News and Views

  • ‘Extraordinary leaders’ of five social ventures take home 2020 Skoll Awards – and $1.5m each

    The Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship today recognise leaders of five organisations demonstrating ‘outsized impact’. Find out which five names – from 700 nominations – made the cut.

  • Impact Finance Bulletin: Funders react to Covid-19, new social impact bonds, and Good Food Fund launches

    PLUS: Vital Capital creates emergency debt facility for Africa businesses, Cadent Foundation launches, Oddbox secures £3m for nationwide expansion, and Brazilian startup makes ‘sensational’ exit.

  • Fears for future of social cooperatives in Italy as Covid-19 hits hard

    Impact investors call on government to support the social sector, while cooperatives adapt to meet new demands and hope they can renegotiate – instead of losing – public sector contracts.

  • Big Society Capital asks Westminster for emergency cash injection

    UK social investors have asked the government to contribute to a multimillion pound liquidity fund, while voluntary sector representatives warn charities face a £4.3bn funding shortfall over the next 12 weeks.

  • SOS! Social enterprises call on the crowd to save them from collapse

    Social enterprise bosses are turning to their supporters and customers as they make urgent appeals for cash to help tide over their businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • UK chancellor yet to impress social enterprises with business support measures

    UK social entrepreneurs grapple with new government measures – while Social Enterprise UK calls for more targeted assistance, including grants to help save the most vulnerable start-ups.