Voluntary and community organisations as well as social enterprises across the UK have used social investment to grow and scale their impact. Find out more about their experience of taking on social investment and how it has helped them transform their organisations.
(Green) Thumbs up from countryside co-operative
The Ecological Land Co-Operative (ELC) was able to fulfil its objective and create affordable low-impact smallholdings in rural areas after being awarded a capacity-building grant. Funding of £48,820 allowed the group to successfully launch a community shares venture. Read more.
NHS audiology spin out on track to be considered social investment ready
After becoming a registered CIC, it was time for Chime to continue to plan for the future. It was awarded a grant of £68,880 from the Investment and Contract Readiness Fund (ICRF), to develop a business plan they could take to investors. Read more.
Social investment helping homeless and vulnerable people off the streets
Thames Reach received a £62,630 grant from the Investment and Contract Readiness Fund. This was to fund the development of a proposal to attract investors and convene partnerships to fund large scale service provision through a social impact bond (SIB). Read more.
Converting surplus food into an affordable resource for the social sector
FareShare has received investment from the Social Investment Business and CAF Venturesome and now has 20 regional centres across the UK, which are all run as autonomous social enterprises, acquiring and storing surplus food from supermarkets and distributing it to charities and social enterprises in their region. Read more.
Getting ready to issue a social bond
Using a loan to grow and deliver bigger contracts
Read how this enterprising organisation used a loan to become more business-like as a start-up and then used a contract readiness grant to transform their service delivery capabilities and win contracts worth millions of pounds. About Streetvibes
Keeping the cash flowing
Loans turn houses into homes
Read their story to see how loans can help propel forward refurbishment projects that might have run out of steam. About Abbots Bromley Hospital
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Community ownership to start a truly local business
Local building transformed with secured loan
Read how an entrepreneurial local used a series of social investment packages to help to regenerate Croxteth and create new job and learning opportunities. About Alt Valley Community Trust
Nurturing micro-enterprise to grow the local economy
Sara from Bootstrap talks about how a loan helped make her social enterprise in Hackney sustainable and now helps them inspire and support young people in turning their creative skills into enterprise. About Bootstrap Company
Supported employment for the most vulnerable
Bigger workshops and better machinery were only some of benefits Chopsticks got from their loan. Read how social investment can play a role in improving your ability to deliver contracts. About Chopsticks
Helping the most deprived access cheap and easy finance
Small community based ethical lenders used an investment readiness grant to better compete with payday lenders to offer fairer credit to the people of Lancashire. About Riverside Credit Union
Regenerating local schools
From a portacabin to a full fledged nursery, this visionary local charity used a loan to manage the growth of their tailored childcare services. About Lister Steps