Public sector organisations are keen to support social investment – and in many cases are already playing a wider role than commonly perceived. But misunderstandings and internal blockages can still create headaches.
New data is released today from one of the UK's earliest social investment funds, the £142m Futurebuilders fund created in 2004. The lessons learned can help us to design the right kind of finance now, writes Social Investment Business CEO Nick Temple.
To-do list for new CEO at Big Society Capital sets out plans for ambitious growth, better communications, more flexible finance and action on diversity – quadrennial review highlights key successes, failings and challenges ahead.
A brand new social enterprise body for Australia launched in May, representing 20,000 social enterprises across the country. ASENA advocacy lead Nicholas Verginis sets out the big vision – and some very concrete next steps.
Must social enterprises take what they can get – or can they shape the (patient) social finance they need? Lisa Ashford draws on experiences with community shares and investment platforms in the UK and Africa to explore a way forward.
Taking the temperature of UK social enterprises before the Covid-19 crisis: It may seem like a different time – but just over six months ago, the UK’s top social enterprises were looking ahead to times of growth and success.
Providing non-financial support is core to investing for impact. But what does that mean in practice, and how much help can a small investment team realistically offer? The head of UK social investor Resonance takes us behind the scenes.
In the first of a series looking at 'patient, risk bearing' capital, Duncan Brown asks why social investment is so dominated by short-term, rigid debt instruments – and why there's so little support for higher risk, high return social innovation.