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Cardiff Christmas Market

Posted on 17th November 2020 | Uncategorized
Quite unbelievably given the circumstances this time around, Cardiff Christmas Market was not cancelled. Cardiff and Wales should probably get more accolades for preserving this great Christmas tradition in spite of everything. This makes us possibly almost unique in Europe in having our Christmas market as normal. The atmosphere in …

September 2020 Newsletter

Posted on 8th September 2020 | Company News
Dear Friends and Supporters Since the last newsletter, we have all been coping with the impact of Covid-19 and the fall out of the lockdown. Perhaps the first thing to say is that Purple Shoots and most of its borrowers and groups have all survived! With the advent of lockdown, …

Our Wider Impact – some evidence

Posted on 29th July 2020 | Finance Tips
I know anecdotally that our lending has a much wider impact than just the economic one which arises from creating a new business and getting someone out of the benefits system (using a recognized economic impact tool, the impact is ten times the funds we lend). For example we know …

Building Back Better – Some Suggestions

Posted on 29th June 2020 | Uncategorized
Introduction: After a forest fire, recovery begins at the bottom In the rush to rebuild our economy following the damage caused by the Covid 19 lockdown, there is a danger that we will hastily patch up what was there before and follow the same paradigms and economic mantras, in the mistaken belief …