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History of CAN

  • 1997

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    CAN founders cited in think-tank Demos publication 'Rise of the Social Entrepreneur'

  • 1998

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    CAN founded as peer network for UK social entrepreneurs

  • 2000

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    CAN co-founds UnLtd – £100m Endowment Fund for Social Entrepreneurs

    CAN moves into its first co-located, charity office space in Waterloo, SE1

  • 2003

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    DTI (now BiS) sponsors publication "How to Mezzanine", a guide to setting up shared workspace

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    CAN co-founds Social Enterprise Coalition, (SEUK) the umbrella body for social enterprise in the UK

  • 2004

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    CAN Mezzanine opens a three-floor site at the prestigious No. 1 London Bridge address

  • 2005

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    CAN appointed as a Strategic Partner to Cabinet Office to promote social enterprise

    CAN launches the 'Beanstalk' Social Franchising Programme

  • 2006

    CAN Mezzanine wins prestigious Charity Award for Research, Support and Advice

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    CAN announces Breakthrough I - €1m Venture Philanthropy fund to support scaling social enterprises

    (Then) Third Sector Minister Phil Hope, MP visits CAN Mezzanine London Bridge

  • 2007

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    CAN Mezzanine opens second site in Southwark, London (Loman Street)

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    CAN Breakthrough is highly commended at the Charity Awards for innovative grant making

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    CAN officially launches Breakthrough II with an increased €2m fund

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    CAN celebrates its 10th anniversary with visit from DTI Minister Stephen Timms, MP

  • 2008

    (Then) Shadow Minister Francis Maude MP visits CAN Mezzanine, London Bridge

    CAN welcomes its 100th Mezzanine customer

    CAN raises finance and purchases its London Old Street site for £10m

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    CAN celebrates its 10th anniversary at St Brides Foundation

  • 2009

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    CAN Mezzanine opens its third building in Old Street, North London

    CAN Mezzanine conduct SROI report - results prove £1.30 added value for every £1 spent on customers

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    CAN launches research on Mergers and Acquisitions in the social enterprise sector

  • 2010

    CAN raises finance and purchases Loman Street, (South London) site for £7m

  • 2011

    Cabinet Office white paper: 'Growing the Social Investment Market' cites CAN as a 'market maker'

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    CAN re-appointed as a Strategic Partner of the Office for Civil Society (OCS) until 2014

    CAN Breakthrough is the cornerstone investor in £500k investment into award winning Cool2Care

  • 2012

    CAN Mezzanine reaches combined occupancy of 90%

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    CAN Invest secures £1.2m Community loan and grant fund

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    CAN Invest becomes an Approved Provider for the Contract and Investment Readiness Fund (ICRF)

  • 2013

    CAN Invest announces partnership with the Social Stock Exchange and the Big Lottery Fund

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    CAN Mezzanine charity office space opens in Bristol marking its first expansion outside of London

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    Andrew Croft joins Cabinet Office's Mutuals Ambassadors Programme

    CAN Invest report in partnership with Big Society Capital & Baker Tilly on social impact reporting

Vision

CAN's vision is for a strong and impactful social economy that creates a better society.

Mission

To deliver our vision for the public, our mission is to support social organisations to maximise their impact, sustainability and where appropriate, growth. We deliver on this mission by addressing the three key barriers Premises, Skill and Finance.

Values

Collaborative

Generous in sector support, we work collaboratively, share skills and knowledge to achieve

Restless

Driven with creative hunger, we challenge norms, harnessing passion and energy to deliver

Inclusive

Approachable, flexible and caring, we have faith in people, respect individuality and give a voice

Bold

We take risk, act transparently, with integrity, honesty and courage to challenge and be heard