Our Role

We exist to make a difference: to help create a fair society by improving the lives of people in the UK through investment.

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  • We work with expert partners, seeking to understand the issues, design and deliver investments and grow market participation, enabling a systemic and sustained impact to improve the lives of people in the UK.

    We assess our investments on the social impact they will have and the financial returns they will generate. We also look at how they will help to build social impact investment in the UK and bring about changes to the system that can often make tackling social issues feel hard to address.

We work to create an environment which makes social impact investment easier and more effective. We can do this in a few ways...

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    Find partners to take the first catalytic steps, through capital, expertise, grants or networks.

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    Develop successful ideas from inception and grow them to the next stage, through further investment.

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    Develop other sources of capital, encourage replication and influence policy to help ideas succeed beyond Big Society Capital’s investment.

Creating a bigger and better social impact investment market

Find out more about the current campaigns and organisations we have created to make it easier for social enterprises and charities to access finance, for investors to provide capital, and for fund managers to become sustainable.

  • Get Informed

    Get Informed

    The Get Informed campaign offers practical support & guidance to help board members of charities and social enterprises understand the opportunities and risks of social investment.

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  • Get SITR

    Get SITR

    The Get SITR campaign is an initiative offering free support and resources to better understand and use Social Investment Tax Relief.

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    Good Finance

    Good Finance is a collaborative project to help improve access to information on social investment for charities and social enterprises.

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    Access

    Access works to make charities and social enterprises in England more financially resilient and self-reliant, so that they can sustain or increase their impact.

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We want to give more people and communities the chance to have an impact on the issues they care about - from affordable homes to vulnerable older people, and preventing mental ill health.

Get in touch

Want to find out more about the role of Big Society Capital? Get in touch with a member of the team