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Mike Britten, Founder and CEO of Goodwill Solutions CIC
Blog | 17 May 2018

In memory of Mike Britten, Founder and CEO of Goodwill Solutions CIC

Blog | 1 June 2017

Just over year ago, spurred by the Young Foundation’s report on gender-lens investing, a number of organisations including Big Society Capital committed to better understand the extent of diversity within social investment.

Blog | 23 August 2016

Coming from Quaker Social Action’s creaking and “characterful” offices in Tower Hamlets, my director and I were a little out of our comfort zone.

Blog | 13 July 2016

Public services are undergoing a system-wide reform with increasing demand for services against a backdrop of reduced Government funding

Blog | 8 June 2016

Frontline charity workers make a direct difference to many people’s lives every day – less so if like me you’re working in charity finance.

Blog | 29 April 2016

As the number of Big Society Capital’s investments have grown, so have the challenges we have experienced in turning concept into practice. 

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. 

Freedom Bakery Prison Initiative Image
Blog | 10 December 2015

Many ex-offenders are reconvicted within one year of release. There is plenty of research to say that many prisoners think having a job is a vital part of keeping them out of prison. The problem is finding employment on release can be difficult, particularly for those who were unemployed before they were convicted.

Blog | 26 October 2015

It’s an important day for social impact bonds (SIBs) as London-based youth charity, Think Forward, has successfully delivered one of the first social impact bonds in the UK to tackle youth unemployment and provide a return to investors.

Blog | 17 September 2015

The Department for Work and Pensions’ Innovation Fund was launched in 2012 to support payment-by-results programmes that enable disadvantaged young people to participate and succeed in education and training. Big Society Capital has invested in five of these Social Impact Bonds, including Think Forward and New Horizons. This summer, the first cohorts of young people on these two programmes sat their GCSE exams, and far exceed all predictions.

Blog | 14 August 2015

Having previously managed a European Social Fund project, I’ve developed a very close eye for detail, dealt with a lot of data and have experienced a payment by results contract. Despite this, I don’t think anything could have prepared me for my next step into the world of social investment.

K10 Construction Apprenticeships
Blog | 27 July 2015

K10 helps young people to find sustainable full-time employment by providing pre-employment training and paid apprenticeship opportunities in the construction and financial sectors in London.

Blog | 25 June 2015

Writing in today's Guardian, Katie Allen looks at how K10 is using social investment from Impact Ventures UK (which Big Society Capital invested into) to support young people into apprencticeships in the construction industry.

Read more in: At some point we will have no one coming into the construction industry.

Blog | 4 June 2015

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.

Blog | 29 April 2015

Continuing our series of guest blogs, Chris Wright, Chief Executive of Catch22, looks at how social investment can transform public services.

Blog | 29 September 2014

Energise is a programme delivered by charity Adviza, that works with 14 to 15 year olds across the Thames Valley to build resilience, confidence and aspiration among vulnerable young people, and prevent them from becoming unemployed.

Blog | 24 March 2014

Today, Impact Ventures UK (IVUK) has announced its first investment of £800,000 into K10 - an independent social enterprise that employs apprentices and places them in the London construction industry.

Blog | 22 January 2014

Today Nesta announces the first social investments, totalling over £2 million, from Nesta Impact Investments - backed by Big Society Capital and Omidyar Network. The £25 million fund is investing in organisations tackling issues, such as elderly care, poor educational standards and financial exclusion, that have social impact as well as providing a potential return for investors.

Blog | 4 October 2013

Big Society Capital and Impetus- PEF recently launched a report by the Young Foundation on the role of social investment in raising attainment of pupils from poorer backgrounds.  To take the discussion forward, we brought together intermediaries, institutional investors, foundations and policy makers at a roundtable.

Blog | 3 June 2013

The educational attainment gap is one of the UK’s most pervasive problems.  In spite of improved general educational attainment over the last decade, the number of young people, particularly those from socially deprived backgrounds, leaving secondary school without any qualifications or unprepared for the world of work has increased.