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PACE community support

Promote Ability Community Enterprise CIC (P.A.C.E) delivers affordable services and housing for disadvantaged people in Derby and Derbyshire. To support this agenda, they offer a range of other services to the public and private sector; these include supported housing, a craft centre, community support and a café. 

Duration 
12 months
Cost of capital 
6.5%
Turnover 
£1,400,000
Amount invested 
£20,000
Product 
Unsecured loan (incl. overdrafts)
Spotted Cow

The Spotted Cow is a community hub that offers a bar, restaurant, Post Office and B&B under one roof.

Duration 
3 years (min)
Cost of capital 
3%
Turnover 
£100K
Amount invested 
£277,000
Product 
Crowd-funded investment
Social Investment Tax Relief
Community shares
Southville Community Development Association

The Chessel Centre will offer additional quality nursery care for children in Bristol.

Duration 
6 years
Cost of capital 
4%
Turnover 
£1.62 million
Amount invested 
£560,000
Product 
Crowd-funded investment
Social Investment Tax Relief
Doncaster Refurnish

Doncaster Refurnish complete a wide range of work, collecting, restoring and selling furniture on to low income families. They run a handyman service and a women’s group with a focus on anxiety issues. They also offer training and employment to those on the margins of their local community; including rehabilitation and integration opportunities for prisoners due for release, and placements for young offenders.

Duration 
2 years
Cost of capital 
6.5%
Turnover 
£1.61 million
Amount invested 
£10K
Product 
Unsecured loan (incl. overdrafts)
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 
£186,170
Amount invested 
£30,000
Product 
Unsecured loan (incl. overdrafts)
Barnsley Community building site

Barnsley Community Build (BCB) is a registered charity with a trading arm, BCB Trading Ltd. They develop and deliver a range of community services, and provide employment and training in the construction industry.

Duration 
1 - 5 years over the six loans
Cost of capital 
6.5%
Turnover 
£645,790
Amount invested 
£405K over 6 investments (average loan size - £63,000)
Product 
Unsecured loan (incl. overdrafts)