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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 
Crowd-funded investment
Social Investment Tax Relief

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 
Unsecured loan (incl. overdrafts)

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 
Secured loan

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 
Secured loan
Blended – part grant, part loan

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 
Secured loan

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 
Unsecured loan (incl. overdrafts)
Blended – part grant, part loan