Social investment

WHAT IS SOCIAL INVESTMENT?

Social investment is to help social enterprises raise capital that they might find difficult to secure from traditional investment sources, and help investors find organisations that deliver a social as well as a financial return.

SHORT VIDEO FROM THE UKTI FEATURING JAMIE OLIVER

USEFUL RESOURCES (SOME ARE EXTERNAL LINKS)

An introduction to social investment

Social Investment Explained, January 2014

Guide for the Ambitious Entrepreneur, April 2012 

Social Investment: An overview of the landscape for VCSEs in the youth sector, January 2013 

Social Investment Made Simple, 2012 

Good Finance - A website to help improve access to information on investment and finance for charities and social enterprises.

More detailed understanding of the social investment market

Spin Out, Step Up: A report on the finance challenge for health and social care spin-outs, June 2013

Lighting the Touchpaper: Growing the market for social investment in England, November 2011 

The First Billion: A Forecast of Social Investment Demand, September 2012 

Investor Perspectives on Social Enterprise Financing, July 2011 

For intermediaries/investors

The Good Investor: A Book of Best Practice, 2013

BIG SOCIETY CAPITAL 

In March 2012 the Government launched Big Society Capital – the world’s first wholesale social investment bank. On the day of the launch, the Prime Minister David Cameron visited SEUK member, Brigade, a social enterprise that trains people with experience of homelessness to become professional chefs.

SOCIAL INVESTMENT FORUM

Social Enterprise UK chairs the Social Investment Forum, a network of social investment and finance intermediaries (SIFIs) designed to help keep money flowing around the market and ensure it reaches the social enterprises on the ground.