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Investing in organisations via the Secondary Market

28 March 2017

Many of you will be familiar with our primary investment offers but did you know that Ethex also runs a secondary market? This secondary market provides you with another opportunity to become an investor in a number of fantastic businesses. So how does it work?


How to make sure your ISA does good in 2017

23 March 2017

It’s almost the end of the tax year and I’m sure that many of you have seen the plethora of ads promoting a variety of different ISA products. With this much choice on offer how do you make the right decision and are you being provided with all the information you need to make the best choice for you?


#solartaxhike, schools and the spring budget

14 March 2017

 Ethex's latest blog looks at the implications of the #solartaxhike for schools in the recent spring budget


In celebration of International Women's Day and the potency of investing to support gender equality

08 March 2017

Caroline Mulwa, Oikocredit Kenya Country Manager discusses the important role that women play in African society providing 70% of agricultural labour, 90% of food production but yet they own less than 2% of the land. Yet women have a significant, measurable, positive impact on small business ventures, local communities and families. Find out how Oikocredit is lending to social enterprises that support women.


Inspiring children to protect the planet through solar power

07 March 2017

This blog examines the ways in which children can be educated, inspired and empowered through the installation of solar power at their schools to become much more aware of environmental issues and the need to protect the planet that we all live on.

Find out how Solar for Schools are working with schools in England and Wales to access and benefit from clean, renewable solar energy, reducing energy costs and, critically, empowering hundreds of students to learn more about their environment and understand how they can act more sustainably to safeguard the planet for years to come.


Creating sustainable farming communities in the Egyptian desert

02 March 2017

Over the decades, much of the previously lush, fertile land surrounding the river Nile has been destroyed by urban expansion or overtaken by desert tundra. The small canals which feed into the Nile overflow with rubbish and sewage, damaging the local ecosystem and irrigation of small parcels of land used by smallholder farmers. For local communities who have lived off the land for centuries, these inputs render the environment unhealthy and the soil useless for generating subsistence crops and a modest income. Oikocredit looks at how loans provided to SEKEM have supported desert land reclamation and sustainable agriculture in the region.


Oikocredit: Social and environmental outcomes from an on-the-ground perspective

01 February 2017

The Philippines is the world’s third highest risk area for natural disasters. Frequent typhoons and cyclones bring excessive rain and wind, threatening the livelihoods of around 60% of the poorest groups who tend to live in rural communities and must also contend with rising sea levels, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Growing and developing our team

24 January 2017

 I’m proud of the talented and experienced team we have at Ethex, helping our listed businesses bring their fundraising projects to fruition and guiding our positive investors along their journey too. As we’ve been expanding, we’ve welcomed some new faces bringing new skills to strengthen the team, as well as nurturing our existing staff.


New £multi-million Crowd Match Fund

07 December 2016

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.


Changes to SITR

01 December 2016

The threshold for businesses raising finance through Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) has been raised to £1.5 million, for companies up to seven years old. While some had hoped for a larger increase to £5 million, it is nevertheless welcome news, which should provide a boost for the sector.


Housing in the headlines...

28 November 2016

Chatter about community-led housing has reached the mainstream in the last week. Leeds Community Homes is a project which is doing something truly pioneering and where the support offered by Power to Change is most advanced.


£49 million now raised on Ethex to make money do good

31 October 2016

Great news! This week Ethex is celebrating passing the £49 million mark of investment raised on the platform for over 50 social businesses, charities and community organisations. Not bad in for a small not-for-profit!


How does Oikocredit combine your investment goals with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals?

24 October 2016

There were 17 Global Goals approved by the UN Sustainable Development Summit in 2015. They are a blueprint for changing the world by 2030, and Oikocredit’s investment vehicle targets 16 out of 17 of them.


Our events programme to showcase the results of our survey on understanding the positive investor

17 October 2016

Over the next month, Jamie Hartzell, founder and chair of Ethex, will discuss the findings of our landmark survey on understanding the positive investor at a series of events across the UK. There will be useful insights for social businesses looking to raise investment and for organisations that are part of the positive investment marketplace.


BHESCo: True ambassadors of community energy

20 September 2016

As true ambassadors of community energy and cooperative principles, BHESCo believes that eradicating fuel poverty is just as important as creating renewable energy, and for this reason they do what they can to make sure everyone in Brighton and Hove is able to heat and power their homes adequately.

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