Support to social investment in the UK began in earnest just over 20 years ago. As efforts to expand the market continue unabated, what can we learn from two decades of experience – and what questions should we be asking now?
Despite its low uptake, social enterprise and investment bodies are fighting to retain Social Investment Tax Relief – with uncertainty around its future already affecting businesses in north-west England.
Social investors are still too focused on internal battles – distracting them from the huge potential impact they could have by partnering up. Big Society Capital's CEO makes the case for the (sometimes) more difficult path of collaboration.
The social investment finance intermediary publishes the results of its first year of investments in Bristol. Dangling the carrot of a tax break has encouraged social investment; now outcomes should prove equally attractive.