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Blog | 1 June 2017

Just over year ago, spurred by the Young Foundation’s report on gender-lens investing, a number of organisations including Big Society Capital committed to better understand the extent of diversity within social investment.

Blog | 23 August 2016

Coming from Quaker Social Action’s creaking and “characterful” offices in Tower Hamlets, my director and I were a little out of our comfort zone.

Research | 13 July 2016

Government’s approach to outsourcing services has risen up the policy agenda in recent years.

Blog | 13 July 2016

Public services are undergoing a system-wide reform with increasing demand for services against a backdrop of reduced Government funding

News | 13 July 2016

The Government will fail to create a level playing field in the competition between bidders for the Work and Health programme, according to new research published by the independent think tank Reform. 

Blog | 8 June 2016

Frontline charity workers make a direct difference to many people’s lives every day – less so if like me you’re working in charity finance.

Events | 18 May 2016
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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 | 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 | 10 December 2015

Many ex-offenders are reconvicted within one year of release. There is plenty of research to say that many prisoners think having a job is a vital part of keeping them out of prison. The problem is finding employment on release can be difficult, particularly for those who were unemployed before they were convicted.

Blog | 26 October 2015

It’s an important day for social impact bonds (SIBs) as London-based youth charity, Think Forward, has successfully delivered one of the first social impact bonds in the UK to tackle youth unemployment and provide a return to investors.

News | 20 October 2015

One of the first Social Impact Bonds (SIB) to tackle youth unemployment and generate a return to investors has been delivered by the pioneering London-based youth charity ThinkForward.

Blog | 17 September 2015

The Department for Work and Pensions’ Innovation Fund was launched in 2012 to support payment-by-results programmes that enable disadvantaged young people to participate and succeed in education and training. Big Society Capital has invested in five of these Social Impact Bonds, including Think Forward and New Horizons. This summer, the first cohorts of young people on these two programmes sat their GCSE exams, and far exceed all predictions.

Research | 31 August 2015

A paper developed by the major social investors and social finance intermediaries in order to aid thinking by Government about the design and commissioning of future employment support programmes.

News | 27 August 2015

The Government is at risk of failing to meet its target to halve the disability employment gap unless charities and social enterprises are given an even playing field to deliver public service contracts, says a new report launched today.

Blog | 14 August 2015

Having previously managed a European Social Fund project, I’ve developed a very close eye for detail, dealt with a lot of data and have experienced a payment by results contract. Despite this, I don’t think anything could have prepared me for my next step into the world of social investment.

Blog | 27 July 2015

K10 helps young people to find sustainable full-time employment by providing pre-employment training and paid apprenticeship opportunities in the construction and financial sectors in London.

Blog | 25 June 2015

Writing in today's Guardian, Katie Allen looks at how K10 is using social investment from Impact Ventures UK (which Big Society Capital invested into) to support young people into apprencticeships in the construction industry.

Read more in: At some point we will have no one coming into the construction industry.

Blog | 4 June 2015

Last month, Prince Charles visited the Homeground Hostel in Liverpool to meet young homeless people helped by Local Solutions, a charity supporting vulnerable and excluded people throughout the Merseyside region.

Blog | 29 April 2015

Continuing our series of guest blogs, Chris Wright, Chief Executive of Catch22, looks at how social investment can transform public services.

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. 

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. 

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.    

News | 7 January 2015

A company that helps marginalised young people into work is the latest to benefit from the FSE Social Impact Accelerator (SIA), a loan scheme assisting social enterprises that are looking to grow.