Big Society Capital has made its largest ever single investment – up to £14.5m of ordinary shares in Charity Bank in three successive tranches between 2014 and 2016. The first tranche of £4.5m has been invested following receipt of all requisite regulatory and shareholder approvals.
Today, Impact Ventures UK (IVUK) has announced its first investment of £800,000 into K10 - an independent social enterprise that employs apprentices and places them in the London construction industry.
Today the Chancellor, the Rt Hon George Osborne MP, has announced that the rate of the new social investment tax rate relief will be 30%. This means that the relief is equivalent to existing venture capital schemes. This is good news for charities and social enterprises who, we hope, will now be able to access around half a billion pounds of additional investment over the next five years.
Big Society Capital, the world's first social investment bank, today welcomes the commitment made by the Chancellor, the Rt Hon George Osborne MP, in his Budget to set the rate of social investment tax rate relief at 30%.
In November 2013, we announced our cornerstone investment of £10 million in the UK Social Bond Fund, a joint initiative by Threadneedle Investment and Big Issue Invest. This week, the official launch of the first UK, daily liquid social bond fund was met with a packed room of both social investors and more 'traditional' investors.
“It’s been great to spend a day feeling being both inspired and better informed”
This was just one of the comments from a social enterprise delegate attending one of the two events on social finance that Big Society Capital supported with Social Enterprise North West (SENW) in Salford and Social Enterprise Yorkshire and Humber (SEYH) in Leeds last week. Both SENW and SEYH ran fantastic lively events to bring social enterprises and charities together with social finance providers – with the chance to meet similar organisations and social finance organisations, debate, and hear updates on current developments and examples of social investment in action.
Despite the UK's ageing population, the number of people getting essential support in their home has actually fallen in the past five years, leaving an estimated one million people without any help. As a result, care services are there to respond to crisis rather than provide the support needed to prevent vulnerable individuals from reaching crisis point...
Identifying, measuring and communicating social impact is critical for social sector organisations who want to deliver positive changes to the people and communities where they operate. Many organisations grapple with decisions about how to deliver the right kind of social impact, to the right people, in the right place, at the right time, with limited resources - and then find out if it worked or not. These challenges were central to the discussions at the Impact Leadership Conference which I attended earlier this month that was hosted by New Philanthropy Capital and the Charity Finance Group.
The current UK banking system is highly concentrated (four banks control 85% of SME lending), highly centralised (with one exception all of those banks are in London) and increasingly driven by industralising the loan process. Indeed, as Martin Wolf commented in the FT the “UK banking is a highly interconnected machine whose principal activity is leveraging up property assets.” This provides a real opportunity for Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs) (which are regionally based, relationship driven and focused on combining social value and appropriate returns) to satisfy the enormous demand for funding that exists in our communities.
The FSE Group has today unveiled The Social Impact Accelerator Loan Scheme (‘SIA’), supported by initial investment from Big Society Capital. Flexibly structured loans of between £250,000 and £1,000,000 will be provided to regulated social sector organisations to support their expansion strategies.
Developing Empowering Resources in Communities (DERiC) and Big Society Capital (BSC), the social investment bank, today announced the launch of an innovative programme to utilise personal care budgets which will greatly improve existing service levels for people with social care needs through community engagement.
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend the Unlocking Assets project group hosted by London Funders, and chaired by Caroline Forster of The Social Investment Business. This is a regular gathering for funders that own and use property for the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) or invest in VCS property acquisition and development.
Before Christmas, we went out to visit some of the organisations who have received investment from funds that Big Society Capital has invested in. During our conversations one of the recurring points that the charities, social enterprises and community organisations we met regularly raised was: with the limited resources they had, it was very hard to find the time to identify all of the relevant sources of social finance available to them.
BSC is run by an Executive Committee which leads the five key areas of the business: investments; impact and operations; strategy and market development; finance; and communications. The Executive Committee has a quarterly Risk Management meeting to review BSC’s Strategic Risk Registers. As part of this meeting, the Executive Committee also identifies its key risks for the next quarter.
Last week, three of us headed out to Wales and Bristol to visit two front-line organisations who have received social investment from the Pure Leapfrog Community Energy Fund, to see what they’ve been up to.