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What is the Innovative Finance ISA and how can it help positive investment?

07 June 2018

The Innovative Finance ISA is a welcome addition to the tax incentives that can apply to social investments and is aimed at those people wanting to take advantage of their annual ISA allowance of £20,000 and use it for investments.

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Ethex & Positive Investors support much needed children's services in Oxford

06 June 2018

The children’s centre had closed down due to local authority cuts backs and there was a fully-fledged campaign-taking place to prevent the centre being handed over to a private nursery company. Thanks to the support of Ethex and our positive investors, Flo's will be able to provide much needed children's services including a community hub and support to maternal health. 

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How conscious consumers can make their money a force for good

24 May 2018

By taking direct control of your money, you can use your financial choices to send a clear message about what you believe in and, we believe this can be even more powerful than your vote in driving change and taking a positive stand for your personal values and motivations.

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Q & As with the CEO of Walls & Futures REIT plc

27 April 2018

Joe McTaggart, CEO of Walls & Futures REIT plc discusses the main issues that need to be considered when thinking about investing in property

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Refinancing Community Energy – Is it really Positive Investment?

23 April 2018

While there has been positive news about the first privately owned, subsidy free solar farm opening in the UK towards the end of 2017, it may be be some time before we see this filtering through for use in community owned schemes. So how can investors continue to make money do good in the renewable energy space?

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Banking on women: How micro-finance empowers Kenyan women with small loans

08 March 2018

Grace Njoroge is an entrepreneur, wife, and mother of three sons living in a town northeast of Nairobi called Thika. Like many other Kenyan women, she was struggling to sustain and grow her business and care for her family. 

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Fairtrade - changing the world every day

19 February 2018

It’s almost here! Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 runs from 26 February to 11 March and, during this time, The Fairtrade Foundation is asking that we show extra support for the farmers and workers who produce our food.

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A very special female brand of Brazilian organic Fairtrade coffee

16 February 2018

In rural Minas Gerais, Brazil’s biggest coffee-growing state, women used to support their husbands on small family farms but had little involvement or say in the business or farming decisions. This changed forever in 2006, when Oikocredit investee partner, Coopfam (Cooperativa dos Agricultores Familiares de Poço Fundo e Região) - a smallholder coffee co-operative, started to focus on empowering women to play an equal role in producing the Arabica coffee that had been a part of their lives for decades.

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£4.4m for a social purpose bond? Not a problem for Ethex investors motivated to address fuel poverty!

19 January 2018

 Josh Brewer is the Senior Business Development Manager at Ethex, in this blog he discusses how Ethex was able to successfully deliver the largest single raise in its history for Our Power.

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The Absolute Bog: DEFRA's 25 year environment plan

19 January 2018

Tom Carman recently attended the Oxford Real Farming Conference to test the appetite for positive investment in to food and farming enterprises.  His blog looks at the role economics, tea towels, peat bogs and enterprise might have for this important sector.

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Big Society and Social Investment Tax Relief

05 December 2017

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Investment in smallholder farmers is key to reducing poverty and feeding the world

05 December 2017

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A budget that delivered some progress on the social agenda but could have delivered so much more

22 November 2017

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Ethex calls for Autumn 2017 Budget to Widen Accessibility to Social Investments for Retail Investors

21 November 2017

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New social impact investment report is an opportunity for the industry

15 November 2017

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