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Big Issue Invest Facility

Revolving credit facility investment to help Big Issue Invest deliver more social impact across the UK.

Social impact 

Social enterprises are developing innovative, business-like solutions to tackling social problems, yet successful and investable social enterprises frequently face difficulties in accessing mainstream funding to finance growth. This facility will enable Big Issue Invest to support high potential charities and social enterprises with loan finance that they need to deliver further social impact.

The investment will enable the team at Big Issue Invest to serve the growing frontline demand for organisations delivering social change.

Financial rationale 

We will lend directly to Big Issue Invest Limited. The £2 million investment is split equally across two tranches, with the Tranche B contingent on Big Issue Invest satisfying further drawdown conditions. The facility may be drawn down and repaid, as needed, in minimum increments of £100,000 subject to a maximum of one drawdown per calendar month.

Market development

Big Issue Invest will support the growth of the market by increasing access to finance for social enterprises and charities seeking to expand and improve their delivery.

This investment will enable Big Issue Invest to increase its deployment of unsecured finance and will play a more strategic role of providing bridging finance to Big Issue Invest’s balance sheet before their current Regional Growth Fund loans are assigned.

Investment details

  • Big Society Capital investment: up to £2 million
  • Arranger/Manager: Big Issue Invest
Last updated | 
20 January 2016