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As a leading expert in socially responsible finance, our aim is to help amplify economic and social impact.

We do this through supporting a range of organisations that span the impact spectrum, from charities through to businesses that act responsibly – facilitating their access to the most appropriate and optimal funding for their needs from investors who are interested in creating impact.

Our history

Allia C&C was formed in 2019, although its roots go back to 1999 when it was originally two separate organisations:

1999

Allia founded

Allia is a charity that supports impact ventures who are driving positive change and addressing local and global challenges. Originally called Citylife until 2010, Allia became a pioneer in impact finance, having launched its first bond to tackle unemployment in 1999, and going on to establish innovative forms of social finance through its Allia Impact Finance arm.

Allia also provides innovation and incubation space for impact ventures through its Future Business Centres in Cambridge, Peterborough and East London, and supports ventures to start up and scale through its business support programmes.

1999

City & Continental (C&C) founded

C&C is an established institutional fixed income broker based in London, serving institutions across both primary and secondary markets. Originally founded in 1999 by traders from Salomon Brothers and Bank of America, C&C has built up a reputation as a specialist in illiquid and distressed debt, as well as the conventional bond markets.

2014

Retail Charity Bonds are launched

The Retail Charity Bond platform was developed by Allia and designed to make it affordable for charitable organisations to raise unsecured finance through bonds listed on London Stock Exchange.

The first Retail Charity Bond to be issued on the new platform was £11 million for Golden Lane Housing, Mencap’s leading supported housing landlord for people with learning disabilities.

Construction workers
2014

Scottish charitable bond programme launched

The Scottish charitable bond programme was set up in partnership with the Scottish Government, to raise funds to build affordable and social housing in Scotland.

Happy family at housing
2018

Two of the largest bonds issued

The largest initial Retail Charity Bond of £35 million is issued for award-winning care provider Belong Ltd.

The largest Scottish charitable bond is also issued to Wheatley Group for £16 million.

2019

Allia's 20th Anniversary - the creation of Allia C&C

Allia’s 20th year saw it expanding its impact finance arm by taking a majority stake in City & Continental to form Allia C&C – part of the overall Allia group. Allia Impact Finance was rebranded to Allia C&C, and this combined new entity specialises in sourcing and distributing socially responsible investments – along with offering advice to charities, social enterprises and corporates on business planning, financial sustainability and funding.

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Work at Allia C&C

At Allia C&C, our people are pivotal to our success. The unique qualities of our business, along with our determination and passion, puts us at the forefront of the socially responsible finance scene. This means we can offer something different to other financial organisations – a chance to make an impact.

To find out more about any of our vacancies, or to enquire speculatively with your CV and covering letter, please get in touch with us at recruitment@allia.org.uk.

All enquiries will be treated confidentially.

Please note, we do not accept unsolicited calls, emails or any other communications from recruitment consultants.

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