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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