With an in-depth knowledge of ethical businesses
Charities and Social Enterprises
Services for charities and social enterprises
Triodos is the UK’s leading bank for social enterprise, and a fast-growing force within the charities sector. We’re currently lending well over £100 million to a hugely diverse range of clients – from local village halls to major regional, national and international organisations – all working towards lasting positive changes and a brighter future for all.
Supporting a cause we believe in, when they need it most
Freshwinds is a fast-growing charity based in Birmingham. It provides valuable holistic healthcare and support for adults and children with life-limiting illnesses, and for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
In early 2008, Freshwinds reviewed its banking needs and started looking for ways to fund its working capital requirements. Like many charities, Freshwinds rents its premises and does not own property to use as security for a loan. However, understanding the sector and sharing the charity’s values, we were happy to help finance its growth by providing a medium-term unsecured loan and working capital facility. And by working in partnership with people at Freshwinds, we’ve helped them not just maintain, but also improve and expand their range of projects and community-based initiatives.
Simon Parkinson – National Manager, Golden Lane Housing, the housing arm of Mencap
"Like many charities our constant challenge is to raise sufficient funds for our vital work - in our case, providing people with learning disabilities with a home of their own. In 2003 we worked with Triodos Bank to raise £1.6 million in the first ever bond issue for a major UK charity. From this ground-breaking start, we’ve developed a lasting relationship and the bank is now our lender of choice."
Understanding and expertise
Our claim is a simple but worthy one: we are the only bank that can meet your financial needs without compromising the ethical principles your organisation is based on. Our extensive experience means charities and social enterprises can rely on Triodos for a responsive service based on an excellent understanding of the issues they face.
Helpful and responsive
This means we can help identify the best opportunities and overcome any problems charities and social enterprises may face when trying to build on their positive work. And by asking the right questions, we can provide a forward-thinking, responsive service instead of a merely reactive one. If that sounds refreshing and different from your present bank, we’d like to hear from you.
- Charity Commission
- National Council for Voluntary Organisations
- Charity Finance Group
- Directory of Social Change
- Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations
- Social Enterprise UK
- Social Firms UK
- SENSCOT (Social Enterprise Network Scotland)
- Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition
- Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations
- Development Trusts Association Scotland
- The Social Enterprise Academy
- Welsh Social Enterprise Coalition
- Association for Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations
- Social Enterprise Live – media for ethical & social businesses