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Community Investment Tax Relief, real world returns and social impact

09 January 2019

The Community Investment Tax Relief (CITR) was set up by the government to encourage high net-worth individuals and companies to invest in local businesses, entrepreneurs and social enterprises over long-term. 


Can the Community Land Trusts be the solution for the critical UK housing crisis?

08 January 2019

With the lack of ambitious reforms from government then some local groups are taking matters into their own hands. Locally set up community organisations are forming Community Land Trusts (CLTs), with the aim of creating permanently affordable housing for local residents


Gifts that Keep on Giving

19 December 2018

As an ethically-minded consumer, it’s that time of year that you dread. Research says that 32%* of people receive at least one unwanted present every year with an average value of £155. That amounts to around £2.6 billion spent unnecessarily every Christmas.


Developing a Sustainable Transport System through Individual Action

19 December 2018

People can use their money in ways to address climate change, build resilient communities and tackle poverty. One of the most compelling opportunities that is currently on the Ethex platform is from Electric Blue.


Rethinking Tenancy: A Rental Model with Community Spirit

19 November 2018

To buy or to rent? This binary opposition defines the UK housing market. The Community Land Trusts (CLTs) have emerged as potential saviours of divided communities.


How Can We Make Impact Investing More Accessible?

14 November 2018

The increasing financialization of the investment industry has meant it has lost its connection with the person on the street. Being open, transparent and demonstrating the positive impact an investment can have in the real world is a powerful way of reengaging people with investing.


Affording a Lamb-orghini

09 November 2018

David Smith, former headteacher of Settlebeck School, and a current trustee of Farfield Mill shares the impact and importance that mills have had and will continue to have on the landscape and livelihoods in the North of England.


Can Property Investment be Ethical?

23 October 2018

Property investment can offer us security and a lower risk profile. So what ethical options are out there? As property investors, how can we be part of the solution and not the problem?


Farming and Climate Change - Is There a Better Way?

22 October 2018

From overuse of land and water to emissions from intensively managed livestock, agriculture has a key part to play in cutting greenhouse gas emissions.


It's Time for Tax Relief for Community Energy Investment

18 October 2018

Given community energy is one of the most developed social impact investment sectors both in terms of products and an investor appeal, and with the pressing need to further decarbonise the UK’s energy sector in light of the IPCC report there is a strong case for changes in government policy to de-risk these investments further, whilst also growing social impact investing and helping to reduce carbon emissions to limit global temperature rises.


Learning from our Female Investors

27 September 2018

Ahead of this year's Good Money Week (29th September - 5th October 2018) we have been speaking to some of our existing female investors, to help us understand their motivations and interests, to use these to help encourage more women to join the Positive Investing movement.


Empowering Women to Invest Positively

26 September 2018

Ahead of this year’s Good Money Week (29th Sept – 5th Oct), Ethex, the leading online impact investing platform, has set out three recommendations for the financial services industry to help encour-age more women to invest. 


Andrews Charitable Trust now matching Mustard Seed Property investment

04 September 2018

For every £1 invested in Mustard Seed Property will now be matched by Andrews Charitable Trust (ACT) – getting them more quickly to the £300,000 target for a property which will provide long term housing for vulnerable adults with learning difficulties in Cornwall


Ethex to Join Prime Minister on First Trip to Africa

27 August 2018

Ethex, which alongside leading crowdfunding platform Lendahand has launched Energise Africa, an initiative which provides working capital to solar businesses, will be travelling alongside the Prime Minister.


Balancing Festival Travel with Investment in Renewables

25 July 2018

This week we spoke to the people behind Energy Revolution, a registered charity that helps the festival industry to tackle the environmental impacts of event travel.

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