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Blog | 1 March 2016

At Big Society Capital, we are seeing increasing interest in the use of social investment to pump prime public service reform. There are wide areas of government services which could benefit from being commissioned partially or fully on the basis of outcomes.

Blog | 29 February 2016

A core part of Big Society Capital’s role as an investor is to source and develop new investment proposals, as well as assessing applications we receive. We actively seek partners to co-design solutions which address specific social issues and fill gaps where social investment could have a role to play.  

Blog | 25 February 2016

Building on the interest generated in its inaugural year, today we are launching the 2016 Business Impact Challenge.

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Blog | 24 February 2016

How does the money allocated from ordinary people’s “lost bank accounts” end up being used to deliver public benefit by charities and social enterprises?

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Blog | 8 February 2016

Many charities with a large national presence such as Age UK and YMCA operate in a “federated” structure (with an umbrella or national charity and a number of local independent charities run with a common identity).

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Blog | 5 February 2016

Big Society Capital has recently made two new investments into housing projects to address the growing need for homes that people can afford:

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Blog | 28 January 2016

We often hear that social investment isn’t reaching smaller organisations, particularly in deprived parts of the UK. However the community-led housing sector seems to be an exception.

Blog | 28 January 2016
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Blog | 22 January 2016

Over the last year or so, I have met many financial advisers, wealth managers and bankers who are becoming increasingly interested in the growing area of social impact investment.

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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 | 12 January 2016

Today Big Issue Invest announced it had raised over £21 million into its Social Enterprise Investment Fund II (SEIF II) in its first round of fundraising commitments.

Blog | 8 January 2016

I spent seven years looking after my mum before she died. Caring for someone with dementia is a lot harder than most people realise. I often felt lost and overwhelmed by the task ahead and soon realised I had to find new ways to keep Mum busy and give her a sense of purpose, otherwise she’d spend all day staring at the TV.

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Blog | 21 December 2015

One of the commitments we made in our transparency proposals was the publication of historical deal-level data up to September 2015. Today we are able to publish that data, which includes deals made or facilitated by fund managers, banks and other intermediaries who have received capital from Big Society Capital.

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Blog | 17 December 2015

How a proven legal innovation can be used by social enterprises to scale up and stay true to themselves.

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Blog | 16 December 2015

Today we publish details of our ongoing work as a ‘market champion’ with a list of our completed and current projects. Why are we doing this and what does this mean?

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Blog | 15 December 2015

Yesterday, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced its call for input on regulatory barriers to social investments. This is timely and welcome.

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.

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Blog | 9 December 2015

Some 42 people gathered in Big Society Capital's board room earlier this month, all new starters to our social investment sector.

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Blog | 7 December 2015

Big Society Capital wants to create a £5 million facility for alternative finance platforms to match crowdfunded investments by individuals to charities and social enterprises. We are seeking platforms to partner with us to deliver this fund which will launch in 2016.

Blog | 7 December 2015

In a recent speech on creating a ‘smarter state’, the Prime Minister said that government will increasingly be ‘bringing in new providers or allowing new ways of doing things’. Following this, the Institute for Government convened an event to explore what we can learn from new approaches to commissioning, setting up and managing public service markets and how to enable integration and collaboration between service providers and government.

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Blog | 2 December 2015

Last month, we announced a Kick-Off Workshop to initiate discussions about our proposed Crowd Match Fund. The half-day workshop took place on Monday 23rd November comprising of five sessions lead by speakers from Big Society Capital, Nesta and Freedom Bakery.

Blog | 2 December 2015

If there is such thing as a typical grant making trust, the Andrews Charitable Trust (ACT) isn’t one of them. I recently attended ACT’s 50th anniversary celebration, hosted by one of their grantees 2nd Chance in Southwark which is supporting young people into sustained employment. It was a fantastic experience, not least because of the young people who catered and supported the event. It was also a great reminder of the old and new in the voluntary and social enterprise sector, and several themes during the event struck me as relevant for our work in social investment.

Blog | 30 November 2015

Today we announced the winner of the Business Impact Challenge – an innovative new partnership between Interserve, Catch 22 and ClubFinance that has the potential to increase charities and social enterprises’ ability to compete for and deliver public services contracts at scale.