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We publish impact investing reports which we believe are of interest to our members. All Street members can also request specific deal reports of their choice.

We have been selected to be part of the UK governmental task force, led by Big Society Capital, set up to promote the use of the Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR). Under this initiative we will publish investment research reports to support individuals looking to invest in social enterprises and charities.

In partnership with the Social Stock Exchange, we have published reports on all companies listed on the exchange. This research is the most comprehensive investment analysis of member companies to date. We have used our unique research methodology and industry experience to provide an independent, in-depth analysis of each member company and the wider market. The companies covered in the report are individually listed below. Their profiles highlight the range and quality of investment opportunities that social impact investment field can bring.

 



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Mozambique Renewables Ltd

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Social Impact:  International Development
Business Area: Renewable Energy; Biomass
Established: 2013

Location: London, UK

Mozambique Renewables Ltd (MoRe) brings sustainable biomass from Africa to the international energy market. The company only collects crop by-products and weeds to fuel its customers’ boilers, so no trees are cut down. MoRe is creating an entirely new market for crop by-products so that local farmers in Africa can obtain higher returns from their crop production, without losing any food output. The utilisation of crop by-products and weeds has significant social and environmental benefits by stopping the traditional land use practices that pollute the air and degrade the soil. MoRe operates in Mozambique where the company sources crop by-products in the northern Provence of Nampula. MoRe plans to construct a manufacturing plant near Nacala to make its biomass pellets and export the product from the local deep water port to the UK. This report was produced for the Social Stock Exchange Annual Research Book 2017. It delivers an independent take on the Environmental, Social, Governance, as well as Economic performance of the members of the Social Stock Exchange.

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Milestone Group Plc

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Social Impact:  Citizenship & Community
Business Area: Digital Media; Technology
Established: 2003

Location: London, UK

Milestone Group Plc (Milestone Group) is a digital media and technology company with a focus on using technology and media for good, whilst building a brand synonymous with making a difference. Milestone Group’s can be broadly divided into: digital publishing and distribution; design and creative services; financial services; social media and analytics. Whilst each unit is a compelling business in its own right, they can also all come together to deliver some of the company’s larger and more impact driven initiatives. An example of this is the Group’s flagship product, the Passion Project, that helps young people between the ages of 18 and 25 to identify a career that matches their natural talents and interests. The project helps direct its participants into training and employment opportunities, utilising a digital platform and a growing network of strategic partnerships. This report was produced for the Social Stock Exchange Annual Research Book 2017. It delivers an independent take on the Environmental, Social, Governance, as well as Economic performance of the members of the Social Stock Exchange.

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Menhaden Capital Plc

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Social Impact:  Conservation of the Natural Environment
Business Area: Investments in businesses and opportunities, delivering or benefiting from the efficient use of energy and resources.
Established: 2015

Location: London, UK

Menhaden Capital Plc (Menhaden) is a listed Investment Trust whose investment objective is to generate long-term shareholder returns, predominantly in the form of capital growth, by investing in businesses delivering or benefiting from the efficient use of energy and resources irrespective of their size, location or stage of development. The company’s investment objective is pursued through constructing a conviction-driven portfolio consisting primarily of direct listed and unlisted holdings across asset classes and geographies. Menhaden’s conviction driven portfolio has invested millions of pounds in businesses offering solutions to the sustainability challenges facing the world, and provides investors with access to a diverse range of green projects and companies. Menhaden takes a long-term, patient approach to investment, and the company believes that this approach good for society, for the environment and for investors. This report was produced for the Social Stock Exchange Annual Research Book 2017. It delivers an independent take on the Environmental, Social, Governance, as well as Economic performance of the members of the Social Stock Exchange.

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Home from Home Care Ltd

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Social Impact:  Mental Health & Wellbeing
Business Area: Specialised Residential Care; Environmental Sustainability
Established: 2004

Location: London, UK

Since 2004, Home from Home Care Ltd (HFHC) has developed specialist residential care homes for adults with learning disabilities and complex support needs. HFHC has created Micro Communities where small groups of compatible individuals can live together. Outward facing to the wider community, these Micro Communities incorporate different Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered residential services and a Community ‘Hub’. The Hub includes an activity centre and sensory room and can be used by residents from across all HFHC’s Micro Communities as well as individuals living in the wider community. In 2015/16, HFHC built two new Specialist Integration Homes (SIHs). Each individual has their own self-contained one-bedroom apartment which links into shared communal space, which they can choose to access, or not, on their own terms. This level of personalisation with its exceptional environments and care and support offers pathways out of institutional care for adults with very complex needs. This allows them the opportunity to reach their potential and have ‘life on their terms’. This report was produced for the Social Stock Exchange Annual Research Book 2017. It delivers an independent take on the Environmental, Social, Governance, as well as Economic performance of the members of the Social Stock Exchange.

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Obtala Ltd

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Social Impact:  International Development
Business Area: Agriculture; Food Processing; Forestry; Retail
Established: 2007

Location: Guernsey

Obtala Ltd (Obtala) is a vertically integrated trading platform with emphasis on sustainable agriculture and forestry through its operations in: Tanzania, where the company has created an aspiring horticultural farming enterprise for fresh produce; and Mozambique, where Obtala has developed a substantial portfolio of natural forest timber concessions supplying supply timber for national infrastructure upgrade programmes and domestic consumption. Obtala’s mission is “to become one of East Africa’s largest sustainable food and timber producers, consistently delivering world-class product to the global marketplace. To deliver material, positive social impact in East Africa through commercial enterprise, helping to alleviate poverty and enriching the lives of future generations.” Obtala was admitted to the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange in April 2008. This report was produced for the Social Stock Exchange Annual Research Book 2017. It delivers an independent take on the Environmental, Social, Governance, as well as Economic performance of the members of the Social Stock Exchange.

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Oikocredit

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Social Impact:  International Development
Business Area: Development Finance (Equity, Debt) and Capacity Building Funds for Microfinance; Fairtrade; Agriculture; Renewable Energy; Water & Sanitation; Health, Education and Social Housing in low-income countries.
Established: 1975

Location: Amersfoort, Netherlands

The Oikocredit Ecumenical Development Cooperative Society U.A. (“Oikocredit”) is a co-operative based in the Netherlands that offers loans, equity and capacity building funding to mostly mid growth-stage microfinance institutions, co-operatives, Fairtrade, and small-to-medium-sized enterprises in low-income and developing countries. It is one of the world’s largest sources of private funding for the microfinance sector, with €1.03 billion in total assets and €900.2 million in capital outstanding in 2015. Targeting financially-excluded groups, particularly rural or agricultural communities and women, Oikocredit invested in 809 partners across 69 countries in 2015, reaching 46 million end beneficiaries through its primary investments and microfinance partners. Investments in Oikocredit are attracted by 29 support associations (SAs) across 12 countries in Europe and North America; and by wholly owned local offices (NSOs) in Austria, Canada, Germany, France, USA, UK and Ireland. Investors’ capital is spread across Oikocredit’s total social investing activities. For every GBP invested, over 80% of the capital begins to flow into the field within three months, with 15% statutorily held on reserve. This report was produced for the Social Stock Exchange Annual Research Book 2017. It delivers an independent take on the Environmental, Social, Governance, as well as Economic performance of the members of the Social Stock Exchange.

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POINT4UK Ltd

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Social Impact:  Conservation of the Natural Environment
Business Area: Vegetation Management; Electricity; Power Infrastructure
Established: 2013

Location: Grantham, Lincolnshire, UK

POINT4UK Ltd (Point 4) develops integrated vegetation risk management solutions for major infrastructure operators. The company’s initial focus is on the electricity distribution sector and it will then expand into the rail, telecommunications, highway and port infrastructure sectors. Point4’s target markets are currently the UK and Ireland where the company offers an value added service to substantially mitigate risks of power outages. This saves the industry millions of pounds in fines for “Customer Minutes Lost”, and substantially improves operational efficiencies. Point4 has established partnerships with leading service providers and consultancies including Arbonaut (Finland) who specialise on the data processing, and EA Technology who are a major consultancy operating in the engineering services sector. This report was produced for the Social Stock Exchange Annual Research Book 2017. It delivers an independent take on the Environmental, Social, Governance, as well as Economic performance of the members of the Social Stock Exchange.

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Places for People Group Ltd

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Social Impact:  Housing and Local Facilities
Business Area: Placemaking; Neighbourhoods; Affordable Housing; Property Management; Care & Support; Retirement; Leisure Management; Construction & Development; Environmental Sustainability
Established: 1965

Location: London, UK

Places for People Group Ltd (PFP) is a leading property management, development, regeneration and leisure company that owns or manages 152,783 properties, runs 116 leisure facilities, and has assets in excess of £3 billion. The emphasis is on creating sustainable homes and communities, with green spaces, conducive to residents living there for the long term. The core purpose is “placemaking”, and is supported within the company by separate divisions which manage leisure centres, provide financial services, tenancy management services, and facilities management. A key social purpose is to address the UK’s housing shortage in a manner which creates sustainable communities. Places for People operates in over 200 local authority areas in the UK, providing services to over half a million people, and working closely with local communities to help them reach their goals. Whilst being for profit, all earnings are invested back into the business. This enables PFP to sustain a wide range of activities that positively impact people’s lives. This report was produced for the Social Stock Exchange Annual Research Book 2017. It delivers an independent take on the Environmental, Social, Governance, as well as Economic performance of the members of the Social Stock Exchange.

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Phoenix Product Development Ltd

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Social Impact:  Conservation of the Natural Environment
Business Area: Water; Waste Management; Environmental Sustainability
Established: 2001

Location: Laindon, Essex, UK

Founded by Garry Moore in 1998, Phoenix Product Development Ltd (trading as Propelair) develops a new generation of super-efficient water saving toilets called Propelair®. It uses an innovative air-based operating principle and only 1.5 litres of water per flush (compared to UK toilets averaging 9 litres per flush and accounting up for to 90% of commercial water use in buildings). The company developed the technology partly funded by R&D grants, which culminated in successful product prototype trials and verification in 2008. In 2010, the company received investment to test, certify and bring to production the technology, and in 2013 Propelair launched its 1.5 litre flush toilet at Ecobuild, London. In 2014 the company raised equity to commercialise Propelair, and it now employs 10 members of staff at its headquarters in Basildon, Essex. Its manufacturer has a team of 70 staff, and its sales partners have 50 sales, installation and customer support engineers nationwide. This report was produced for the Social Stock Exchange Annual Research Book 2017. It delivers an independent take on the Environmental, Social, Governance, as well as Economic performance of the members of the Social Stock Exchange.

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SeaStar Ocean

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Social Impact:  Conservation of the Natural Environment
Business Area: Water Treatment; Water Scarcity
Established: 2016

Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

SeaStar Ocean (SeaStar) is a company focused on the development and commercialisation of technologies related to water and the oceans of the world. The company’s first product aims to eliminate the problems caused by the consumption of tainted, unsafe drinking water by people around the world. SeaStar’s new RainWater Maker™, is a water treatment system that leverages natures water cycle to convert unsafe, undrinkable water found in estuaries swamps, stagnant pools, polluted rivers and oceans into clean, safe drinking water for people. The technology embodied in the RainWater Maker is currently Patent Pending in the United States. This report was produced for the Social Stock Exchange Annual Research Book 2017. It delivers an independent take on the Environmental, Social, Governance, as well as Economic performance of the members of the Social Stock Exchange.

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