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Let's Talk Good Finance
Blog | 31 August 2018

Following on from my earlier blog on lessons from Let’s Talk Good Finance, I wanted to emphasise that there are options. And a great way to help charities and social enterprises navigate those options is Good Finance.

FareShare South West
Blog | 20 June 2018

For Small Charity Week we’re celebrating the contribution that small charities make to all our lives. 97% charities have income less than £1m and an important focus of our work is on how social investment can be a useful tool for them.

News | 13 October 2016

First Ark has announced the launch of its first Social Investment Fund for the North West aimed at offering finance to early stage and growing social businesses.

News | 5 October 2016
  • Big Society Capital releases second tranche of its £14.5 million investment commitment, enabling Charity Bank to support many more good causes
  • New loan approvals of £55.8m in the first nine months of 2016; more than in the whole of any previous year
  • Social sector loan demand remains strong since the EU Referendum
News | 22 September 2016

A new £5.5m fund, offering grant and unsecured loan finance to social enterprises has launched today across the North of England and the Midlands.

Blog | 23 August 2016

Coming from Quaker Social Action’s creaking and “characterful” offices in Tower Hamlets, my director and I were a little out of our comfort zone.

News | 21 July 2016

The Growth Fund is designed to increase the availability of small affordable unsecured loans for charities and social enterprises. 

News | 21 July 2016

New fund to support health and social care charities and social enterprises in the South West now open.

Blog | 6 July 2016

I can still remember that very first discussion I ever had with a potential investor.

Get SITR Logo - Tax break for charities and social enterprises
Events | 4 July 2016
Location: The Bulldog Trust, Two Temple Place, London WC2R 3BD
Blog | 14 June 2016

Charities are often reluctant to take on loan finance, preferring instead to rely on grants from trusts or individuals.

News | 14 June 2016

ClearlySo, Europe’s leading impact investment bank, announced today that Octopus has taken a 12.3% stake in the company as part of a £1.25 million growth funding round.

Octopus, a fast-growing UK fund management company and the largest provider of venture capital trusts (VCTs) in the UK, will become the largest single institutional investor in the firm and Octopus Co-Founder Chris Hulatt will join the ClearlySo board as a non-executive director.

Blog | 1 June 2016

Imagine you are a famous author, and you’ve just written your greatest masterpiece. Your publisher is happy to give you a big advance – an investment if you like – and to promote your book widely. 

Blog | 30 May 2016

What is the gritty reality of social investment? If I were being cruel I would start by misquoting a saying most frequently credited to the ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius “Life is really simple, but lawyers insist on making it complicated. 

Events | 24 May 2016
Location: Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA
Blog | 16 May 2016

“Are you investment ready?” You’ve probably heard this question a lot if you’ve explored social investment. You might also still be wondering what it means. Thankfully, help is at hand…

Blog | 22 April 2016

The gritty reality of social investment? It's hard work, it's high pressure, and it is certainly no replacement for revenue. However, those doing the work today will reap rewards in the future.

Blog | 4 April 2016

We know that all too often there is a mismatch between the hype of social investment and the gritty reality. Part of this is a mismatch of expectations – between the social investor with the money, and the social enterprise looking to raise finance.  And in my experience, this mismatch is particularly striking around the issue of governance. 

News | 12 January 2016

Big Issue Invest, a pioneering social investor and part of The Big Issue Group, today announced that it had recently closed a first tranche of fundraising commitments of over £21 million into its Big Issue Invest Social Enterprise Investment Fund II (SEIF II). Following on from the success of Big Issue Invest’s first investment fund (SEIF I), which is now fully committed, SEIF II is seeking opportunities to invest in businesses with ambitious social impact goals whilst aiming to deliver robust financial returns to investors.

Blog | 12 January 2016

Today Big Issue Invest announced it had raised over £21 million into its Social Enterprise Investment Fund II (SEIF II) in its first round of fundraising commitments.

Blog | 31 July 2015

Last month saw an important milestone for Big Society Capital: the first investment redemption from our portfolio. Scope, the disability charity, repaid the £875,000 investment we made via Investing for Good, the social finance intermediary who arranged and underwrote the transaction.  

Research | 28 July 2015

Big Potential Breakthrough has the capacity to transform how Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations approach investment opportunities dramatically improving their chances of being successful.

News | 17 July 2015

One year since the introduction of Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR), Big Society Capital has today launched GET IT to support more charities and social enterprises to understand and make use of the tax break.

Golden Lane Housing on the London Stock Exchange
Blog | 24 June 2015

In 2014 Golden Lane Housing (GLH) faced a challenge.  It was a problem faced by many voluntary organisations and social enterprises and it was this: how to get capital to expand and develop the business.