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Case studies

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

    Read how this social enterprise built on the success of its sister concern, Bristol Together and used an investment readiness grant to buy specialist support to issue a bond. About Midlands Together

    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

    Read about Fairfield who needed working capital to grow their organic waste management services in Greater Manchester. About Fairfield Compost

    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

    High street lenders don’t understand social enterprise

    YMCA Somerset tell us why they choose Charity Bank as their lender rather than talk to other high street banks. About YMCA Somerset

    Community ownership to start a truly local business

    Watch Fordhall talk about how their community share issue saved their farm and turned it into a valuable community asset. About Fordhall Organic Farm

    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