This report studies the appetite for investment within mainstream financial institutions and other investor types
This report, prepared by ClearlySo, was commissioned by the City of London Corporation, the City Bridge Trust and the Big Lottery Fund. The aim of the research is to understand more fully the perspectives of different types of institutional investors towards financing social enterprises; that is, social investment. The research asks, “What engages investors in social enterprise investment?” “What is the current level of interest?”; “What is deterring investors and what could improve and accelerate the take up?” and “what existing and potential vehicles might suit different types of investors?”
This timely report reflects the growth of attention in this sector. Investment into social enterprises in the UK last year amounted to just £190m1. Yet, this belies the increasing interest in businesses which create financial and social returns by tackling society’s current and future needs. The Coalition government’s Big Society Agenda, the increased interest in Socially Responsible Investment2 and the role that social enterprises plan to play in the reconfiguration of public service delivery all exemplify this interest.