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ClearlySo client capital raising activity doubles (£200 million+) as impact investing enters mainstream

ClearlySo, Europe’s leading impact investment bank, announced today that client capital raising activity has doubled since 2016 and has now surpassed £200 million.

London, United Kingdom ClearlySo, Europe’s leading impact investment bank, announced today that client capital raising activity has doubled since 2016 and has now surpassed £200 million. This marks a dramatic acceleration as ClearlySo’s clients have raised more capital in the last two years than in the previous eight.

Impact investing, which considers social, environmental and/or ethical impact (the third dimension) alongside risk and financial return, has grown rapidly in recent years. Research increasing demonstrates that investment opportunities exist that are both high impact and financial return—and there is no necessary trade-off [between the two].

The rapid acceleration in capital raising activity by ClearlySo’s clients is evidence of growing mainstream interest in impact investing. Over the past two years, ClearlySo has seen an increase in the size of capital raising mandates, including substantial series A and development capital funding rounds for Upside Energy, HCT Group, Bulb, SuperCarers and Knowledgemotion, with several mainstream institutions investing.

Rodney Schwartz, chief executive of ClearlySo, stated: “It is gratifying, after so many years of toil, to see investors embracing the idea of values-driven investing.  They see that their clients (pension funds, HNWIs and Limited Partners) increasingly care about the positive impacts of their financial assets.  Institutions which ignore this surging interest do so at their peril.”

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About ClearlySo

ClearlySo is Europe’s leading impact investment bank, working exclusively with businesses, charities, and funds delivering positive social, ethical, and/or environmental impact as well as financial return.

Originally founded in 2008, ClearlySo has helped more than 130 clients raise more than £200 million in impact investment from its extensive network of high-net-worth individual and institutional investors.

In addition, ClearlySo ATLAS  helps investors assess the social and environmental impact of their venture capital and private equity investments and guides them towards a sustainable investment strategy.

ClearlySo is headquartered in London.

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John Lloyd
Chief Marketing Officer
ClearlySo
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: john.lloyd@clearlyso.com
T: 0207 490 9520

www.clearlyso.com
www.linkedin.com/company/clearlyso
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HCT Group secures £17.8 million in funding to tackle social isolation

The UK’s leading community transport operator, HCT Group, secures £17.8 million in funding to tackle social isolation with the help of ClearlySo.

London, United Kingdom HCT Group, the UK’s leading community transport operator, announced today that it has secured a £17.8 million funding package with the help of ClearlySo, Europe’s leading impact investment bank. The funding will be used to accelerate HCT Group’s growth, providing the working capital to continue their rapid expansion and to provide the funds to acquire commercial bus operators and turn them into social enterprises.

In today’s world the more vulnerable you are, the greater barriers to access you face. A disabled person travels just over half (57%) the distance per person per year when compared to a non-disabled person – 4,245 miles per year versus 7,670 miles. A full quarter (25%) of people with disabilities report difficulties with any type of trip. These figures represent a substantial diminishment of disabled people’s lives – opportunities missed, friendships eroded, leisure foregone, horizons closed off.

Originally founded in 1982, HCT Group is a rapidly growing social enterprise that helps tackle this social isolation by providing transport for marginalised people and communities, paid for by the revenues of commercial bus contracts. HCT Group operates at genuine scale, with a fleet of 732 vehicles based in 13 depots, safely providing over 30 million passenger journeys per year.

ClearlySo supported HCT Group in all facets of the fundraise, including advising on terms, development of the financial model, and approaching and negotiating with existing and new lenders, including two commercial investors new to impact investment.

Big Issue Invest led the round which consists of a refinance of legacy debt and an injection of new capital. City Bridge Trust, Esmée Fairbairn, HSBC, MFS, Phone Co-op, Social and Sustainable Capital, TriplePoint and four high-net-worth individuals from the ClearlySo network also participated.

Dai Powell, chief executive of HCT Group, stated: “Since our last fundraising round, HCT Group has grown by over 40 percent, using the investment to help resource our growth. Social isolation remains a vast and growing problem and the latest funding will enable us to accelerate beyond organic growth to bring our services to even more people.”

Further commenting, Chris Parsons, head of investment banking at ClearlySo: “This is the largest fundraise by a social enterprise in the UK so far in 2018 and provides further evidence that you can build a sustainable business that generates an enormously positive social impact. ClearlySo is proud to work with HCT Group, a client for over ten years, to help them obtain the funding they need to reduce social isolation through access to transport.”

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About HCT Group

HCT Group is a social enterprise in the transport industry, safely providing over 30 million passenger trips on our buses every year. We deliver a range of transport services – from London red buses to social services transport, from school transport to whole bus networks, from community transport to education and training. We reinvest the profits from our commercial work into further transport services or projects in the communities we serve.

About ClearlySo

ClearlySo is Europe’s leading impact investment bank, working exclusively with businesses, charities, and funds delivering positive social, ethical, and/or environmental impact as well as financial return.

Originally founded in 2008, ClearlySo has helped more than 130 clients raise more than £175 million in impact investment from its extensive network of high-net-worth individual and institutional investors.

In addition, ClearlySo ATLAS  helps investors assess the social and environmental impact of their venture capital and private equity investments and guides them towards a sustainable investment strategy.

ClearlySo is headquartered in London. 

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Frank Villeneuve-Smith
Communications Director
HCT Group
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frankvilleneuve-smith@hctgroup.org
T: 0207 608 8954

hctgroup.org
www.linkedin.com/company/hct-group

Quynhnhu Nguyen
Marketing Manager
ClearlySo
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: quynhnhu.nguyen@clearlyso.com
T: 0207 490 9520

www.clearlyso.com
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Six ClearlySo clients cited on The Edtech50 as leaders in education technology

Six ClearlySo clients have been honoured on The Edtech50, launched yesterday by Edtech UK and Jisc at a House of Lords reception.

London, United Kingdom ClearlySo, Europe’s leading impact investment bank, announced that six of its clients have been honoured on The Edtech50, launched yesterday by Edtech UK and Jisc at a House of Lords reception. The awards recognise products and projects demonstrating effective and impactful use of Edtech in the UK, along with individuals who have played a leading role in developing this area of work.

ClearlySo clients that won awards or were mentioned as “ones to note” (denoted in italics below), include:

– boclips: Cloud-based platform that makes it easy for education providers to find, license and use video from some of the world’s largest and most respected content producers.
eCadets: Online safety education platform empowering kids to keep schools safe. More than 3,300 schools, especially primaries, supported across the UK. GoBubble – the safe social media for under 13s.
– EduKit: Innovative social enterprise committed to ensuring that all students can achieve their potential with particular focus on those from disadvantaged or difficult backgrounds.
– Night Zookeeper: Digital learning tool that inspires writing through competitions, fun and the power of story.
– Sumdog: Adaptive learning service that uses ‘gamified learning’ to improve students’ results in Maths and English.
– Third Space Learning: Team of teachers and technologists who work with primary schools across the UK to transform pupils’ attainment and love of maths.

According to the government’s Digital Strategy, published in Feb 2017, education technology is one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK, representing 4% of all digital companies. Over the past decade, ClearlySo has played a leading role in helping dozens of these high-growth high-impact Edtech businesses obtain the capital they need, from seed stage through series A, to launch and scale their operations.

Commenting on The Edtech50 announcement, ClearlySo CEO Rodney Schwartz stated: “Edtech firms represent our best hope for future generations.  These firms are essential if we are to effectively disrupt an out-of-date, inefficient and increasingly ineffective system of education designed for the world of 100 years ago.  ClearlySo is proud to help raise capital for these impactful innovators.”

The official announcement and full list of award winners may be found here.

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Notes to the Editors

About ClearlySo

ClearlySo is Europe’s leading impact investment bank, working exclusively with businesses and funds delivering positive social, ethical, and/or environmental impact as well as financial return.

Originally founded in 2008, ClearlySo has helped more than 125 clients raise more than £175 million in impact investment from its extensive network of high-net-worth individual and institutional investors.

In addition, ClearlySo ATLAS  helps investors assess the social and environmental impact of their venture capital and private equity investments and guides them towards choosing sustainable businesses that deliver long term benefit to people, planet and the bottom line.

ClearlySo is headquartered in London.

Further Information

John Lloyd
Chief Marketing Officer
ClearlySo
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: john.lloyd@clearlyso.com
T: 0207 490 9520

 

 

 

 

 

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ClearlySo hires Chris Parsons to lead investment banking

ClearlySo hires new head of investment banking and prepares for continued growth in 2018 as impact investing captures the attention of mainstream investors.

London, United Kingdom ClearlySo, Europe’s leading impact investment bank, announced today that Chris Parsons has been hired as head of investment banking. In this role, Chris will assume overall responsibility for ClearlySo’s established investment banking and capital raising activities for impact entrepreneurs and funds, including equity and debt placement and corporate finance advisory business.

Chris joins ClearlySo from KPMG where he was a Director in the Power and Utilities Advisory team. Prior to KPMG, Chris spent more than a decade working on sustainable energy transactions at Climate Change Capital, a specialist private asset management and advisory firm in the low carbon economy. Previously Chris worked at the investment bank N M Rothschild and prior to that at Arthur Andersen. He brings to ClearlySo over 20 years of M&A and corporate finance experience, including 12 years in clean energy transactions spanning the renewable power sectors.

The addition of Chris comes at an exciting time for ClearlySo, as the firm completes its best year yet in terms of advisory and capital raising activity, and impact investing begins to capture the attention of mainstream investors.

Chris Parsons, head of investment banking at ClearlySo, said: “I am delighted to join ClearlySo and am very excited by the prospect of working with Rod and the team to continue driving the growth of the business and consolidating its position in the impact market.”

Rod Schwartz, chief executive of ClearlySo, added: “It is very exciting to secure someone of Chris’ calibre.  He has solid corporate finance pedigree, will be a great leader of our exceptional team and, with his experience from Climate Change Capital, a demonstrated interest in working with impactful clients.”

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Notes to the Editors

About ClearlySo

ClearlySo is Europe’s leading impact investment bank, working exclusively with businesses and funds delivering positive social, ethical, and/or environmental impact as well as financial return.

Originally founded in 2008, ClearlySo has helped more than 125 clients raise more than £175 million in impact investment from its extensive network of high-net-worth individual and institutional investors.

In addition, ClearlySo ATLAS  helps investors assess the social and environmental impact of their venture capital and private equity investments and guides them towards choosing sustainable businesses that deliver long term benefit to people, planet and the bottom line.

ClearlySo is headquartered in London.

Further Information

John Lloyd
Chief Marketing Officer
ClearlySo
E
: john.lloyd@clearlyso.com
T: 0207 490 9520

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ClearlySo’s Lindsay Smart named to Brummell Magazine’s 2017 list of most inspirational women in the City

ClearlySo Head of Impact Research and Innovation Lindsay Smart named to Brummell Magazine’s 2017 list of most inspirational women in the City!

Brummell Magazine announced today their list of the 30 most inspirational women in the City for 2017. We are very proud that our very own Lindsay Smart made the list!

Jemima Wilson, Brummell Magazine, stated: “It was clear from reviewing the nominations that each nominee would be a true inspiration to other women (and men) throughout the City. While these women come from a diverse range of working backgrounds, from large corporates to entrepreneurial start-ups, all of them are thought leaders in their respective fields, spearheading positive change in the City through their infectious attitude for overcoming challenges, and inspiring others to do the same.”

You can read about the full list of 30 inspirational women here.

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