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Case Studies

Browse our case studies below to see how organisations across the UK are already using social investment. You can also visit our blog page, YouTube channel & Big Society Capital's podcasts for more examples from charities & social enterprises.

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Golden Lane Housing

Golden Lane Housing, the housing arm of Mencap, used social investment to buy homes for people with a learning disability.

Duration 
7 years
Cost of capital 
4.375% per annum
Turnover 
£11.5 million
Invested 
£11 million
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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 
£600,000
Invested 
£37,494 (loan) + £4,166 (grant)
Freedom bakery

Freedom Bakery raised investment from seven investors using the Social Investment Tax Relief to grow their prison-based social enterprise.

 

Duration 
4 years
Cost of capital 
1.75%
Turnover 
£210,000 from year 2
Invested 
£48,000 Social Investment Tax Relief, £85,500 in total
Nottingham Counselling Service

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 
£200,000
Invested 
£30K

HCT Group used social investment to scale their community transport business.

Duration 
5 years
Cost of capital 
6.6% (blended over life of loans)
Turnover 
£45.4 million
Invested 
£9.95 million
Aspire Gloucestershire

Ambition East Midlands is a Social Impact Bond working with young homeless people in Gloucestershire.

Duration 
3 years
Cost of capital 
7%
Turnover 
£500,000+
Invested 
£50,000 through SITR