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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.

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.

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 | 6 July 2016

I can still remember that very first discussion I ever had with a potential investor.

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 | 30 May 2016

What is the gritty reality of social investment? If I were being cruel I would start by misquoting a saying most frequently credited to the ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius “Life is really simple, but lawyers insist on making it complicated. 

Blog | 16 May 2016

“Are you investment ready?” You’ve probably heard this question a lot if you’ve explored social investment. You might also still be wondering what it means. Thankfully, help is at hand…

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 | 4 April 2016

We know that all too often there is a mismatch between the hype of social investment and the gritty reality. Part of this is a mismatch of expectations – between the social investor with the money, and the social enterprise looking to raise finance.  And in my experience, this mismatch is particularly striking around the issue of governance. 

Blog | 12 January 2016

Today Big Issue Invest announced it had raised over £21 million into its Social Enterprise Investment Fund II (SEIF II) in its first round of fundraising commitments.

Blog | 31 July 2015

Last month saw an important milestone for Big Society Capital: the first investment redemption from our portfolio. Scope, the disability charity, repaid the £875,000 investment we made via Investing for Good, the social finance intermediary who arranged and underwrote the transaction.  

Golden Lane Housing on the London Stock Exchange
Blog | 24 June 2015

In 2014 Golden Lane Housing (GLH) faced a challenge.  It was a problem faced by many voluntary organisations and social enterprises and it was this: how to get capital to expand and develop the business.

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 >>

 

Blog | 24 March 2015

There is good news and bad news when you are an only child. The good news is, you get all of the attention. The bad news is, you get all of the attention. When you are an only child, you are expected to be good at everything. Of course, nobody, and no organisation, is made that way.

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 | 5 August 2013

One of Big Society Capital’s key objectives is to increase the flow of capital into the social investment market and in particular to attract greater and more diverse sources of finance into the sector. As part of the market building effort to meet that objective we hope to encourage the launch of social investment products suitable for both retail and institutional investors.