• Finalists revealed: NatWest SE100 Social Business Awards 2020

    The big reveal: from a community-owned fish and chip shop to a £3m investment to support victims of domestic abuse – find out which social enterprises have made the final of the 2020 NatWest SE100 Social Business Awards

  • UK’s social investment market to face scrutiny by new independent commission

    "No looking back and no preconceptions," promises Lord Victor Adebowale as he begins to dig into UK's £3.5bn social investment market – with consultation of social enterprises to begin shortly.

  • Frauen power: Are Germany’s social enterprises bucking a trend of male-dominated business?

    Almost half of social enterprises are led by women, finds the latest German Social Entrepreneurship Monitor. And more than 80% say their product or service is a market first.

  • Backing bold ideas: How DFID’s IMPACT Programme seeks to catalyse change

    The UK government’s £160m IMPACT Programme helps boost impact investment in emerging markets. As a first batch of grants are announced, the programme's team leader shares three insights that will shape its priorities in the years to come.

  • Aiming high: How Jamaican social enterprises keep young people on the right path

    Many Jamaican social enterprises are helping reduce crime by supporting young people to pursue their passions and get good jobs. Two trailblazing social entrepreneurs tell us about their successes and the challenges that they still face.

  • Social investors still on the starting blocks in listening to communities

    Research from The Young Foundation – seen as a first step in the “learning journey” – recommends setting up a group to explore low-cost tools and to test new ways of hearing from the people social investors aim to serve.

  • Can cheap be cheerful? Four hotly debated questions on social value in public services

    Tensions that we don’t talk about and purchasing decisions we thought were right but shouldn’t have made – procurement bosses and social value gurus get to grips with the big issues of buying for public benefit.

  • How to open the black box of impact investing?

    Three big questions remain if impact investing is to fulfil its potential. In the final of a three-part series, the University of Heidelberg’s Gorgi Krlev asks: why do we still know so little about impact investing markets?