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Blog | 27 May 2016

The creation of Big Society Capital in 2012 has inspired confidence in new market players to explore new approaches to business and finance.

Blog | 18 May 2016

Thanks to all the folk from investors, intermediaries, charities and social enterprises, foundations and government, who joined us in our annual event last night.

Blog | 16 May 2016

“Are you investment ready?” You’ve probably heard this question a lot if you’ve explored social investment. You might also still be wondering what it means. Thankfully, help is at hand…

Blog | 12 May 2016

A lot more than many social investors realise or are acting on, finds our new research report “The Sky’s the Limit – increasing social investment impact with a gender lens.”

Blog | 9 May 2016

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

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 | 28 April 2016

When you invest socially, is your intention to gain or give? Premal Shah, President [and co-founder] of the social lending platform Kiva, asked this loaded question to a packed audience at this year’s Marmalade session on people-powered social investment.

Blog | 27 April 2016

We often hear anecdotally of the number of charities and social enterprises that could take social investment and know many social investors are busy trying to find them. But given the hundreds of thousands of organisations in the social sector, it can often feel like trying to find a needle in a haystack. So how can we better connect the right investors to the right charities and social enterprises? 

Blog | 25 April 2016

Core Assets is a fostering and children’s services group based in Bromsgrove. As it reaches the milestone of young people in care now ‘graduating’ from the Social Impact Bond contract it delivers for Birmingham City Council, co-founder Jan Rees OBE reflects on the necessity to continually challenge the system to change vulnerable young people’s lives for the better.

Blog | 22 April 2016

When did tax get to be so interesting? I guess that’s an easy answer for us at Big Society Capital and our friends at Social Investment Scotland who this week announced seven new investments totalling £389k from their dedicated Social Investment Tax Relief Fund, Community Capital. 

Blog | 22 April 2016

The gritty reality of social investment? It's hard work, it's high pressure, and it is certainly no replacement for revenue. However, those doing the work today will reap rewards in the future.

Blog | 22 April 2016

Last week, it was great to be able to participate in a discussion on social investment with the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Charities and Volunteering – the first time this topic had been discussed at length with parliamentarians interested in the voluntary sector.

Blog | 15 April 2016

In the wake of so much negative press around tax dodges, how delightful to see this week’s announcement from South Bristol Sports Centre on the launch of their £1million sports scheme, £250k of which was raised using Social Investment Tax Relief. 

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.

Blog | 7 April 2016

As Big Society Capital launches its stakeholder survey, our new CEO shares his reflections on meeting some of the people who are using social investment to drive social change.

Blog | 4 April 2016

We know that all too often there is a mismatch between the hype of social investment and the gritty reality. Part of this is a mismatch of expectations – between the social investor with the money, and the social enterprise looking to raise finance.  And in my experience, this mismatch is particularly striking around the issue of governance. 

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Blog | 22 March 2016

Today Big Society Capital publishes its first comprehensive estimate of the size and shape of social investment in the UK

Blog | 21 March 2016

If I learnt anything from my 20 plus years in retail it was that the customer really is king and we ignore them at our peril.

Blog | 10 March 2016

I can honestly say I never saw a moment in my career when I would be talking about (let alone be excited about) tax!

Blog | 9 March 2016

Social investment is all about people.

Blog | 8 March 2016

One in four charities and one in three social enterprises are involved in the provision of health and social care support.

Blog | 8 March 2016

Today my breakfast was served with a copy of a new report we worked on together with Big Society Capital.

Blog | 7 March 2016

Introducing our new series of blogs exploring the gritty reality of social investment.

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Blog | 3 March 2016

Who should be a social investor? Should social investment be the preserve of big financial institutions, charitable foundations, large companies and high-net-worth individuals? Or should this be accessible to regular people who identify with a social issue or a community and want to do everything they can to help?

Blog | 2 March 2016

Last week the Big Lottery Fund announced that up to £293,250 in grant funding has been offered in-principle to North Somerset Council for a four-year social impact bond (SIB) to support 240 local young people aged 10 to 17 who are at risk of going into care.