Guardian sustainable business award winner: finance for good category

The Social Stock Exchange (SSX) wants to bring impact investing – investments which have a social or environmental benefit while also making money – to everyday, individual investors.

SSX is targeting both retail and institutional investors. The more people it can get involved in the social investment market, the more capital will be available for businesses that want to increase their social or environmental impact by scaling up. In the last year SSX’s member companies collectively raised £400m, including the construction of 800 affordable UK homes, 78,000 tonnes of CO2 saved through clean energy, and 8,300 people accessing new healthcare facilities.

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What P Diddy taught me

Kubi Springer decided to become an entrepreneur at 17 after an injury ended her hopes of a dancing career. Rather than jumping straight into the fray after graduating from Westminster University in 1998, however, she decided to learn from someone who had already proved his business prowess: the hip-hop star Sean “P Diddy” Combs.

“I wanted to work with him because he was the biggest urban mogul at the time,” said Springer, now 37. “He was launching clothing lines, his record label was doing well . . . so I worked for him for three years at Blue Flame, his marketing and advertising agency. It was very small at the time and he was very hands on. I spent a lot of time with him.”

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