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Blog | 16 February 2017

Pensions have been undergoing radical change in recent years, with millions more now enrolled in their own contributory pensions.

Blog | 9 February 2017

As part of the GET INFORMED campaign, the Charity Commission share their tips and guidance for boards when a social investment does not go according to plan. 

Blog | 9 February 2017

As part of Children's Mental Health Week, Esther Blake discusses in Charity Times how volunteer mentors can positively impact the mental health of children in care. 

Blog | 6 February 2017

In the world of social enterprise and social investment, we talk a lot about social impact: how to capture it and put it into words. For me it’s very simple, I volunteer because I want to make a difference. 

Blog | 31 January 2017

The start of the year is a good time to consider how to make use of your time with some volunteering, but with so many options out there, how can you make sure you are making a meaningful contribution and using your skills (whilst hopefully meeting some great people and having a good time)? 

Blog | 26 January 2017

Big Society Capital is an independent financial institution with a social mission, set up to help charities and social enterprises find the right kind of repayable finance they need to do more of their fantastic work. 

Blog | 25 January 2017

What do we mean when we talk about volunteering?

Blog | 15 December 2016

We recently commissioned a case study report to understand more about impact measurement approaches that are being used by charities and social enterprises who have taken on social investment.

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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. 

Blog | 13 December 2016

Today the latest report for the Big Lottery Fund’s Commissioning Better Outcomes (CBO) Fund Evaluation is published. The CBO Fund aims to support the development of more social impact bonds (SIBs) in England, and the evaluation is tracking the impact of these SIBs over their lifetime. 

Blog | 5 December 2016

We have today published a research paper written by Deloitte and jointly commissioned by Big Society Capital and the Government Inclusive Economy Unit which focuses on mission-led businesses in the UK. 

Blog | 5 December 2016

South Bristol Sports Centre is a charity created to serve and provide facilities for the local community. We pride ourselves on being able to provide activities and facilities which cater for a wide range of public need. 

Blog | 1 December 2016

Back in June I wrote about a new piece of work we’d embarked on, identifying the key components needed to make a strong intermediary organisation. 

Blog | 29 November 2016

It’s been almost 9 months since I joined Big Society Capital.

Blog | 28 November 2016

Today we’re publishing a set of principles to guide behaviour and actions at a time when a recovery and resolution plan is needed.

Blog | 25 November 2016

Impact assessment is a key part of the social investment due diligence process and should have parity with financial assessment.

Blog | 24 November 2016

The first learning is that you don’t have to go hungry on £2.50 a day.

Blog | 22 November 2016

This week, I’ve joined a few colleagues participating in the Breadline Challenge, living off no more than £2.50 per day for all my food and drink. 

Blog | 16 November 2016

Social investment is an exciting and growing field. More investors are deploying more money in different areas to benefit more people and more communities.

Blog | 11 November 2016

*Trustees Week Special* As part of the GET INFORMED blog series, Caroline Copeman - Principal Consultant & Senior Visiting Fellow for CASS CCE, discusses how boards should consider social investment when developing strategy.

Blog | 10 November 2016

*Trustees Week Special* As part of the GET INFORMED campaign blog series, Kate Sayer - Partner at Sayer Vincent, discusses how charity and social enterprise boards should think about risk when considering social investment. 

Blog | 9 November 2016

*Trustees Week Special* As part of the GET INFORMED blog series, Sarah Atkinson - Director of Policy & Communications at the Charity Commission, highlights how boards should ensure they are making the right decisions when considering social investment. 

Blog | 8 November 2016

*Trustees Week Special* As part of the GET INFORMED blog series, Nick Temple - Deputy CEO of Social Enterprise UK, discusses the demand for social investment. 

Blog | 31 October 2016

Last week saw the relaunch of Key Fund – a social investment intermediary originally based in Yorkshire – offering loans and grant/loan packages to help community and social enterprises start-up, grow and/or become more sustainable.