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Blog | 9 May 2017

At some point in 2015 I started thinking that if I didn’t get to grips with understanding social finance I’d probably be a bit of a dinosaur.  In a world where money for preventive services is only likely to continue shrinking, any new avenues were worth knowing more about.  

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 | 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 | 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 | 27 June 2016

Companies are increasingly coming to realise that it is possible to design innovative and commercially viable business models that also have a positive social impact.

Blog | 14 June 2016

Charities are often reluctant to take on loan finance, preferring instead to rely on grants from trusts or individuals.

Blog | 1 June 2016

Imagine you are a famous author, and you’ve just written your greatest masterpiece. Your publisher is happy to give you a big advance – an investment if you like – and to promote your book widely. 

Blog | 27 May 2016

The creation of Big Society Capital in 2012 has inspired confidence in new market players to explore new approaches to business and 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 | 22 April 2016

The gritty reality of social investment? It's hard work, it's high pressure, and it is certainly no replacement for revenue. However, those doing the work today will reap rewards in the future.

Blog | 8 March 2016

Today my breakfast was served with a copy of a new report we worked on together with Big Society Capital.

Blog | 25 February 2016

Building on the interest generated in its inaugural year, today we are launching the 2016 Business Impact Challenge.

Blog | 8 January 2016

I spent seven years looking after my mum before she died. Caring for someone with dementia is a lot harder than most people realise. I often felt lost and overwhelmed by the task ahead and soon realised I had to find new ways to keep Mum busy and give her a sense of purpose, otherwise she’d spend all day staring at the TV.

Blog | 7 December 2015

In a recent speech on creating a ‘smarter state’, the Prime Minister said that government will increasingly be ‘bringing in new providers or allowing new ways of doing things’. Following this, the Institute for Government convened an event to explore what we can learn from new approaches to commissioning, setting up and managing public service markets and how to enable integration and collaboration between service providers and government.

Blog | 30 November 2015

Today we announced the winner of the Business Impact Challenge – an innovative new partnership between Interserve, Catch 22 and ClubFinance that has the potential to increase charities and social enterprises’ ability to compete for and deliver public services contracts at scale.

Blog | 20 November 2015

We are very proud to launch the Care & Well-Being Fund this week, a £12 million partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support and Social Finance.

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 | 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.

Blog | 7 July 2015

Last week the National Audit Office (NAO) released a report with an analysis of Payment by Results (PbR) which examines previous programmes commissioned by government.

Blog | 29 June 2015

Corporate social investment is likely to come from pioneering companies who have piloted targeted social investment approaches, and then take them to scale through more meaningful engagement with the business.  The most successful adopters will go well beyond a PR-focused approach and excel at identifying strategic opportunities arising out of social investments.

Blog | 12 June 2015

Since the Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) was first announced in last year’s Budget, it has offered a new dynamic to social impact investing.

Blog | 12 June 2015

Not all business investments are created equal. That’s why we’re delighted to see new research from Harvard Business School (HBS) that shows that companies that make serious investments into the most important social and environmental factors can create significant business value relative to their peers.

Blog | 27 May 2015

There is consensus in the UK that financial exclusion is a major problem. After years of branch closures, and post-crisis pressure to tighten lending standards, high street banks are increasingly withdrawing from lower-income communities and marginal businesses – leaving many individuals, businesses and charities unable to access appropriate and affordable financial services.

Blog | 19 May 2015

Early attempts to introduce payment by results into public services may have been met with scepticism, but the coalition government made important progress in developing new commissioning mechanisms that focus on paying for outcomes rather than simply paying for services, and showed a willingness to learn. Read more in The Guardian >>