250,000
Product type
Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF)
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Acorn Early Years

With now 13 nurseries across 3 countries, the Acorn Early Years Foundation continues to grow it's mission in inspiring and leading the early childhood sector.

Duration
3 years
Cost of capital
0% first year, 6.5% from year 2
Turnover
£6.9 million
Amount invested
£100,000
Product type
Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF)
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Book of you

Book of You acts as a reminiscence therapy, to help people living with dementia to connect to their memories but soon realised that we could help all sorts of people, including older people living in assisted accommodation and young adults with learning disabilities. They've now developed a digital story book helps the user to build a familiar picture and story of someone’s life, filled with precious life events and memories.

Duration
4 years
Cost of capital
0%
Turnover
£50,000
Amount invested
£20,000
Product type
Unsecured loan (incl. overdrafts)