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Have a great story of taking on social investment? We're looking for new case studies to share - submit yours below or email aconstable@goodfinance.org.uk

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Think2Speak

It was wonderful to hear from Lizzie Jordan, founder of social enterprise Think2Speak. Listen to this podcast as part of our #AChangingWorld series and we explore how social investment has affected organisations during the lockdown and the opportunities it could now present.

Duration
5 years
Cost of capital
5%
Turnover
£150,460
Amount invested
£82,600
Product type
Blended – part grant, part loan
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Estuary Homes CIC

Estuary Homes was created in early 2017 to enable the three partner organisations (Foresight, Preston Road Women’s Centre and CERT) to pursue their objective of offering safe accommodation to vulnerable groups locally in Humberside.

Duration
5 years
Cost of capital
5.5%
Turnover
Not available
Amount invested
£400,000
Product type
Blended – part grant, part loan
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The Craufurd Arms

It was great to hear from Mark Newcombe, co-founder of the Craufurd Arms, a community pub in Slough. Listen to this podcast as part of our #AChangingWorld series and we explore how social investment has affected organisations during the lockdown and the opportunities it could now present.

Duration
4 years
Cost of capital
3%
Turnover
£317,000
Amount invested
£323,625
Product type
Crowd-funded investment
Social Investment Tax Relief
Community shares
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Cardboard Citizens

We were delighted to hear from Geetha Rabindrakumar, Director of Social Change at charity Cardboard Citizens. Listen to this podcast as part of our #AChangingWorld series and we explore how social investment has affected organisations during the lockdown and the opportunities it could now present.

Duration
Not applicable
Cost of capital
Not applicable
Turnover
£591,920
Amount invested
£70,000
Product type
Blended – part grant, part loan
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Creative Optimistic Visions

Creative Optimistic Visions (COV) is an award-winning Community Interest Company providing alternative education, training, universal youth provision, consultancy and mentoring services through the lens of the Protective Behaviours Process (PBs)

Duration
2 years
Cost of capital
6.5%
Turnover
£84,230
Amount invested
£19,500
Product type
Blended – part grant, part loan
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ToolShed

ToolShed is a social enterprise helping young people start their career in construction. When a combination of people, influences and place comes together it can impact our lives in a special way. I think Toolshed is like this and will help change the lives of many for good.

Duration
5 years
Cost of capital
10%
Turnover
£385k
Amount invested
£80,500
Product type
Blended – part grant, part loan
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Furniture Resource Centre (FRC Group)

We were delighted to hear from Shaun Doran, CEO FRC Group, at a Let's Talk Good Finance event. Listen to this podcast to learn about their journey to social investment.

Duration
2 years
Cost of capital
5%
Turnover
£225,200
Amount invested
£400,000
Product type
Secured loan
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Bemix

We are a CIC based in Kent, supporting people with learning difficulties to speak up, make choices and become powerful and influential. We are people with and without learning difficulties and/or autism, working and learning together.

Duration
5 years
Cost of capital
5%
Turnover
£668,300
Amount invested
£70,000
Product type
Unsecured loan (incl. overdrafts)
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Second Shot Coffee

When Julius Ibrahim became increasingly more interested in tackling homelessness, he opened Second Shot Coffee, a social enterprise café in East London.

Duration
3 year min
Cost of capital
3%
Turnover
Not available
Amount invested
£100,000
Product type
Crowd-funded investment
Social Investment Tax Relief
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Gorton Monastery

The Gorton Monastery in Manchester was an important part of the community for over 100 years. Derelict for many years, it was saved from ruin by the building preservation trust that still maintains and operates the site to this day. 

Cost of capital
4% & 6% on top-up
Turnover
£1 million+
Amount invested
£850,000
Product type
Secured loan
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Community Campus

Community Campus 87 is a Community Benefit Society based in Tees Valley, Middlesbrough. We provide affordable housing, emotional & practical support, & training opportunities to over 200 people each week.

Duration
20 years
Cost of capital
5%
Turnover
£1,397,476
Amount invested
£800,000
Product type
Secured loan
Blended – part grant, part loan
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Vinelife Church

Vinelife Church is a faith-based organisation. We took on a secured loan to diversify their income and carry on serving their community.

Duration
20 years
Cost of capital
6% initially
Turnover
£910,081
Amount invested
£300,000
Product type
Secured loan