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Triodos Fund

by Jonny Gordon-Farleigh
Feb 12, 2019

Community businesses are on the rise, from farms to football clubs, piers to pubs. They can provide new life to old buildings, or keep a vital service running when no-one else thinks its viable.

We've partnered with ethical bank Triodos who are sponsoring 10 fully funded places on Stir to Action’s What If We Ran It Ourselves? Community Ownership workshop in Bristol on 13 July 2019.

If you’ve got an idea or are involved in a community ownership initiative, apply to join us!

Who are Triodos?

Triodos Bank is a global pioneer in sustainable banking, using the power of finance to support projects that benefit people and the planet. We believe that banking can, and should, be a powerful force for good: serving individuals and communities as well as building a more sustainable society.

Our mission is to help create a society that promotes a quality of life that has human dignity at its core. We do this by financing the good things happening in the real world, such as organic food and farming, renewable energy, social housing - and community projects. Triodos isn't just a bank: we're changing the way banking is done.

Case Study: The Swan Pub

Triodos Bank finance a range of community based organisations that value more than just profit – from pubs to housing co-operatives. They recognise the positive outcomes that can be achieved when communities are empowered to take control of their own neighbourhoods, and are helping an increasing number of communities to secure valued assets for the ongoing and future benefit and enjoyment of local people.

Lending from Triodos recently supported The Swan (a pub based in Clewer village, Windsor) to become a community-owned social enterprise. After the company that previously owned the pub put it up for sale in early 2018, a local group began a campaign to save it from developers. A funding initiative raised pledges of £140,000 in less than two weeks, and The Swan was granted status as an ‘Asset of Community Value’. With a loan from Triodos complemented by community fundraising, The Swan Clewer CIC finally received the keys to the pub in early February this year. The vision is that the 18th century coaching inn will become a real community hub, providing meeting space; opportunities for training for local young people and workspace for start-up businesses.  

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