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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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Special iApps C.I.C.

At Special iApps, we develop educational apps to support children with special educational needs, including autism and Down syndrome. We took on social investment, in the form of blended finance (loan and grant), from Northstar Ventures to help develop our work.

Duration
5 years
Cost of capital
7%
Turnover
£25,000
Amount invested
£185,000 blended
Product type
Unsecured loan (incl. overdrafts)
Blended – part grant, part loan
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Wellington Orbit

The Clifton Community Arts Centre Ltd (CCAC Ltd), trading as Wellington Orbit, is a social enterprise based in Telford. They took on approximately £75,000 in SITR loans and shares from local people. Here's how social investment is helping them provide art and cultural facilities in the town of Wellington, Shropshire.

Duration
5 years
Cost of capital
2.25%
Turnover
£192,670
Amount invested
£75,000
Product type
Unsecured loan (incl. overdrafts)
Blended – part grant, part loan
Social Investment Tax Relief
Community shares
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Trust Links

Trust Links is a local independent charity for wellbeing and mental health based in South East Essex. Here's how a secured loan from Charity Bank helped them take on a community asset to grow their services.

Duration
25 years
Cost of capital
5.75%
Turnover
£880,720
Amount invested
£150,000
Product type
Secured loan
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Mentis Tree CIC

Mentis Tree CIC (MTCIC) is a social enterprise providing low-cost therapies across East Anglia. They took on investment from Big Issue Invest after outgrowing their service offices, to buy a place of their own.

Duration
5 years
Cost of capital
8%
Turnover
£314,070
Amount invested
£50,000
Product type
Unsecured loan (incl. overdrafts)
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Old Spike Roastery

Old Spike Roastery source, roast and pack some of the finest coffee available whilst offering meaningful employment to those affected by homelessness. Here's how a £60,000 loan from CAF Venturesome is helping us deliver our mission.

Duration
3 years
Cost of capital
6.5%
Turnover
£57,332
Amount invested
£60,000
Product type
Unsecured loan (incl. overdrafts)
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Local Food Links

Local Food Links is a social enterprise providing lunches to primary schools. They used unsecured loans from CAF Venturesome to grow & innovate their organisation.

Duration
4 years
Cost of capital
6.5%
Turnover
£1,522,741
Amount invested
£200,000
Product type
Unsecured loan (incl. overdrafts)
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Giroscope

Giroscope is an award-winning housing charity based in West Hull which renovates empty and derelict properties to provide homes for those in housing need.

Duration
15yr loan (25yr repayment profile)
Cost of capital
6.5%
Turnover
£757,910
Amount invested
£1 million
Product type
Unsecured loan (incl. overdrafts)
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For Jimmy

For Jimmy creates safe spaces for young people to grow up in, with a strong focus on Lewisham, South East London.  It was set up in honour of murdered Lewisham schoolboy Jimmy Mizen.

Duration
4 years
Cost of capital
5%
Turnover
£543,760
Amount invested
£41,660
Product type
Unsecured loan (incl. overdrafts)
Blended – part grant, part loan
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Media Cultured

Media Cultured is a social enterprise that tackles issues of racism, radicalisation and misrepresentation through the use of positive role models and clear messages about ‘identity and integration’ within an increasingly multicultural society.

Duration
5 years
Cost of capital
0%
Turnover
£23,440
Amount invested
£25,000
Product type
Unsecured loan (incl. overdrafts)
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Hubbub Foundation UK

Hubbub is a London-based environmental charity that engages with corporates and foundations to sponsor research and campaigns, in order to promote understanding and behaviour change to help people cut waste, make clothes last longer, save money and create cleaner spaces to live and work in.

Duration
2 years
Cost of capital
6.5%
Turnover
£733,638
Amount invested
£100,000
Product type
Unsecured loan (incl. overdrafts)
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Sutton Community Farm

Sutton Community Farm is a community-owned farm in South London growing vegetables under organic principles.

Duration
Community Shares (Equity)
Cost of capital
2%
Turnover
£513,255
Amount invested
£97,462
Product type
Crowd-funded investment
Community shares
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Gofal

Gofal is a leading Welsh mental health charity providing a wide range of services to people with mental health problems, supporting their independence, recovery, health and wellbeing. Gofal Enterprises is its wholly owned trading arm.

Duration
Finance Wales - 5 years / Social Investment Cymru - 15 years
Cost of capital
7% - 10%
Turnover
£7.1 million
Amount invested
Development Bank of Wales - £175,000 / Social Investment Cymru (WCVA) -£75,000
Product type
Unsecured loan (incl. overdrafts)