Isabelle, who joined Pioneers Post as assistant editor last year, is a journalist specialising in social enterprise and charity issues and international development. She previously worked at the UN bureau of the Inter Press Service as a reporter and assistant editor. She tweets about social innovation from @Izidegrave.
Threadneedle Investments today announced that Warwickshire County Council will invest £40 million into its Social Bond Fund. The fund's progress could be key to helping a mainstream culture of social investment emerge in the UK.
In an alpine lodge on Whistler Mountain two men pondered "the snow leopard", an ambitious man from Ghana who made it to the Winter Olympics. Their idea was to set up a social enterprise that could inspire similar ambitions in others.
He's joined police forces across the country to tackle knife and gun crime, he runs anti-bullying programmes in schools, and now he wants to launch a social enterprise leisure centre to rival Virgin, Fitness First and David Lloyd Leisure.
When a manufacturer moved nextdoor to Fordhall Farm it wasn't long before it went up for sale. Savvy local tenants, Ben and Charlotte Hollins didn't have the money to buy it themselves, so they raised £800,000 from investors across the UK.