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News | 13 December 2016

Big Society Capital has today launched a £15m investment facility for social investors to fund large-scale community-led housing projects

Southmead Development Trust
Blog | 13 December 2016

The UK housing crisis topped the agenda at this year’s Autumn Statement and it isn’t looking like it’s moving from that position any time soon. 

Events | 8 November 2016
Date: 8-9 November 2016 Location: York Barbican, Paragon St, York.
Blog | 5 October 2016

This year marks 15 years since I started work in the voluntary and community sector.

News | 5 October 2016
  • Big Society Capital releases second tranche of its £14.5 million investment commitment, enabling Charity Bank to support many more good causes
  • New loan approvals of £55.8m in the first nine months of 2016; more than in the whole of any previous year
  • Social sector loan demand remains strong since the EU Referendum
Blog | 26 September 2016

The Commissioning Better Outcomes Fund evaluation is following 10 SIBs part-funded by the fund over their lifetime. One of them is the Worcestershire Reconnections SIB and the first report about the SIB was launched last week.

Blog | 9 May 2016

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

Blog | 22 January 2016

In November, Simon and I published "Helping community energy get back in the driving seat" outlining how Big Society Capital has seen social impact created by community energy schemes and how social investors could support this.

Blog | 14 December 2015

HCT Group is a social enterprise in the transport industry. We earn our revenues from contracts won in the marketplace and reinvest profits back into services for our communities. 

Blog | 5 November 2015

Community energy initiatives have become an important way for communities to grow stronger.

Blog | 2 November 2015

HM Treasury recently announced that from 30th November this year, it will remove tax reliefs of 30% or more for community energy projects. This means they will no longer be eligible for Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) as well as Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS).

Blog | 8 October 2015

Southmead is an out of town estate, a few miles from the centre of Bristol. It’s a great place with a real buzz and lots of positives, but it also has its challenges. Southmead has the lowest life expectancy in Bristol, more than 9 years lower than the neighbouring ward of Henleaze, and we’re involved in many projects to try and address that. We want to improve people’s wellbeing and hopefully have an impact on their life expectancy.

News | 18 September 2015

Pure Leapfrog and Big Society Capital have entered into an agreement under which Big Society Capital will lend £15 million to Leapfrog Bridge Finance Ltd, to fund large-scale community energy projects across the UK.

Blog | 10 April 2015

NCVO recently organised a series of social investment workshops supported by the Cabinet Office for charities and social enterprises.These sessions, held in Exeter, Ipswich, Leicester and London, aimed to raise awareness of the different models of social investment that are available.

News | 9 April 2015

A £9m social investment loan fund is now open for business and actively seeking applications from social enterprises in the North East of England. 

Blog | 30 March 2015

On 18th March, Social Enterprise Yorkshire and Humber held their annual Working Capital Conference bringing together some of the leading experts in social investment with local social enterprises to learn more about emerging products and models. This year’s conference was befittingly held at Unity Works, a major events venue in the 80s which itself has been refurbished through social investment after receiving a capital grant as part of the Community Assets and Services Fund

Research | 26 March 2015

With a focus on tackling financial exclusion, this report looks at how the UK can strengthen its community investment sector with lessons learnt from the US experience.

Research | 13 March 2015

This Social Investment Insights paper focuses on how social investment can be used to support community organisations.

Blog | 12 March 2015

Last week, Big Society Capital attended the 2015 Community Development Finance Association (CDFA) Conference which gathered a wide range of experts to discuss if a values based economy offers the only sustainable route to growth. Our Development Director, Danyal Sattar, shares his thoughts on the discussions brought up on the day. 

News | 16 February 2015

Threadneedle Investments’ flagship social bond fund has reached over US $100m (£67m)[1][2] in assets under management as it celebrates its first anniversary.

News | 11 February 2015

Housing specialist, My Space, will considerably increase its services and support for vulnerable adults as it implements an action plan for substantial growth over the next three years.

Blog | 29 January 2015

“Improving the quality and reach of social care to meet rising demand is one of the biggest challenges our country now faces… It is crucial that we ‘tap’ every resource that exists to help us create the conditions needed to transform social care into a service that older and disabled people, and their families, really can rely on.”

News | 28 January 2015

Health Minister Jim Wells today launched the ‘Creative Local Action Response & Engagement (CLARE Project) in Belfast.  

Blog | 23 January 2015

On Thursday last week the Rt Hon Francis Maude, the Minister for Cabinet Office, hosted an Angels for Good event at number 11 Downing Street to introduce current and prospective social angel investors to social entrepreneurs and members of the angel.

Research | 22 January 2015

This report examines the potential role of social investment in the community lending sector.