Since joining Big Society Capital in 2015, Rebecca has had a particular focus on increasing access to small scale finance for charities and social enterprises, including leading BSC’s investment into the Access Growth Fund, a ~£55 million blended capital fund of funds with investment from BSC and grant from the Big Lottery Fund.
She is currently part of the team exploring how social investment can help support communities across the UK to improve lives, in particular leading BSC’s work on community led or based interventions. Her most recent focus was community lending for underserved small businesses located in disadvantaged areas, where she established with partners a range of initiatives to provide socially motivated capital, build knowledge and convene stakeholders to support change in the community lending sector.
Rebecca has previously worked in the charity sector and across the UK Government, including at the Departments for Work and Pensions, and Communities and Local Government.
This is the second in a series of updates about our work to support underserved small enterprises in disadvantaged areas across the UK through community investment. We set out a five-year vision for community investment which has been developed collectively by the enterprise lending Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs).
Big Society Capital launched a range of initiatives earlier this year to support community lenders to reach more underserved small enterprises in disadvantaged areas across the UK – these initiatives included the provision of socially motivated capital, building evidence, and convening stakeholders. This blog is the first in a series of updates on the progress made to date.