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News | 9 April 2015

A £9m social investment loan fund is now open for business and actively seeking applications from social enterprises in the North East of England. 

Blog | 7 April 2015

It was announced this week that the Real Lettings Property Fund (RLPF) has achieved a final close at £56.8 million, with three new investors and a high net worth individual together adding a final £10.3 million.

Research | 7 April 2015

This Social Investment Insights paper focuses on how social investment can be used to support the conservation of the environment.

Blog | 30 March 2015

On 18th March, Social Enterprise Yorkshire and Humber held their annual Working Capital Conference bringing together some of the leading experts in social investment with local social enterprises to learn more about emerging products and models. This year’s conference was befittingly held at Unity Works, a major events venue in the 80s which itself has been refurbished through social investment after receiving a capital grant as part of the Community Assets and Services Fund

News | 27 March 2015

Local charities in Ipswich came together yesterday at Community Action Suffolk to find out about new sources of funding for charities and social enterprises. 

Research | 26 March 2015

With a focus on tackling financial exclusion, this report looks at how the UK can strengthen its community investment sector with lessons learnt from the US experience.

Blog | 25 March 2015

Last week, Big Society Capital held a seminar on social investment and social care with members of the Care & Support Alliance. Scope CEO, Richard Hawkes, shares his thoughts on the relevance of social investment in addressing some of the issues around health and social care.

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 | 18 March 2015

Continuing our series of guest blogs, Richard Nicol from Midlands Together talks about the difference social investment has made to ex-offenders in the Midlands.

Blog | 18 March 2015

Today the Chancellor, the Rt Hon George Osborne MP, has announced in the 2015 Budget the inclusion of Social Venture Capital Trusts to the Social Investment Tax Relief scheme. He has also announced a change in its regulatory status so that funds can be promoted on the same basis as Enterprise Investment Schemes.

News | 18 March 2015

Access: The Foundation for Social Investment (“Access”) was formally launched today at an event at South Oxfordshire Food and Education Academy (SOFEA) in Didcot. Its mission is to fill gaps in the emerging social investment market, which have prevented some voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises from accessing finance to help them become more sustainable.

News | 17 March 2015

Local charities came together last week at Voluntary Action LeicesterShire to find out about new sources of funding for charities and social enterprises. 

Research | 13 March 2015

This Social Investment Insights paper focuses on how social investment can be used to support community organisations.

Blog | 12 March 2015

Last week, Big Society Capital attended the 2015 Community Development Finance Association (CDFA) Conference which gathered a wide range of experts to discuss if a values based economy offers the only sustainable route to growth. Our Development Director, Danyal Sattar, shares his thoughts on the discussions brought up on the day. 

Research | 10 March 2015

A report by the Alternative Commission on Social Investment.

Research | 10 March 2015

This Social Investment Insights paper focuses on how social investment can be used to support families, friends and relationships.

Blog | 6 March 2015

Last month marked the first year anniversary of the Threadneedle UK Social Bond Fund which has reached over US $100m in assets under management. The fund has returned 11.8% gross, delivering on its aim to achieve an annual gross return in line with that of a UK sterling corporate bond index.

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Blog | 3 March 2015

In this guest blog, Ashley Horsey from Commonweal Housing talks about the positive impact that social investment has had on his company.

Blog | 26 February 2015

Today we launch our policy priorities for social investment for the next Parliament.

Research | 24 February 2015

This Social Investment Insights paper focuses on how social investment can be used to support education.

News | 20 February 2015

Exeter charities came together this week to discover how social investment is an alternative source of funding for community projects.

Blog | 19 February 2015

In this guest blog, Michelle Farrell-Bell from Teens & Toddlers talks about the benefits of using a Social Impact Bond.

Blog | 18 February 2015

Governments around the world invest billions in start-ups and high growth firms in pursuit of job creation and innovation.  We recently attended the Global Government Venturing Summit, whose attendees alone represented more than $10 billion in government-funded capital for venturing.  They each try to fill market gaps and keep financing flowing to small enterprises with high growth prospects.  And the state’s role is only growing: Marcos Battisti who manages the European arm of Intel Capital (one of the largest corporate venturing funds in the world), estimated that governments’ funding of new venture capital funds has risen from 15% in 1999 to over 50% today in the EU.

Blog | 18 February 2015

Governments around the world invest billions in start-ups and high growth firms in pursuit of job creation and innovation.  We recently attended the Global Government Venturing Summit, whose attendees alone represented more than $10 billion in government-funded capital for venturing.  They each try to fill market gaps and keep financing flowing to small enterprises with high growth prospects.  And the state’s role is only growing: Marcos Battisti who manages the European arm of Intel Capital (one of the largest corporate venturing funds in the world), estimated that governments’ funding of new venture capital funds has risen from 15% in 1999 to over 50% today in the EU.

Blog | 16 February 2015

The general election is approaching. As campaigning intensifies, attention is shifting back to local constituencies. For social investment to maintain its support, it needs to be able to show how it is making an impact on the ground in constituencies across the country. And it needs key decision-makers, like MPs, to know how and where it is making a difference. New data we’ve obtained suggests that there are already 70 different constituencies across the country benefitting as a result of our social investments - so there’s a story to be told.