Investment ideas | Big Society Capital

Investment ideas

Our list of investment ideas below is built on the work of our Issue Based Groups. These groups seek to develop our understanding of the social issue, the policy and funding environment and of the charities and social enterprises that tackle the problem. Through this, and by working with experts and practitioners in these fields, we identify high impact and sustainable business models that could use social investment to deliver social change.

Our investment ideas may address an unmet capital need or unlock opportunities that would not otherwise happen.  They can be interventions or social sector business models that have high impact and the potential to scale with support from social investment. We also identify opportunities for thematic funds which focus on tackling particular social issues that are aligned with the objectives and expertise of co-investors.

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Community sports organisations and leisure trusts engage their local communities in physical activities that improve their health and wellbeing. They can also act as community anchors, provide important local services that might otherwise not be available or affordable

Health and social care, Arts, heritage, sport and faith

High quality early years provision can have significant impact on the future educational attainment of children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Education

Community-led approaches to supporting vulnerable people can create greater savings for local authorities and better outcomes for individuals.

Health and social care

Non-profit GP practices may achieve better outcomes for patients but lack access to conventional finance.

Health and social care

Assets

Providing more suitable homes for people with learning disabilities.

Housing and local facilities, Health and social care

Support for people facing major challenges in life is considerably more effective when provided in a stable home.

Housing and local facilities

Charities and social enterprises need to access large volumes of suitable housing for the people they support

Housing and local facilities

New models

Arts organisations may require smaller amounts of higher risk capital as they develop new revenue streams and build resilience.

Arts, heritage, sport and faith

Financial technology supporting low-income households 

Income and financial inclusion

Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are underrepresented in higher education, limiting their future earnings potential and social mobility.

Education

Community enterprises can need a blend of funding (grant and loans) to set up new organisations or take on asset transfers.

Communities

People in poverty or on low incomes often pay more for the same products or services than people who are better off financially.

Income and financial inclusion