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Our mission

We exist to improve the lives of people in the UK through social impact investing.

Across the UK, people face daily challenges in housing, access to affordable financial products and services, health and wellbeing, and community resilience. We unite ideas, expertise and capital to create investment solutions for the UK’s social challenges, supporting organisations that deliver both positive social impact and sustainable financial returns. Social impact investment can make a real difference in improving people’s lives, by helping enterprises tackle these challenges at scale. Over the last decade, we have learned what works when ideas, investment and expertise are united.

With other investors alongside, we have helped make over £2.5 billion available to more than 2,000 social enterprises and charities that are tackling a wide range of problems, such as homelessness, mental ill health and childhood obesity.

Overall, the social impact investing market continues to grow, increasing 26% year on year to £6.4 billion at the end of December 2020.

  • £6.4bn size of the social impact investment market
  • £2.5bn+ total amount invested by Big Society Capital with co-investors alongside
  • 2000+ social enterprises, charities and social purpose organisations receiving investment from Big Society Capital
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Message from CEO

Like most organisations, last year was the year we started to learn to live with Covid-19, and I am very proud of the way Big Society Capital has adapted. We certainly did not allow any Covid restrictions to slow us down, and as you’ll see in this review, 2021 was as busy and productive as ever.