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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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Hidden Treasures CIC

Hidden Treasure are an organisation driven by a desire to provide better opportunities and facilities to a community that experiences a lot of the challenges of an unequal society. Their centre in Partington offers a welcoming space where children can play and develop and adults can access support, training and somewhere to meet others and relax.

Duration
3 years
Cost of capital
6.6%
Turnover
£264,432
Amount invested
£33,000
Product type
Blended – part grant, part loan
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Nemi Teas

This #AChangingWorld episode features Pranav Chopra, a social entrepreneur who founded Nemi Teas. This podcast definitely goes down even better with a cup of tea as he talks about how social investment has played a part in his journey and the potential ways to scale up.

Duration
5 years
Cost of capital
9.5%
Turnover
£70,000
Amount invested
£50,000
Product type
Blended – part grant, part loan
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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