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Blog | 9 May 2016

I recently attended the launch of Power to Change’s report “The community business market in 2015”

Research | 9 May 2016

There are almost 170,000 refugees and asylum seekers in the UK, which looks set to increase

Blog | 29 April 2016

As the number of Big Society Capital’s investments have grown, so have the challenges we have experienced in turning concept into practice. 

Blog | 28 April 2016

When you invest socially, is your intention to gain or give? Premal Shah, President [and co-founder] of the social lending platform Kiva, asked this loaded question to a packed audience at this year’s Marmalade session on people-powered social investment.

Research | 27 April 2016

The UK social investment market is widely recognised as one of the most advanced in the world. The market continues to grow, Big Society Capital estimate that it is now worth over £1.5 billion, spread over 3,500 investments, with a wide range of products. Government continues to support the market and has committed to strengthening the social investment marketplace by ensuring that future programmes make it as easy as possible for charities and social enterprises to access investment appropriate for them.

Blog | 27 April 2016

We often hear anecdotally of the number of charities and social enterprises that could take social investment and know many social investors are busy trying to find them. But given the hundreds of thousands of organisations in the social sector, it can often feel like trying to find a needle in a haystack. So how can we better connect the right investors to the right charities and social enterprises? 

Blog | 25 April 2016

Core Assets is a fostering and children’s services group based in Bromsgrove. As it reaches the milestone of young people in care now ‘graduating’ from the Social Impact Bond contract it delivers for Birmingham City Council, co-founder Jan Rees OBE reflects on the necessity to continually challenge the system to change vulnerable young people’s lives for the better.

Blog | 22 April 2016

When did tax get to be so interesting? I guess that’s an easy answer for us at Big Society Capital and our friends at Social Investment Scotland who this week announced seven new investments totalling £389k from their dedicated Social Investment Tax Relief Fund, Community Capital. 

Blog | 22 April 2016

The gritty reality of social investment? It's hard work, it's high pressure, and it is certainly no replacement for revenue. However, those doing the work today will reap rewards in the future.

Blog | 22 April 2016

Last week, it was great to be able to participate in a discussion on social investment with the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Charities and Volunteering – the first time this topic had been discussed at length with parliamentarians interested in the voluntary sector.

Blog | 15 April 2016

In the wake of so much negative press around tax dodges, how delightful to see this week’s announcement from South Bristol Sports Centre on the launch of their £1million sports scheme, £250k of which was raised using Social Investment Tax Relief. 

Blog | 14 April 2016

For children from disadvantaged backgrounds, a good education can be the key to opening up new opportunities. Higher education, in particular, has been shown to have a significant effect on a young person's career prospects and lifetime earnings, and as a result, their social mobility. Yet it’s also widely true that students from disadvantaged backgrounds are much more likely to underperform academically versus their more affluent peers.

Events | 13 April 2016
Location: Arts at the Old Fire Station, 40 George St, Oxford OX1 2AQ, United Kingdom
Can people-powered social investment provide something unique to charities, social enterprises and individual investors?
News | 7 April 2016

Big Society Capital has today launched an independent stakeholder survey to gather views on its progress to-date, as well as ideas for its future priorities.

Blog | 7 April 2016

As Big Society Capital launches its stakeholder survey, our new CEO shares his reflections on meeting some of the people who are using social investment to drive social change.

News | 4 April 2016

AXA IM today announces that it has been appointed to manage Big Society Capital’s treasury portfolio in line with their transformative social impact ambition.

Blog | 4 April 2016

We know that all too often there is a mismatch between the hype of social investment and the gritty reality. Part of this is a mismatch of expectations – between the social investor with the money, and the social enterprise looking to raise finance.  And in my experience, this mismatch is particularly striking around the issue of governance. 

Events | 22 March 2016
Location: Kelham Island Museum - Alma Street, Sheffield S3 8RY, United Kingdom
We are supporting Social Enterprise Yorkshire & Humber with its fifth social investment conference. 
Blog | 22 March 2016

Today Big Society Capital publishes its first comprehensive estimate of the size and shape of social investment in the UK

Research | 22 March 2016

Big Society Capital has produced its first comprehensive estimate of the size and composition of social investment in the UK. 

Blog | 21 March 2016

If I learnt anything from my 20 plus years in retail it was that the customer really is king and we ignore them at our peril.

Blog | 10 March 2016

I can honestly say I never saw a moment in my career when I would be talking about (let alone be excited about) tax!

Events | 9 March 2016
Location: Concept Conference Centre, 58-72 John Bright Street Birmingham B1 1BN GB
Big Society Capital is hosting an event in partnership with Bita Pathways in Birmingham to increase awareness of how social investment is being used to help people with mental health needs. 
Events | 8 March 2016
Location: Bates Wells Braithwaite, 10 Queen Street Place, Lonndon EC4R 1BE
We are supporting E3M with a seminar focused on helping social enterprises take their business to the next level of growth.