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Ethex, the social crowdfunding platform, has raised just under £50 million for social enterprises from 6,000 investors since its launch in 2013.
Jamie is one of the UK’s leading social entrepreneurs. In 1998, he founded the Ethical Property Company PLC, which provides serviced office accommodation for social change organisations. He led the company for 13 years, taking it from one to 70 staff, owning and operating 20 centres in the UK, Belgium, and France, and bringing in over £15 million from 1,600 shareholders through public share offers. He also founded the charity the Ethical Property Foundation.
Jamie is also chair of the leading Fairtrade chocolate company Divine, which is 44% owned by Kuapa Kokoo, an African cocoa farmers co-operative and was until recently chair of Zaytoun, a company importing olive oil and other products from Palestine, and of Hub Commercial Ventures, a restaurant encouraging student engagement in social action. He is a director of Tonic Housing, which aims to establish appropriate accommodation for elderly members of the LGBT community.
Jamie is currently leading on a year long research project aimed at better understanding the motivations of individuals to save and invest positively, with a view to understanding how best to grow the market. The research is being carried out by IFF Research on behalf of a steering group of six positive savings and investment providers. This group is coordinated by Ethex, and includes Triodos Bank, Big Issue Invest,Barclays Wealth, Microgenius, Oikocredit and Allia. Jamie is also an investor in a wide range of social businesses.