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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.

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 | 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).

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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.

 
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Blog | 25 June 2018

James Burrows, Investment Director at Big Society Capital, gives an overview of how we are approaching our work in supporting communities across the UK, seeking to learn from the work of others over many years. This is the first in a series of posts seeking to share lessons and insights from our own work in this area as well as others – partners and colleagues. For more on what we are up to in this strand of our work please see our website, with more updates to come.

Blog | 1 May 2018

As part of the GET INFORMED campaign for trustees, we hear from Bob Thust, Treasurer of The Bevy Pub in Brighton as he shares how social investment is enabling the entity to serve its community. 

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 | 5 October 2016

This year marks 15 years since I started work in the voluntary and community sector.

Blog | 26 September 2016

The Commissioning Better Outcomes Fund evaluation is following 10 SIBs part-funded by the fund over their lifetime. One of them is the Worcestershire Reconnections SIB and the first report about the SIB was launched last week.

Blog | 9 May 2016

I recently attended the launch of Power to Change’s report “The community business market in 2015”

Blog | 22 January 2016

In November, Simon and I published "Helping community energy get back in the driving seat" outlining how Big Society Capital has seen social impact created by community energy schemes and how social investors could support this.

Blog | 14 December 2015

HCT Group is a social enterprise in the transport industry. We earn our revenues from contracts won in the marketplace and reinvest profits back into services for our communities. 

Blog | 5 November 2015

Community energy initiatives have become an important way for communities to grow stronger.

Blog | 2 November 2015

HM Treasury recently announced that from 30th November this year, it will remove tax reliefs of 30% or more for community energy projects. This means they will no longer be eligible for Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) as well as Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS).

Blog | 8 October 2015

Southmead is an out of town estate, a few miles from the centre of Bristol. It’s a great place with a real buzz and lots of positives, but it also has its challenges. Southmead has the lowest life expectancy in Bristol, more than 9 years lower than the neighbouring ward of Henleaze, and we’re involved in many projects to try and address that. We want to improve people’s wellbeing and hopefully have an impact on their life expectancy.

Blog | 10 April 2015

NCVO recently organised a series of social investment workshops supported by the Cabinet Office for charities and social enterprises.These sessions, held in Exeter, Ipswich, Leicester and London, aimed to raise awareness of the different models of social investment that are available.

Blog | 30 March 2015

On 18th March, Social Enterprise Yorkshire and Humber held their annual Working Capital Conference bringing together some of the leading experts in social investment with local social enterprises to learn more about emerging products and models. This year’s conference was befittingly held at Unity Works, a major events venue in the 80s which itself has been refurbished through social investment after receiving a capital grant as part of the Community Assets and Services Fund

Blog | 12 March 2015

Last week, Big Society Capital attended the 2015 Community Development Finance Association (CDFA) Conference which gathered a wide range of experts to discuss if a values based economy offers the only sustainable route to growth. Our Development Director, Danyal Sattar, shares his thoughts on the discussions brought up on the day. 

Blog | 29 January 2015

“Improving the quality and reach of social care to meet rising demand is one of the biggest challenges our country now faces… It is crucial that we ‘tap’ every resource that exists to help us create the conditions needed to transform social care into a service that older and disabled people, and their families, really can rely on.”

Blog | 23 January 2015

On Thursday last week the Rt Hon Francis Maude, the Minister for Cabinet Office, hosted an Angels for Good event at number 11 Downing Street to introduce current and prospective social angel investors to social entrepreneurs and members of the angel.

Blog | 27 November 2014

Social Enterprise Day saw a range of initiatives across the UK that celebrated and raised awaresness of social enterprises. In today's guest blog, we hear from Jane Pritchard, Enterprise Director at Business in the Community, about arc, their partnership with Social Enterprise UK.

Blog | 25 November 2014

Last week I had the privilege of attending one of the best events on the social conference calendar: Locality’s Annual Convention at Cardiff City Hall.

Blog | 16 October 2014

4Children is the first organisation to benefit from the FSE Social Impact Accelerator Fund. The fund was launched earlier this year to help charities and social enterprises scale up their activity.

Blog | 6 October 2014

Furnistore is a charity that provides good quality furniture and households goods at affordable prices to individuals and families in Redhill. The charity is mainly staffed by volunteers who collect unwanted items from local residents which are then sold to the public. A discounted or free service is available to help those families who may not otherwise be able to afford basic household goods or have been referred by social agencies.

Blog | 22 September 2014

The Greenway Centre is run by the Southmead Development Trust to serve the community of Southmead and North Bristol. See more at: http://www.bigsocietycapital.com/blog/how-does-social-investment-work-greenway-centre