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Blog | 29 October 2015

Big Society Capital wants to create a £5 million fund to match crowdfunded investments made by individuals into SITR-eligible charities and social enterprises.

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.

Blog | 8 October 2015

Southmead is an out of town estate, a few miles from the centre of Bristol. It’s a great place with a real buzz and lots of positives, but it also has its challenges. Southmead has the lowest life expectancy in Bristol, more than 9 years lower than the neighbouring ward of Henleaze, and we’re involved in many projects to try and address that. We want to improve people’s wellbeing and hopefully have an impact on their life expectancy.

Blog | 1 October 2015

The UK can be proud of its efforts to develop a social impact investment market. Building a Social Impact Investment Market: The UK Experience catalogued the constant activity by Government and industry stakeholders over the past 15 (and more) years to develop the market that exists today.

Blog | 18 September 2015

NCVO recently published their final report on their Financial Sustainability Review of the Voluntary Sector – it paints a bleak picture of the financial challenges facing the sector and that are set to continue.

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.

Blog | 17 September 2015

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is currently designing Work Programme 2.

Blog | 10 September 2015

At our Annual Review event back in May, I made a commitment to increase the transparency of our organisation. One of the ways in which we can do this is by publishing the key performance indicators (KPIs) that we use to evaluate both the social investment market and the performance of Big Society Capital.

Blog | 9 September 2015

One thing that has grown quite rapidly in UK social investment over recent years is the range of available products. Whether social property funds, social impact bonds, community shares or soon a wider range of ‘smaller ticket’ products encouraged by the Access Foundation’s Growth Fund, there have never been so many social investment products available across the capital spectrum.

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.