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Any part of the social investment market that isn’t helping charities and social enterprises to access the right finance needs a rethink, writes The Social Investment Business CEO, as he picks up on the debate on reshaping social finance.
Out of crisis, we learn how to do things better. In the fourth piece in our Untold Banking series, Melanie Mills shares four lessons from the frontline of social investment – on change, people, power and honesty.
Some claim Big Society Capital’s current form – and its implications on the cost of finance – is actually holding back social investment. But, while lending all its money cheaply may be tempting, it would be a serious mistake, writes CEO Cliff Prior.
In spite of all the hype around social investment, only a tiny proportion of the UK’s social enterprises and charities have made use of it. If things are going to change, Big Society Capital must rethink its role, says Eastside Primetimers' CEO.
Has the UK lost its leadership position on impact investing? Does it actually matter? If the new Impact Investing Institute is to retake the lead for the UK, it will first need to establish the direction it wants to lead in, points out our columnist.
Social entrepreneurs may acknowledge there’s a crisis unfolding, but that doesn’t mean there’s a clear path ahead for how they should respond. Are they falling short – or does the responsibility lie elsewhere?