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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)
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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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Beverley Tree Community Centre

Beverley Cherry Tree Community Centre is a charity based in East Yorkshire.  Located on the Cherry Tree Estate, it works with those in the community struggling with varying degrees of poverty.

Duration
18 months
Cost of capital
6.5%
Turnover
£213,880
Amount invested
£10,000
Product type
Blended – part grant, part loan
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P.A.C.E

Promote Ability Community Enterprise CIC (P.A.C.E) delivers affordable services and housing for disadvantaged people in Derby and Derbyshire. To support this agenda, they offer a range of other services to the public and private sector; these include supported housing, a craft centre, community support and a café. 

Duration
12 months
Cost of capital
6.5%
Turnover
£1,400,000
Amount invested
£20,000
Product type
Unsecured loan (incl. overdrafts)
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Southville Community Development Association

The Chessel Centre will offer additional quality nursery care for children in Bristol.

Duration
6 years
Cost of capital
4%
Turnover
£1.62 million
Amount invested
£560,000
Product type
Crowd-funded investment
Social Investment Tax Relief
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The Spotted Cow

The Spotted Cow is a community hub that offers a bar, restaurant, Post Office and B&B under one roof.

Duration
3 years (min)
Cost of capital
3%
Turnover
£100K
Amount invested
£277,000
Product type
Crowd-funded investment
Social Investment Tax Relief
Community shares
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Nottingham Counselling

Nottingham Counselling Service (NCS) is a long-standing charity specialising in working long-term with people who present complex and enduring problems, such as anxiety, depression and abuse.

Duration
3 years
Cost of capital
6.5%
Turnover
£186,170
Amount invested
£30,000
Product type
Unsecured loan (incl. overdrafts)
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Doncaster Refurnish

Doncaster Refurnish complete a wide range of work, collecting, restoring and selling furniture on to low income families. They run a handyman service and a women’s group with a focus on anxiety issues. They also offer training and employment to those on the margins of their local community; including rehabilitation and integration opportunities for prisoners due for release, and placements for young offenders.

Duration
2 years
Cost of capital
6.5%
Turnover
£1.61 million
Amount invested
£10K
Product type
Unsecured loan (incl. overdrafts)
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Barnsley Community Build

Barnsley Community Build (BCB) is a registered charity with a trading arm, BCB Trading Ltd. They develop and deliver a range of community services, and provide employment and training in the construction industry.

Duration
1 - 5 years over the six loans
Cost of capital
6.5%
Turnover
£645,790
Amount invested
£405K over 6 investments (average loan size - £63,000)
Product type
Unsecured loan (incl. overdrafts)
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Furnistore

Furniture is a furniture re-use charity that supports lower income families. It used social investment to purchase a permanent base.

Duration
20 years
Cost of capital
6%
Turnover
£158,948
Amount invested
£160,000
Product type
Secured loan
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Sandwell Community Caring

Sandwell Community Caring Trust used social investment to help it acquire a residential care home in the Black Country.

Duration
7 years
Cost of capital
Blended 10% (7.5% + revenue participation)
Turnover
£5 million
Amount invested
£725,000
Product type
Secured loan
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Third Space Learning

Third Space Learning is using technology to tackle underacheivement in maths. It used social investment to grow its social business.

Duration
Not available
Cost of capital
Not available
Turnover
£500,000
Amount invested
£1.5 million
Product type
Equity investment