Social enterprise infrastructure

Big Society Capital has invested £1,000,000 to help raise capital to support social enterprises.

How does the investment work?

We expect to see a surge in demand for investment from social entrepreneurs as well as an increase in fund managers seeking to raise capital for impact investment funds. Through its services, ClearlySo will help meet that demand. We believe that it is well positioned to help support the sector and investors in achieving its goal of growing the social investment market.

How is it helping develop the market?

ClearlySo will use our investment to accelerate its growth in the capital raising space, and as a result help raise more capital for social businesses and enterprises. This is a key piece of infrastructure for the sector, which will help a diverse range of frontline organisations. Alongside capital raising, ClearlySo is in a position to offer support that will help to strengthen the business models and investment readiness of these organisations.

Who’s involved?

ClearlySo is a Social Investment Finance Intermediary (SIFI) with over 12 years’ experience working with social enterprises. Since 2012, ClearlySo has been focused on developing the capital raising side of the business, using its well-established enterprise and investor networks. It has also launched Clearly Social Angels, the first network of impact start-up investors in the UK.


  • Education, learning and skills
  • Employment and training
  • Housing, property and essential needs
  • Finance and legal matters
  • Mental health
  • Health, healthy living and lifestyle
  • Personal and social well-being
  • Personal and public safety
  • Local area and getting around
  • Arts, culture and recreation
  • Politics, influence and participation


  • Individuals
  • Families and Children
  • Community, Sector and Society

Information correct as of 31 July 2014

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