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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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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
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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)