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Attracting & making the most out of social investment – Hear from the experts!

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The social investment market in the UK is now setting the pace worldwide, with Big Society Capital estimating that its £1,500m value

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Helping Brathay climb higher

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When Brathay Trust needed to update outdoor activity facilities at its Lakeland residential centre, First Ark Social Investment was ready to help.

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Cumbria’s new £4m social investment fund

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Registered charities and social enterprises in Cumbria are being invited to apply for a blend of loan and grant from a new

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New social investment fund set to help the North West

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Speaking at the Northern Enterprise Conference in Manchester, the group chief executive of a North West social investment business announced the launch

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What can social investment offer primary care providers?

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Last week Big Society Capital and the Care and Wellbeing Fund held a small roundtable to discuss the potential for social investment

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When is it the right time for a charity to take on loan finance?

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Charities are often reluctant to take on loan finance, preferring instead to rely on grants from trusts or individuals. That’s understandable, but

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When your lawyer says, “Is that really what you want to do?”

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So maybe Confucius didn’t specifically point the finger at lawyers but it can seem like that sometimes, and as we were putting

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How do you know you are investment ready?

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“Are you investment ready?” You’ve probably heard this question a lot if you’ve explored social investment. You might also still be wondering

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Getting to grips with the legal paperwork

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After the euphoria of hearing the words “investment committee have approved your investment proposal”, it can be hard to get excited about

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A social enterprise’s view

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The gritty reality of social investment? It’s hard work, it’s high pressure, and it is certainly no replacement for revenue. However, those

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A personal view from a social entrepreneur

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It was the summer of 2008 and we were launching a new web-based social enterprise and we needed start-up capital. Up until

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Investing in integration

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The UK has a long history of welcoming a large and diverse intake of migrants. Net migration remains above 300,000. Refugees and

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Governance and Social Investment

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This research is for information purposes only and has been produced by Big Society Capital in its capacity as champion for the

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Charity Trustees and SE Non-Exec Directors

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“Social investment is a great way to raise funds, increase impact and increase awareness of the charity’s work. As a sector, why

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Brexit and Social Investment

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Is there anything left to say about Brexit? Rightly, the rational view across the social sector is that their role is not

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State Aid requirements and exemptions

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Big Society Capital: State Aid requirements and exemptions Purpose of this guide This handbook is an introduction to State Aid for potential investees of Big

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What are the objectives of the Growth Fund?

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Smaller loans for charities and social enterprises, delivered through a range of social investors. The Growth Fund is designed to provide the

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Are you eligible to receive funds?

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Are you eligible to receive funds from the Invest for Impact Fund? The Invest for Impact Fund aims to support social investors

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