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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.

Research | 26 September 2014

The report outlines the issues facing both the supply and demand sides of the social investment market, and some of the challenges these present to policymakers and practitioners.

Blog | 25 September 2014

This week, some of the world’s most powerful leaders of non-profits, businesses, foundations, social enterprises, and governments are gathering in New York City to commit to creating social change around the world through public-private partnerships.  At this year’s Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, Big Society Capital is making a CGI Commitment to Action to catalysing private sector demand for social investment in the United Kingdom by launching a Challenge Prize.

News | 25 September 2014

Rathbone Investment Management (‘Rathbones’), a leading provider of discretionary investment services to individuals, charities and trustees, confirms its appointment as manager of the Charity Bond Support Fund (‘The Fund’). The Fund is a £10m investment commitment from Big Society Capital designed to help Charity Bond issuers to raise capital by encouraging both issuers and investors into the Charity Bond market.

News | 25 September 2014

This letter is submitted jointly by the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA) and Big Society Capital (BSC). It not only complements our respective submissions to the consultation, but demonstrates the increasing cooperation between the social and venture capital investment communities, facilitated by both our organisations. 

News | 25 September 2014

Nick O’Donohoe, Chief Executive Officer of Big Society Capital, committed to launching a new corporate Challenge Prize on Wednesday 24 September, at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York.

Blog | 22 September 2014

The Greenway Centre is run by the Southmead Development Trust to serve the community of Southmead and North Bristol. See more at:

Blog | 19 September 2014

Oomph! runs specialist exercise classes with older people in care homes and the community, that deliver both physical and mental health benefits. 

Blog | 18 September 2014

This week Danyal Sattar joins the team at Big Society Capital. Here he reflects on his journey so far in social investment.

Research | 16 September 2014

This report investigates the UK experience and finds provision of impact readiness support is limited and therefore makes recommendations for strengthening impact readiness support.

Blog | 15 September 2014

Today sees the publication of 'Impact Investment: The Invisible Heart of Markets', produced by the Social Impact Investment Taskforce established under the UK's presidency of the G8.  

News | 15 September 2014

A group of leading experts in social investment from the UK have today set out their vision for the next stages of development of the social impact investment market in the UK. The report 'Building a social impact investment market: The UK experience' is part of the culmination of a year's work, following the launch of the Social Impact Investment Taskforce under the UK's presidency of the G8 in 2013.

Blog | 12 September 2014

This weekend is the first Social Saturday, a day to celebrate and buy from social enterprises. At Big Society Capital, supporting social enterprises is core to what we do. Here, Andrew our Operations Manager shares some insights into how we're trying to do more to support social enterprises through the organisations we buy services and products from.

Research | 12 September 2014

The Compendium provides a portfolio of research and intelligence on the social investment market.

Research | 8 September 2014

The report considers the change in mind-set needed to encourage procurement to be used for investment for social innovation and prevention and details the recommendations to make this effective.

Research | 5 September 2014

This report provides an overview of the key initiatives that contributed to the development of the market in the UK, and provides commentary on how the market developed. It also provides recommendations for developing the next phase of the social investment market.

News | 3 September 2014

High net worth individuals face missing out on the benefits of the new Social Investment Tax Relief because their advisers do not know enough about it, a poll commissioned by Big Society Capital has found.