Business School

  • Mind the gap! Five ways to accelerate investing for impact

    Investing for impact, where the primary goal is social impact, looks set to grow far more slowly than demand for such finance – unless we make some major changes. Chris West identifies five opportunities to tackle the mismatch.

  • Everything and therefore nothing: why we must reject the ‘impact’ investors adding nothing new

    It’s time to set the boundaries of impact investing and say 'arrivederci' to those who are failing to support genuinely new solutions to pressing social issues, argues Italy’s leading venture philanthropy pioneer.

  • Why social entrepreneurs are getting real about mental health

    Mental health struggles are affecting our social entrepreneurs – and the issue's a global one. At Good Deals + Beyond Good Business, we hear from entrepreneurs from across the world about attitudes towards mental health. Is the tide finally turning?

  • How can we solve the equity investment puzzle?

    Equity investment in UK social enterprises is rare. But a 100-year-old trust set up by a chocolate entrepreneur appears to have made a breakthrough that could be a model for others to follow.

  • The HR health check: An essential checklist for any growing social enterprise

    Hiring your first employee? Or managing a team – and realise you haven’t taken time yet to put sound HR processes in place? Consult our checklist to get up to speed. 

Collection: The Gathering

Prioritising Impact: Nothing about us without us

We invest into enterprises that measure their impact – but how do we know we’ve got it right? Who owns ‘what good is’ anyway? And how can we make sure our investments leave end users more capable for their own future? This discussion explored ways to ensure the end users or beneficiaries of our investments get a say and get empowered.

Collection: The Gathering

Prioritising Impact: Bracing for impact

How do we deal with failure? When an investment is not going well, how do investors make the trade-off between financial and social return? This frank discussion covered difficult choices and how we can develop shared values and best practices for an impact first approach to investment. 

Collection: The Gathering

Prioritising Impact: Do I want you in my sandbox?

In this debate, two ‘teams’ took opposing (and in some cases deliberately exaggerated) positions to explore how we could resolve the tensions between investors with very different motivations and viewpoints – those focused on philanthropic (“impact first”) and commercial (“finance first”) capital. 

Collection: The Gathering

Prioritising Impact: Do I want you in my sandbox?

In this debate, two ‘teams’ took opposing (and in some cases deliberately exaggerated) positions to explore how we could resolve the tensions between investors with very different motivations and viewpoints – those focused on philanthropic (“impact first”) and commercial (“finance first”) capital. 

Collection: The Gathering

Connecting to the social sector: Oiling the wheels

What are we doing to ease the investment journey for investees? Though many social enterprises and charities are satisfied with their social investment application process, this session discovered that there are some unhappy customers – and explored where some social investors might be going wrong… 

Collection: The Gathering

Connecting to the social sector: Opportunities for social investment & Economic development in Leicester

CASE, the Co-operative and Social Enterprise Development Agency in Leicester, hosted a session to explore the next steps for impact investing in Leicestershire – the ‘host’ county for this edition of The Gathering. In particular, the discussion considered why the county is currently a ‘cold spot’ for social investment and how repayable finance, public money and philanthropic funding can be maximised to help achieve social change for the people of Leicester and Leicestershire.