Investing in Social Enterprise
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Absolutely first class support and advice from Key Fund. Superb back up, professional and friendly attitude... sets the standard
Keith Angel - Wavelength Arts CIC Ltd
Having the Key Fund in Yorkshire has helped address disadvantage and discrimination in a practical and lasting way.
Sam Keighley - ABL, Bradford
The Key Fund has been instrumental in our development. We started as one thing, but now we deliver many different services
Steven Mundin - Higher Rhythm
The Key fund has been instrumental in supporting the growth and development of our setting over the last 10 years
Carol Hill - Cawthorne Children's Centre
Without the Key Fund support, we'd be finished. They've handed us at least two 'get out of jail' cards. I can't praise them enough
Steve Palmer - Barnsley Community Build
Latest Regional Labour Market Statistics show that although North West unemployment for the last quarter (8%) is slightly above the national average of 7.8%, that there has been a bigger quarterly decrease in the North West (0.5%) than anywhere else in Britain.
The story of communities mobilising local capital to take over local assets in the social enterprise sector is often an inspiring one, and there are countless examples of success over the years that the Key Fund hasplayed an integral role in.
***HOT OFF THE PRESS*** SPECIAL OFFER*** Key Fund is offering a time-limited EXCLUSIVE offer. The offer: A £10,000 grant will be awarded alongside a £20,000 loan. The one-off £10,000 grants are to commemorate the end of Key Fundís 10 Years of Investing anniversary year. This offer is only available to established organisations. Only the FIRST 15 organisations to successfully apply will receive this limited offer.
It's the final few months of our current Grant and Loan offer in Yorkshire and Humber. If you think investment from Key Fund could help your social business take root and grow then email us on firstname.lastname@example.org, call 0845 1401400 or visit our website www.thekeyfund.co.uk
To date, Key Fund has made investments of over £28 million to support more than 2,000 organisations. Our flexible investment fund comprises a mixture of investments to support the emergence, on going development and growth of social enterprises. Further information is available on our website: www.thekeyfund.co.uk.
The Key Fund, Britains largest regional Community Development Finance Institution specialising in the social economy market, has announced Yorkshires Top Ten social enterprises. A social enterprise itself, the Key Fund is a market leader in innovation recognising the nature and environment within which social businesses operate - namely disadvantage and market failure.
Key Fund are delighted to announce they have been shortlisted for the Charity Times Awards 2012. The winners will be announced on 18 October 2012 at the Awards Gala Dinner, which will be hosted this year by comedian Miles Jupp. To see the complete shortlist, please visit: http://www.charitytimes.com/awards/shortlist.php
Key Fund is one of 6 small businesses have now been shortlisted in the Contribution to the Community category. These businesses have made outstanding commitments engaging with and servicing the communities they operate in. Because this category is all about communities and the people within them we want the public to decide the winner.
Key Fund is seeking special individuals to join its Board of Directors. A member of the Community Development Finance Association, Key Fund invests around £4m annually of loans, equity and grants to developing, new and existing social enterprises across the north of England and is seeking to increase investment over the next two years to £6m annually.
Our Grant & Loan product is now available to organisations located in the Yorkshire & Humber Region that have been trading for up to 5-years (previously 3 years) and we are now able to offer a changed minimum loan size to attract the maximum grant.
Shiloh discover the Key Fund is about much more than money Shiloh is a Charity caring for those living in poverty, transition, oppression or are homeless in the centre of Rotherham. Around 60 people visit each day in need of food, warmth and a hot shower, wholly cared for by volunteers. The centre provides invaluable support for those in need, without work and who may be suffering mentally and physically.
Yorkshire Post feature Key Fund client Doncaster Refurnish.
Regeneration projects are rarely as innovative as the Inspire Bradford Business Park. After a successful bid for funding to replace premises which had previously been deemed unfit for purpose, Tony Holdich and his team set about creating a modern business and community centre to rejuvenate an area in Bradford in need of new life.
'Internal Trafficking' a crime hidden among many communities all over the UK is the impetus and motivation for Eyes Open Creative, a company developing educational resources to raise awareness about young girls who are 'groomed' for sex by exploitative young men.
Over 600 years of history is playing a key part in modern energy production in the community of Whalley in Lancashire. Close to a ruined Cistercian Abbey, the proposed site for a new hydro-electricity generating station takes water flowing directly from the weir which was built by monks in the 1380s.
A lifelong ambition to develop her own business led social entrepreneur Caroline Wherrit to act when she witnessed many large businesses discarding unwanted office furniture into skips for landfill. A background of working in the social sector meant that Caroline was aware of a perfect way to match unwanted furniture with a new home, extending its life and use, whilst simultaneously preventing increased landfill waste.
Redundancy proved to be the beginning of a very fulfilling journey for energy engineer Chris Tremlett, when he created The Renewable Energy Experts (TREE), a social enterprise to provide a wide range of energy services to social housing projects and households experiencing fuel poverty and genuine hardship.
2011 began a new era for the Directors of Changing Lives in Cheshire as a business re-structure brought much change and opportunity. After more than ten years of operating a much-valued furniture re-use programme under a different guise in Winsford; Changing Lives in Cheshire was launched as a new charity, opening several doors to new contracts.
Revive shows just how much impact can be made through raising awareness and changing attitudes towards house-hold waste re-use and making it easier for people to get involved. The new concept re-use shop at a Leeds Household Waste Site is the first purpose built outlet of its kind in the UK and aims to significantly minimise household waste going to landfill in Leeds, as well as raising funds for charity.
Sport helps bring communities together, through participation in team games and audience support, and there can be fewer fine examples of this than SoccerCity Leeds: a vision designed to provide access to sports resources and coaching for people of all ages, abilities, backgrounds and genders.
The Key Fund is delighted to announce that we have secured £3 million from the European Regional Development Fund. Key Fund are matching a further £3million to create a fund of £6 million new monies for social enterprises, available to support small and medium sized businesses in Yorkshire and the Humber.