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Blog | 9 September 2015

Last week, in partnership with a number of charities and social investors, we submitted a proposal to the Spending Review calling for a Local Outcomes Fund to radically improve current approaches to supporting vulnerable beneficiary groups.

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.

Blog | 3 September 2015

"It is a time of unprecedented change in pensions. Auto-enrolment creating millions of new pension savers, there will be £600bn in defined contribution schemes by 2030 and Government has ambitions to create a savings culture. However, current experience suggests that this will be hampered unless individual savers can meaningfully understand and engage with their savings..."

Read more of Simon Rowell's blog for Social Market Foundation

Blog | 21 August 2015

Social investors come in all shapes and sizes – from specialist funds to high-net-worth individuals to ‘retail investors’, normal people like you and me. Ultimately, what we think is important is that any charity or social enterprise who is seeking social investment is able to do so from whichever investment sources are most appropriate to their investment proposition and organisation.

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 | 6 August 2015

Since the launch of the Peterborough Social Impact Bond (SIB), the SIB market in the UK has continued to grow. To-date there have been 31 SIBs in the UK, with more than 50 SIBs in development locally, and more central government outcome-based programmes to be launched in the next few years.

Blog | 5 August 2015

"There has been a recent flurry of discussions on impact measurement and social investment."

Blog | 31 July 2015

Last month saw an important milestone for Big Society Capital: the first investment redemption from our portfolio. Scope, the disability charity, repaid the £875,000 investment we made via Investing for Good, the social finance intermediary who arranged and underwrote the transaction.  

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 | 17 July 2015

It's one year since the Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) was launched and it has been exciting to see the first charities and social enterprises using the relief in such a diverse range of ways.

Blog | 15 July 2015

Futurebuilders was perhaps the big social investment initiative of the noughties. What can social investors today, including Big Society Capital which is one of the big initiatives of the current decade, learn from the Futurebuilders experience?

Blog | 7 July 2015

Last week the National Audit Office (NAO) released a report with an analysis of Payment by Results (PbR) which examines previous programmes commissioned by government.

Blog | 29 June 2015

Corporate social investment is likely to come from pioneering companies who have piloted targeted social investment approaches, and then take them to scale through more meaningful engagement with the business.  The most successful adopters will go well beyond a PR-focused approach and excel at identifying strategic opportunities arising out of social investments.

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 | 24 June 2015

In 2014 Golden Lane Housing (GLH) faced a challenge.  It was a problem faced by many voluntary organisations and social enterprises and it was this: how to get capital to expand and develop the business.

Blog | 17 June 2015

Last night I was delighted to present Good Will Solutions CIC with the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Midlands in the Social Entrepreneur Category.

Blog | 12 June 2015

Since the Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) was first announced in last year’s Budget, it has offered a new dynamic to social impact investing.

Blog | 12 June 2015

Not all business investments are created equal. That’s why we’re delighted to see new research from Harvard Business School (HBS) that shows that companies that make serious investments into the most important social and environmental factors can create significant business value relative to their peers.

Blog | 11 June 2015

One might make the same judgement about the availability of data in the social investment market. For both charities and social enterprises, and social investors, collecting, processing and sharing data in a comparable manner is difficult.

Blog | 11 June 2015

One might make the same judgement about the availability of data in the social investment market. For both charities and social enterprises, and social investors, collecting, processing and sharing data in a comparable manner is difficult.

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 | 27 May 2015

There is consensus in the UK that financial exclusion is a major problem. After years of branch closures, and post-crisis pressure to tighten lending standards, high street banks are increasingly withdrawing from lower-income communities and marginal businesses – leaving many individuals, businesses and charities unable to access appropriate and affordable financial services.

Blog | 26 May 2015

Over the past five or so years, social investment has been a key part of my life. One of the most heartening aspects has been the cross-party support that it has generated. While initiatives such as the early development of Big Society Capital took place under a Labour administration, the last Government continued to drive real action in social investment. From the Social Investment Tax Relief to the expansion of Social Impact Bonds in the UK from one to 25, the last five years have seen significant strides. But now is not a time to rest on laurels. Much more is needed to help enable and harness social investment as a key tool for delivering social impact.

Blog | 21 May 2015

Earlier this week, more then a hundred people from across the social sector gathered to celebrate Big Society Capital’s third anniversary and the launch of our Annual Report. We heard from a panel of speakers, comprising of Joanne Hay, CEO of Teens & Toddlers, Kate McLeod, CFO of Mencap, Andy Walsh, General Manager of FC United of Manchester and Dai Powell, CEO of Hackney Community Transport. Each shared their experience of taking on social investment, what it has allowed their organisations to do and how the market has developed over the last few years.