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Homes role for entrepreneurial veteran

Anderson takes social enterprise chair

John AndersonScottish entrepreneurship and growth specialist John Anderson is to chair the investment arm of Scotland’s first social enterprise letting agency, Homes for Good. 

Established in March 2013, Homes for Good operates as a social business, reinvesting all profits into helping vulnerable tenants.

Homes for Good Investments was created in 2014 to develop a portfolio of homes for people on low income and housing benefit who have limited choice in the housing market.

To date, it has raised £8million in equity and loan investment, and  transformed more than 140 properties, 75% of which are in Glasgow.

Its backers include Impact Ventures UK, Charity Bank and Big Society Capital.

John Anderson is head of SME Engagement at Strathclyde Business School and has held a number of non-executive roles.

In 2014, he co-founded Entrepreneurial Scotland, having been chief executive of the Entrepreneurial Exchange for more than 12 years. 

He also acts as programme director for Strathclyde’s pioneering Growth Advantage Programme. 

Commenting on his new appointment, he said: “I have always believed in the potential for business to combine strong financial performance with creating social impact and improving lives, and this business is a perfect example. “

Susan Aktemel, director of Homes for Good, said: “Homes for Good  Investments is at an exciting crossroads in its journey, and  along with my fellow board members Chris Hunter and Alex Pollock  I very much welcome John into the team.

“John shares our commitment to social business, and the central role of housing in people’s lives, and I know that his wealth of experience in business will be invaluable.”

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