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Blog | 12 December 2018

Over the past six months we have spoken to over 60 women's sector organisations to better understand the housing needs of vulnerable women. 

Blog | 11 December 2018

In September, we travelled to North America to find insights, examples and lessons to inform and improve our work in communities and places in the UK. 

John Bishop from social enterprise, Evolve
Blog | 15 November 2018

John Bishop, managing director of social enterprise Evolve writes about being a social – and systems – entrepreneur. He also shares how social investment helped to scale up Evolve’s activities and the value of a mentor who helped him stay focused on the mission.

UK Youth
Blog | 14 November 2018

For Trustees Week, Rebecca McCartney, Investment Director at Big Society Capital and trustee at UK Youth, shares her top tips for finding a trustee role, where to search and advice on applying to be one.

Good Finance Live - Veterans at Ease
Blog | 19 October 2018

Big Society Capital's new Engagement Manager, Katie Fulford-Smith, shares her first impressions of the social impact investing world and her introduction to Good Finance at Good Finance Live in Newcastle.

Blog | 12 October 2018

This is the 6th bi-annual release of the Social Investment Deal Level Data and now captures over 3,200 commitments to invest into charities & social enterprises totalling £1.7bn.

Blog | 4 October 2018

In 2012, Big Society Capital became the world’s first impact investment wholesaler dedicated to providing finance to the social sector and building the impact investing market. A year later, it was joined by the Social Impact Accelerator, a new entity within the European Investment Bank. In 2018, we expect two more to open. In 2019, it could easily be another four

Impact Alpha 2018
Blog | 4 October 2018

Cliff Prior, CEO at Big Society Capital, discusses the need for fundamentals in impact investment following a retreat at the Alpbach Forum 2018.

Social Investor marketplace at Good Finance Live
Blog | 3 October 2018

Together with Good Finance, Vonne and Access - The Foundation for Social Investment, Big Society Capital was delighted to be part of the first ever Good Finance Live. It's aim was to provide a space where social enterprises and charities who were actively looking for capital could meet with a wide range of social investors - all in one place. 

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Blog | 18 September 2018

For our “Innovation in Homes” series, Karen Ng, Investment Manager at Big Society Capital, interviewed Will McLoughlin. Will is part of the People Powered team at National Housing Federation’s Creating Our Future programme. 

Jericho celebrates SITR deal
Blog | 18 September 2018

Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) was recently ranked 4th out of 46 in a Europe-wide study on the effectiveness of tax incentives to foster investment into SMEs and start-ups. It is also the only tax relief of all those reviewed that is specifically targetted at charities and social enterprises. So this is definitely something to celebrate!

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Blog | 17 September 2018

For our “Innovation in Homes” series, Karen Ng, Investment Manager at Big Society Capital, interviewed Jack Weaver. Jack is part of the Transforming Tenure team at National Housing Federation’s Creating Our Future programme.

Building-Better
Blog | 11 September 2018

For our “Innovation in Homes” series, Karen Ng, Investment Manager at Big Society Capital, interviewed Trina Chakravarti. Trina is part of the Building Better team at National Housing Federation’s Creating Our Future programme. 

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Blog | 10 September 2018

For our “Innovation in Homes” series, Karen Ng, Investment Manager at Big Society Capital, interviewed Laura Wood. Laura is part of the Adapting with Age team at National Housing Federation’s Creating Our Future programme. 

Blog | 5 September 2018

For International Day of Charity, charity Child Dynamix talks about the valuable work they do in deprived communities and the role that social investment has played in achieving their vision to see communities where children and young people thrive.

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Blog | 3 September 2018

The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG) discusses why India was chosen for this year’s major global gathering of impact investment leaders.

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.

Blog | 30 August 2018

After 32 Let’s Talk Good Finance (LTGF) events, there has been a lot of learning about what social investment is and what it isn’t. Here, we take a look at the highlights from that learning.

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Blog | 29 August 2018

We are pleased to publish the first iteration of our investment strategy which seeks to identify the areas where Big Society Capital’s resources - our time and investment capital - can be most catalytic and help improve people’s lives as they age.

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Blog | 15 August 2018

On her recent trip to New York, our Investment Manager Karen Ng has met up with Ana Stefancic, a Housing First (HS) expert and researcher at Columbia University. Ana shares her experiences from implementing and researching HF for almost two decades.

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Blog | 1 August 2018

This is the second in a series of updates about our work to support underserved small enterprises in disadvantaged areas across the UK through community investment. We set out a five-year vision for community investment which has been developed collectively by the enterprise lending Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs).

Blog | 26 July 2018
In 2016, we produced our first comprehensive estimate of the size and composition of social investment in the UK. Two years on, we’ve updated the central data in this report for the end of 2017 and highlight some emerging trends.
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Blog | 25 July 2018

We launched Big Society Capital’s new strategy a year ago. It included a commitment to focus on using social investment to support early action to prevent problems. In that year, what have we done to make progress in this area?

Blog | 23 July 2018

Far too many children educated outside mainstream schools are failed by the system. Our Head of Strategy Stephen Muers looks at a new report that highlights social investment could be part of the solution

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Blog | 19 July 2018

Big Society Capital launched a range of initiatives earlier this year to support community lenders to reach more underserved small enterprises in disadvantaged areas across the UK – these initiatives included the provision of socially motivated capital, building evidence, and convening stakeholders. This blog is the first in a series of updates on the progress made to date.