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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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?
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
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.
We often get asked what the differences are between the various tax reliefs available to charities and social enterprises. This is why, together with Bates Wells Braithwaite (BWB), we are pleased to publish A Simple Guide to Tax Reliefs. As well as covering the relatively new Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR), it also covers SEIS, EIS, CITR, IFISAs and Gift Aid.
In the third article of our “Innovation in Homes” series, Karen Ng, Investment Manager at Big Society Capital, has asked entrepreneurs from The Young Foundation’s Reimagining Rent programme to share their learnings from building ventures to improve the Private Rented Sector (PRS). If you are interested about innovations within PRS, you can also read Karen's previous interview with Nationwide Foundation here.