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Blog | 7 April 2015

It was announced this week that the Real Lettings Property Fund (RLPF) has achieved a final close at £56.8 million, with three new investors and a high net worth individual together adding a final £10.3 million.

Blog | 30 March 2015

On 18th March, Social Enterprise Yorkshire and Humber held their annual Working Capital Conference bringing together some of the leading experts in social investment with local social enterprises to learn more about emerging products and models. This year’s conference was befittingly held at Unity Works, a major events venue in the 80s which itself has been refurbished through social investment after receiving a capital grant as part of the Community Assets and Services Fund

Blog | 25 March 2015

Last week, Big Society Capital held a seminar on social investment and social care with members of the Care & Support Alliance. Scope CEO, Richard Hawkes, shares his thoughts on the relevance of social investment in addressing some of the issues around health and social care.

Blog | 24 March 2015

There is good news and bad news when you are an only child. The good news is, you get all of the attention. The bad news is, you get all of the attention. When you are an only child, you are expected to be good at everything. Of course, nobody, and no organisation, is made that way.

Blog | 18 March 2015

Continuing our series of guest blogs, Richard Nicol from Midlands Together talks about the difference social investment has made to ex-offenders in the Midlands.

Blog | 18 March 2015

Today the Chancellor, the Rt Hon George Osborne MP, has announced in the 2015 Budget the inclusion of Social Venture Capital Trusts to the Social Investment Tax Relief scheme. He has also announced a change in its regulatory status so that funds can be promoted on the same basis as Enterprise Investment Schemes.

Blog | 12 March 2015

Last week, Big Society Capital attended the 2015 Community Development Finance Association (CDFA) Conference which gathered a wide range of experts to discuss if a values based economy offers the only sustainable route to growth. Our Development Director, Danyal Sattar, shares his thoughts on the discussions brought up on the day. 

Blog | 6 March 2015

Last month marked the first year anniversary of the Threadneedle UK Social Bond Fund which has reached over US $100m in assets under management. The fund has returned 11.8% gross, delivering on its aim to achieve an annual gross return in line with that of a UK sterling corporate bond index.

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Blog | 3 March 2015

In this guest blog, Ashley Horsey from Commonweal Housing talks about the positive impact that social investment has had on his company.

Blog | 26 February 2015

Today we launch our policy priorities for social investment for the next Parliament.

Blog | 19 February 2015

In this guest blog, Michelle Farrell-Bell from Teens & Toddlers talks about the benefits of using a Social Impact Bond.

Blog | 18 February 2015

Governments around the world invest billions in start-ups and high growth firms in pursuit of job creation and innovation.  We recently attended the Global Government Venturing Summit, whose attendees alone represented more than $10 billion in government-funded capital for venturing.  They each try to fill market gaps and keep financing flowing to small enterprises with high growth prospects.  And the state’s role is only growing: Marcos Battisti who manages the European arm of Intel Capital (one of the largest corporate venturing funds in the world), estimated that governments’ funding of new venture capital funds has risen from 15% in 1999 to over 50% today in the EU.

Blog | 18 February 2015

Governments around the world invest billions in start-ups and high growth firms in pursuit of job creation and innovation.  We recently attended the Global Government Venturing Summit, whose attendees alone represented more than $10 billion in government-funded capital for venturing.  They each try to fill market gaps and keep financing flowing to small enterprises with high growth prospects.  And the state’s role is only growing: Marcos Battisti who manages the European arm of Intel Capital (one of the largest corporate venturing funds in the world), estimated that governments’ funding of new venture capital funds has risen from 15% in 1999 to over 50% today in the EU.

Blog | 16 February 2015

The general election is approaching. As campaigning intensifies, attention is shifting back to local constituencies. For social investment to maintain its support, it needs to be able to show how it is making an impact on the ground in constituencies across the country. And it needs key decision-makers, like MPs, to know how and where it is making a difference. New data we’ve obtained suggests that there are already 70 different constituencies across the country benefitting as a result of our social investments - so there’s a story to be told.

Blog | 12 February 2015

More charities are looking at alternative ways to fund their work and as a result social investment has been the subject of increased interest and scrutiny.

Blog | 1 February 2015

The Real Lettings Property Fund now stands at more than £46 million, thanks to further investment by Big Society Capital and the City of London Corporation. The fund, managed by Resonance in partnership with the charity St Mungo’s, buys properties to let to homeless families in London.

Blog | 29 January 2015

“Improving the quality and reach of social care to meet rising demand is one of the biggest challenges our country now faces… It is crucial that we ‘tap’ every resource that exists to help us create the conditions needed to transform social care into a service that older and disabled people, and their families, really can rely on.”

Blog | 23 January 2015

On Thursday last week the Rt Hon Francis Maude, the Minister for Cabinet Office, hosted an Angels for Good event at number 11 Downing Street to introduce current and prospective social angel investors to social entrepreneurs and members of the angel.

Blog | 15 January 2015

In a series of short videos, we hear from a range of charities and social enterprises on their experiences of taking on social investment and their tips for other organisations condidering it:

What has social investment done for us?

Blog | 15 January 2015

Belated Happy New Year. It is still, just about, a good time for reflection.

Blog | 28 December 2014

Yesterday, the Guardian reported that, according to the National Audit Office (NAO) there has been a 14% increase in the number of children in care (Baby P effect takes children in care numbers to 25-year high, says NAO). More clearly needs to be done to tackle the challenges around children in care, which leads to a range of poorer outcomes for those children, not least far lower educational attainment.

Blog | 24 December 2014

“Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us.” 
― H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds”
 

Blog | 23 December 2014

I sometimes think applying for social investment is like standing at the bottom of the Three Gorges Dam with a small cup, and asking for some water to make a cup of tea. You shout up at a person standing at the top of the dam to ask for some water. “Hang on a minute” they say, and go off to turn a wheel to release some water from the dam.  What you get is a huge gush of water out, at great speed, surging out with the potential energy of the water behind the dam. It sweeps away your little cup and if you are not careful, takes you with it.

Blog | 22 December 2014

The second trap we fall into with social investment is using a broad word to describe a number of quite different things. We then assert that social investment is just one of them – the investment part.  To me, social investment is actually four quite different things which do overlap with each other, but are quite distinct.  It’s not surprising therefore, that in a “can you explain social investment to your esteemed relative” test, we end up getting slightly confused ourselves.  

Blog | 18 December 2014

The old challenge is, can you explain your job in a way that your otherwise highly capable elderly relatives would understand?  Most of my esteemed elders are dead, so I admit, that is a bit of a barrier to communication, but let’s not have reality stand in the way of a good metaphor in social investment.