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Blog | 3 December 2014

The journey towards helping individuals address the financial needs of social organisations has sped up considerably today. In today’s Autumn statement, the Chancellor’s announced that Government intends to seek approval for a significant increase to the size of investments that are eligible under Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) to £5m per organisation per year from its previous limit of approximately £290,000 over three years. This is what charities and social enterprises asked for and Government has clearly listened. This should be a big boost to the sector, which could help address persistent capital needs, and potentially transform the nature of the social investment market.

News | 3 December 2014

The Chancellor of the Exchequer today announced in the Autumn Statement that the Government is proposing to increase the investment limit of Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) to £5 million and extend its scope by consulting on the introduction of Social Venture Capital Trusts.

Research | 2 December 2014

This report provides a breakdown of the social enterprise sector in Scotland by geographical location and industry sector, together with a survey of 40 intermediary organisations describing their attitudes to social investment.

Research | 28 November 2014

Executive summary of report that analyses the data released through the new bank lending data disclosure framework for the first time.

Blog | 27 November 2014

Social Enterprise Day saw a range of initiatives across the UK that celebrated and raised awaresness of social enterprises. In today's guest blog, we hear from Jane Pritchard, Enterprise Director at Business in the Community, about arc, their partnership with Social Enterprise UK.

Blog | 26 November 2014
The Winterbourne View problem has been defined by the c. 3,250 people with Learning Disabilities around the country who are residing in inpatient facilities where personal, health system and societal outcomes are very poor. Five hundred people have been in these institutions for over ten years, and 60% for over one year. It costs around £600m each year for people to remain in these institutions. Numbers are rising, and it appears that there are complex and entrenched barriers to individuals moving back into alternative housing and supported provision in community settings, which would be better for the individual and could also, over time, cost less.
 
Research | 26 November 2014

This report looks at whether social investment may be able to play a significant role in addressing the "Winterbourne View" problem.

News | 26 November 2014

The Community Investment Coalition (CIC) has welcomed a new report from Coventry University and Newcastle University that analyses the data released through the new bank lending data disclosure framework for the first time.  The research was commissioned by Big Society Capital, Citi, Community Investment Coalition (CIC) and Unity Trust Bank.

News | 26 November 2014

Cheyne Capital Management (UK) LLP (“Cheyne Capital”), one of Europe’s leading alternative investment managers, has launched the Cheyne Social Property Impact Fund (“the Fund”) to help tackle the chronic shortage of housing solutions for disadvantaged groups in the UK.

Blog | 25 November 2014

Last week I had the privilege of attending one of the best events on the social conference calendar: Locality’s Annual Convention at Cardiff City Hall.

News | 12 November 2014

Spacehive, the world’s first civic crowdfunding platform, has today announced the completion of a £1.3m funding round led by a mix of institutional investors and angels.

Research | 11 November 2014

Report that analyses the data released through the new bank lending data disclosure framework for the first time.

News | 11 November 2014

Charities and social enterprises are set to benefit from an innovative new £30 million fund launched today, which paves the way to attract game-changing levels of commercial finance to grow the sector.

Blog | 6 November 2014

Preferred bidders were announced last week in the Ministry of Justice’s (MoJ) Transforming Rehabilitation (TR) programme. TR is the outsourcing of probation services for low and medium risk offenders in England and Wales with an annual contract value of £490 million.

Research | 30 October 2014

This report looks at how social investment can support charities and social enterprises in alleviating the crisis in social care for older people.

Blog | 29 October 2014

In a written Ministerial Statement, the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Chris Grayling has today announced the Preferred Bidders for the 21 Community Rehabilitation Company contracts as part of Transforming Rehabliation - the programme to reform probation services.

News | 24 October 2014

Social investment could play a leading role in alleviating the crisis faced in social care for older people, but urgent action is needed to make this happen, says a new report released today by Age UK and Big Society Capital.

Research | 21 October 2014

This report aims to provide venture philanthropy and social investors with guidance about preparing a transparent exit process from investments in social sector organisations.

Research | 17 October 2014

Drawing on lessons learned from existing Social Impact Bonds (SIBs), this report identifies design features that practitioners can use to increase the likelihood of future SIBs delivering the desired social outcomes.

Blog | 16 October 2014

4Children is the first organisation to benefit from the FSE Social Impact Accelerator Fund. The fund was launched earlier this year to help charities and social enterprises scale up their activity.

Research | 15 October 2014

This report examines the UK experience of social business to develop a new framework for understanding the approaches to protecting social impact.

News | 14 October 2014

Commonweal Housing has today received a £1.1 million investment from Big Society Capital to finance a housing project for destitute families and children in South London.

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 | 3 October 2014

Following positive feedback from last year's Social Investment Compendium, we have today published an updated Social Investment Compendium 2014 - a collection of key pieces of research and information from the social investment market, brought together in one single document that tells a story about the market. 

Blog | 29 September 2014

Energise is a programme delivered by charity Adviza, that works with 14 to 15 year olds across the Thames Valley to build resilience, confidence and aspiration among vulnerable young people, and prevent them from becoming unemployed.