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New £multi-million Crowd Match Fund

We’ve partnered with Big Society Capital to join a unique Crowd Match Fund for private investments into Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) eligible charities and social enterprises. It will be the first fund of its kind to match different investments made by the public across social organisations seeking to raise debt and equity funding.

This new initiative offers a great new opportunity to help many of the social enterprises listed on Ethex find the finance they need to grow and flourish. It should also encourage more people to invest in businesses they believe in so they can have a direct connection with their money – not only will they qualify for a 30% income tax break thanks to SITR, but they will have the satisfaction of knowing their money is working twice as hard.

“We want to open up opportunities for the public to invest in a huge variety of causes they feel passionate about,” says Ben Warren, Investment Associate at Big Society Capital. “We hope that this initiative will help charities and social enterprises to find new routes to investment which could offer better value and engagement from their local community. We know that donation-based crowdfunding was the fastest growing model of alternative finance in 2015, and we are excited about the potential for this fund to create similar momentum in the social investment sector.”

SITR enables individuals to gain personal tax reliefs, which can include income tax at 30% of the amount invested, capital gains disposal and hold-over relief. Previous Ethex-listed business which have been SITR-eligible include Clevedon Pier and Stockwood Farm. Keep watching this space for news about when we’ll be launching the first projects to benefit from this exciting multi million pound Crowdfund!

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