Laura joined Pioneers Post as a multimedia journalist in November 2020. She previously worked as a freelancer at the BBC World Service and was an intern with Bloomberg News.
Laura graduated in Multimedia Journalism from the University of Salford with first class honours in July 2020. Before going into journalism, she had a 14-year career as a professional ballet dancer. Born and raised in France, she worked in Germany for four years before moving to the UK to join Scottish Ballet in 2010. She now lives in the north west of England.
Growth Impact Fund developed by UnLtd, Shift and Big Issue Invest described as “fundamentally different” – aiming to back long-overlooked entrepreneurs and provide model for more inclusive social investment.
As part of FASE’s Impact Fire Talks, impact investing experts share their tips on how to make sure investees don’t move away from their mission over time – plus, our selection of more key insights from the week-long series.
Heated debate on impact investing at Skoll World Forum raises concerns about poor evidence of impact and “misguided” assumptions. But some say it can work if investors adopt alternative vehicles and reach out to untapped pools of capital.
INTERVIEW: UK foundation Nesta wants to bring social innovation to health, education and the economy. CEO Ravi Gurumurthy on 10-year plans, scaling without losing impact, and why no idea is ‘too laughable or too boring’.
PLUS: JPMorgan Chase commits £1.2m to Fair4All Finance to improve financial inclusion; IIX launches coalition to develop first gender-lens ‘asset class’; UK impact investments estimated at £58bn; and more.
Organisation behind B Corp certification issues moratorium on companies operating in Russia or Belarus, saying situation raises “very significant questions” for good business movement, and that other crises deserved similar attention.
Social Procurement Festival: Social Enterprise UK’s Andrew O’Brien urges businesses to take on the “real challenge” of changing how they operate, while Social Value UK’s Catherine Manning lays out what good social value practice means.
How to incentivise social entrepreneurs to make even more impact? How to protect impact businesses against mission drift? Impact-linked finance, the youngest kid in the impact investing family, offers some solutions.