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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 | 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.

Research | 1 November 2015

This pamphlet brings together a collection of ideas from thought-leaders to work together to make a significant impact on the lives of young people, by investing in the next generation.

News | 30 September 2015

Social Finance announced today that it has successfully raised £1.1 million to support the expansion of Shared Lives schemes across the UK.

Blog | 7 September 2015

There is a significant inequality gap in the UK education system, with children from deprived backgrounds far more likely to fail educationally than their better-off peers.

News | 17 March 2015

Local charities came together last week at Voluntary Action LeicesterShire to find out about new sources of funding for charities and social enterprises. 

Research | 24 February 2015

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

Blog | 19 February 2015

In this guest blog, Michelle Farrell-Bell from Teens & Toddlers talks about the benefits of using a Social Impact Bond.

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 | 6 February 2015

The corporate finance team at Triodos Bank is pleased to announce that the first ever social impact bonds to benefit from Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) have been issued.    

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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.

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Blog | 24 March 2014

Today, Impact Ventures UK (IVUK) has announced its first investment of £800,000 into K10 - an independent social enterprise that employs apprentices and places them in the London construction industry.

News | 26 February 2014

Charities and social enterprises will be able to apply for loans and investments of up to £1 million from a fund launched today by Social and Sustainable Capital, which is jointly financed by the Social Investment Business and Big Society Capital.

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Blog | 22 January 2014

Today Nesta announces the first social investments, totalling over £2 million, from Nesta Impact Investments - backed by Big Society Capital and Omidyar Network. The £25 million fund is investing in organisations tackling issues, such as elderly care, poor educational standards and financial exclusion, that have social impact as well as providing a potential return for investors.

Research | 1 June 2013

This report, commissioned by Big Society Capital and the Private Equity Foundation, looks at the opportunities for social investors in closing the attainment gap in education.