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The Clifton Community Arts Centre Ltd (CCAC Ltd), trading as Wellington Orbit, is a social enterprise based in Telford. They took on approximately £75,000 in SITR loans and shares from local people. Here's how social investment is helping them provide art and cultural facilities in the town of Wellington, Shropshire.

Duration 
5 years
Cost of capital 
2.25%
Turnover 
£192,670
Amount invested 
£75,000
Product 
Unsecured loan (incl. overdrafts)
Blended – part grant, part loan
Social Investment Tax Relief
Community shares

Trust Links is a local independent charity for wellbeing and mental health based in South East Essex. Here's how a secured loan from Charity Bank helped them take on a community asset to grow their services.

Duration 
25 years
Cost of capital 
5.75%
Turnover 
£880,720
Amount invested 
£150,000
Product 
Secured loan

Mentis Tree CIC (MTCIC) is a social enterprise providing low-cost therapies across East Anglia. They took on investment from Big Issue Invest after outgrowing their service offices, to buy a place of their own.

Duration 
5 years
Cost of capital 
8%
Turnover 
£314,070
Amount invested 
£50,000
Product 
Unsecured loan (incl. overdrafts)

Old Spike Roastery source, roast and pack some of the finest coffee available whilst offering meaningful employment to those affected by homelessness. Here's how a £60,000 loan from CAF Venturesome is helping us deliver our mission.

Duration 
3 years
Cost of capital 
6.5%
Turnover 
£57,332
Amount invested 
£60,000
Product 
Unsecured loan (incl. overdrafts)

Local Food Links is a social enterprise providing lunches to primary schools. They used unsecured loans from CAF Venturesome to grow & innovate their organisation.

Duration 
4 years
Cost of capital 
6.5%
Turnover 
£1,522,741
Amount invested 
£200,000
Product 
Unsecured loan (incl. overdrafts)
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Giroscope is an award-winning housing charity based in West Hull which renovates empty and derelict properties to provide homes for those in housing need.

Duration 
15yr loan (25yr repayment profile)
Cost of capital 
6.5%
Turnover 
£757,910
Amount invested 
£1 million
Product 
Unsecured loan (incl. overdrafts)