Last week saw the relaunch of Key Fund – a social investment intermediary originally based in Yorkshire – offering loans and grant/loan packages to help community and social enterprises start-up, grow and/or become more sustainable.
Last month, Prince Charles visited the Homeground Hostel in Liverpool to meet young homeless people helped by Local Solutions, a charity supporting vulnerable and excluded people throughout the Merseyside region.
Whalley Community Hydro – a community renewable energy scheme in Lancashire’s Ribble Valley – is the first organisation to be awarded a loan by Charity Bank following Big Society Capital’s investment in the Bank last month.
“It’s been great to spend a day feeling being both inspired and better informed”
This was just one of the comments from a social enterprise delegate attending one of the two events on social finance that Big Society Capital supported with Social Enterprise North West (SENW) in Salford and Social Enterprise Yorkshire and Humber (SEYH) in Leeds last week. Both SENW and SEYH ran fantastic lively events to bring social enterprises and charities together with social finance providers – with the chance to meet similar organisations and social finance organisations, debate, and hear updates on current developments and examples of social investment in action.