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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 | 9 December 2015

Some 42 people gathered in Big Society Capital's board room earlier this month, all new starters to our social investment sector.

Blog | 7 December 2015

Big Society Capital wants to create a £5 million facility for alternative finance platforms to match crowdfunded investments by individuals to charities and social enterprises. We are seeking platforms to partner with us to deliver this fund which will launch in 2016.

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 | 2 December 2015

Last month, we announced a Kick-Off Workshop to initiate discussions about our proposed Crowd Match Fund. The half-day workshop took place on Monday 23rd November comprising of five sessions lead by speakers from Big Society Capital, Nesta and Freedom Bakery.

Blog | 2 December 2015

If there is such thing as a typical grant making trust, the Andrews Charitable Trust (ACT) isn’t one of them. I recently attended ACT’s 50th anniversary celebration, hosted by one of their grantees 2nd Chance in Southwark which is supporting young people into sustained employment. It was a fantastic experience, not least because of the young people who catered and supported the event. It was also a great reminder of the old and new in the voluntary and social enterprise sector, and several themes during the event struck me as relevant for our work in social investment.

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 | 30 November 2015

With the spending review dust settling, what does this all mean for social investment? Matt Robinson and Daria Kuznetsova reflect in Pioneers Post.

 

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 | 18 November 2015

A few weeks ago Big Society Capital hosted a roundtable with a range of providers involved in a variety of Social Impact Bond (SIB) programmes over the last 5 years.

Blog | 5 November 2015

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

Blog | 4 November 2015

Today we have published our response to the conversation we held on transparency.

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 | 30 October 2015

Social impact evidence is a key tool that can help charities and social enterprises to measure their effectiveness, learn, improve and raise finance. 

Blog | 29 October 2015

Big Society Capital wants to create a £5 million fund to match crowdfunded investments made by individuals into SITR-eligible charities and social enterprises.

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 | 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 | 1 October 2015

The UK can be proud of its efforts to develop a social impact investment market. Building a Social Impact Investment Market: The UK Experience catalogued the constant activity by Government and industry stakeholders over the past 15 (and more) years to develop the market that exists today.

Blog | 18 September 2015

NCVO recently published their final report on their Financial Sustainability Review of the Voluntary Sector – it paints a bleak picture of the financial challenges facing the sector and that are set to continue.

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 | 17 September 2015

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is currently designing Work Programme 2.

Blog | 10 September 2015

At our Annual Review event back in May, I made a commitment to increase the transparency of our organisation. One of the ways in which we can do this is by publishing the key performance indicators (KPIs) that we use to evaluate both the social investment market and the performance of Big Society Capital.

Blog | 9 September 2015

One thing that has grown quite rapidly in UK social investment over recent years is the range of available products. Whether social property funds, social impact bonds, community shares or soon a wider range of ‘smaller ticket’ products encouraged by the Access Foundation’s Growth Fund, there have never been so many social investment products available across the capital spectrum.

Blog | 9 September 2015

Last week, in partnership with a number of charities and social investors, we submitted a proposal to the Spending Review calling for a Local Outcomes Fund to radically improve current approaches to supporting vulnerable beneficiary groups.

Blog | 7 September 2015

There is a significant inequality gap in the UK education system, with children from deprived backgrounds far more likely to fail educationally than their better-off peers.