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Growing great ideas for good…

Do you have a great idea for a business with social impact?
Is your organisation already delivering social impact and you want to grow what you’re doing or expand in a new direction?

We have opportunities for affordable and accessible loan finance aimed at small and very small social enterprises (or businesses with social impact) and charities that trade. These loans are designed for smaller organisations – even those that are very new – who have the potential to add more value to their local communities and grow their social impact.

We want to help you finance your own initiatives that will kick start growth. This could include:

  • Increasing production
  • Growing your customer base
  • Improving marketing
  • Purchase of equipment
  • Hiring new staff
  • Developing new products

Interested? Fill in an enquiry form

Is this fund suitable for me / my organisation?
We are looking to invest up to £50,000 of flexible unsecured finance by combining grants with loans into a simple product to help organisations grow their great ideas.

If your business trades for the common good, this opportunity is aimed at you. Your impact may involve addressing social needs, strengthening communities, improving people’s life chances, enhancing culture or protecting the environment. For us, as long as you have social impact this makes you a social enterprise. The full definition of social enterprise we are using is available on our social enterprise page.

Your organisation might be set up and ready to proceed with a loan or you might be at the stage of launching a great idea to make it a reality. Either way, there are a few fundamentals that must apply to the organisation you would be applying on behalf of, so why not complete our eligibility checklist…

Interested to find out how others have benefited from social investment? See some case studies of organisations who have used social investment to grow at Good Finance.

We have been working with social change and ethical trading organisations in Greater Manchester for over 40 years and we understand the unique challenges and the opportunities in the locality. We are delighted to have this opportunity to support organisations through social investment, and we look forward to hearing from you if you are looking for a boost which can take your organisation and your social impact to the next level.

This opportunity is provided through the Growth Fund, which is managed externally by Access – The Foundation for Social Investment and blends grant from Big Lottery Fund and loan from Big Society Capital. 

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