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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.

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!

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.

SITR market sizing
Blog | 21 June 2018

Tax reliefs are a vital government initiative to encourage investment into smaller companies that can deliver innovation and choice into our economy.

Whilst the latest HMRC statistics are underwhelming, we see great potential for SITR as an enabler to grow social enterprises and charities.

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.

Raising dough using SITR
Blog | 8 June 2018

As part of our campaign to raise awareness about Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR), we teamed up with social enterprise Breadshare to show just how simple it is. If you don’t know about SITR or not sure how it works, Breadshare’s chief baker explains literally by using his loaf!

Blog | 6 December 2017

As part of Trustees Week in November we held a fringe event at NCVO’s Trustee Conference to mark a year of running GET INFORMED – Social Investment for Boards. We wanted to give people a flavour of the campaign and the support on offer, from online resources to 1:1 mentoring. It was a great session and we’ve shared the lively discussions through a podcast

Blog | 8 September 2017

You may have seen recently, here at Big Society Capital we’ve just hit a milestone - a billion pounds of social investment committed by us and our co-investors and available to the sector.

Blog | 9 August 2017

Big Society Capital’s Impact Report looks back over the last five years at the impact the organisation and its partners have made since 2012. Daniel Brewer reflects on the development of Resonance over this time.

Blog | 17 July 2017

On 3rd July, we launched our new strategy and the publication of our 2016 Annual Review at an event held at the Impact Hub in Westminster.

Blog | 10 July 2017

Last week we published our Impact Report online to coincide with our fifth anniversary and the launch of our new strategy.

Blog | 25 January 2017

What do we mean when we talk about volunteering?

Southmead Development Trust
Blog | 13 December 2016

The UK housing crisis topped the agenda at this year’s Autumn Statement and it isn’t looking like it’s moving from that position any time soon. 

Blog | 29 November 2016

It’s been almost 9 months since I joined Big Society Capital.

Blog | 25 November 2016

Impact assessment is a key part of the social investment due diligence process and should have parity with financial assessment.

Blog | 22 November 2016

This week, I’ve joined a few colleagues participating in the Breadline Challenge, living off no more than £2.50 per day for all my food and drink. 

Blog | 12 October 2016

On 11 October, the Social Investment and Finance team in the Office for Civil Society changed its name and ambition. Now it will be the Government Inclusive Economy Unit with a remit to innovate and contribute to the broader agenda of an economy that works for all. 

Blog | 7 October 2016

Being poor is not just about being unable to afford those ‘nice to have’ things - it’s being forced to pay more for the absolute essentials, such as gas, electricity, banking, household goods and even groceries simply because you are living in poverty. It’s called the ‘poverty premium’ and it is effectively a tax on the poor.

Blog | 6 October 2016

The phrase ‘knowledge is power’ is more relevant now than ever in our high tech, fast-moving and often digitally overloaded world, so it’s interesting the saying is widely attributed to Sir Francis Bacon and dates back to around 1597.

Blog | 27 September 2016

If you live in poverty in this country, you’re more unlikely to have a bank account. And if you don’t have a bank account, you can’t get a direct debit discount for many of your everyday services and utilities. Is that fair? We don’t think so.

Blog | 21 September 2016

I knew from the start that if Unforgettable was to succeed it would need to transform the dementia market - and that would take money.

Blog | 16 September 2016

A groundbreaking report came out this week – The Best Countries to be a Social Entrepreneur.

Blog | 2 September 2016

The NHS is a world class healthcare system but, like many modern healthcare systems, it is more of a “sick care” system, responding when people become sick to address symptoms and manage illnesses.

Blog | 28 July 2016

What does Brexit mean for social investors like BSC – and how might it change what we do?