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A changing of the guard

3 March 2016

As a number of our board members stepped down at the same time we had to make sure we replaced them well. Jonathan Jenkins, Chief Executive, explains how we went about it. It is sometimes hard to remember doing anything else but I have now been CEO of the Social Investment Business for four...


What is the future for Social Investment Finance Intermediaries - do we want them to thrive or just about survive?

16 October 2015

Jonathan Jenkins, Chief Executive, Social Investment Business, looks at what the future holds for Social Investment Finance Intermediaries.  I consistently urge those of us at the Social Investment Business (SIB), and in the wider social investment market, to develop financing solutions that...


Get contract ready: Grant heps community enterprise win payments by results contract

12 October 2015

Cordell Ray, Director, County Community Projects, talks about how the ICRF approved provider Triodos helped them win a payment by results contract from the Fair Chance Fund. “Transforming lives” is the mantra of Cheltenham-based charity County Community Projects (CCP), so its innovation-minded...


Get contract ready: Grant helps community dental practice scale up support for children with high needs in a deprived area

8 October 2015

Alison Reid, Chief Executive, Community Dental Services CIC, discusses how an ICRF grant helped her community dental practice win three of four contracts, increasing their support for children with high needs in a deprived area. Community Dental Services CIC (CDS CiC) span out of the NHS in 2011...


Get contract ready: Grant helps St Giles Trust scale up

5 October 2015

Andy Hill, Director of Services, St Giles Trust, talks about how a grant from the Investment and Contract Readiness Fund helped assist the charity in planning their strategy for negotiating with prime bidders to the Transforming Rehabilitation Programme.  St Giles Trust is a charity...


Get contract ready: Grant helps healthcare CIC secure £8m worth of contracts

30 September 2015

Dan O’Toole, Director of Finance/Deputy Chief Executive, Plymouth Community Healthcare talks about how an ICRF grant helped their organisation support 84,000 people.  Plymouth Community Healthcare was established as a Community Interest Company as part of the Governments ‘Right to...


Get investment ready: Grant helps group of 'mumpreneurs' grow their health and support services

24 September 2015

Nancy Doyle, Managing Director, Genius Within discusses how the ICRF grant helped develop their health and support services Genius Within is a social enterprise providing HR, Occ Health and support services for adults with neurodiverse conditions, such as dyslexia and autism.  We believe that...


Get investment ready: Grant kick starts Shared Lives investment journey

16 September 2015

Alex Fox, CEO, Shared Lives, talks about how an investment readiness grant kick started their investment journey.  Shared Lives Plus is the UK membership body for everyone involved in Shared Lives and Homeshare. Our members include 5,000 Shared Lives carers, 150 local Shared Lives schemes and...


Get investment ready: Grant helps organisation support young people now and in the future

7 September 2015

Isabelle Gregory, Director, Evidence-Based Social Investments Ltd (EBSI), discusses the impact a grant from the Investment and Contract Readiness Fund had on her organisation.  The original concept behind Evidence-Based Social Investments Ltd (EBSI) was simple: a ready-made social impact bond...


Get investment ready: Grant helps historic theatre develop into a community enterprise

1 September 2015

Rosehill Theatre Director, Richard Elder, discusses the impact the Investment and Contract Readiness Fund had on the organisation.  Rosehill Theatre sits above Whitehaven in West Cumbria overlooking the Solway Firth to Scotland. It was created by Hungarian émigré and industrialist, Sir...


Community Campus 87 supporting young homeless people in Teesside since 1987

27 August 2015

Andy Harrison, an apprentice at Community Campus 87Carl Ditchburn, CEO of Community Campus '87 writes about the impact of Futurebuilders investment and how his organisations has developed over the last 28 years.  Community Campus 87 Ltd has a track record over the last 28 years of delivering...


Should foundations be playing a greater role in social investment?

11 August 2015

This article first appeared on Pioneers Post Danyal Sattar, investment manager at Access Foundation, and Chris Dadson, business development manager at the Social Investment Business Foundation (SIB), share their views on the critical role foundations across the UK can play in...


Why the lessons of Futurebuilders matter

14 July 2015

Jonathan Jenkins, Chief Executive, reflects on the recent publication of the Futurebuilders report, and what we can take away from the recommendations. When I was interviewed to be Chief Executive of the Social Investment Business in the summer of 2011 I was asked whether I had any questions. One...


Birkenhead YMCA and Futurebuilders England: A remarkable hand of support that has changed lives in our town forever!

8 July 2015

Nigel Hughes, Chief Executive at Birkenhead YMCA, writes about their experience of Futurebuilders England ten years on from the fund's launch.  In the late 1990’s Birkenhead YMCA was in a tight spot.  The 125 year old charity was staring into an ominous abyss.  Operating from a...


How to prepare social enterprises for impact investment

26 June 2015

Photo: The Big Life Group who received investment from the Investment and Contract readiness fundThis article originally appeared on the British Council’s partner zone on the Guardian. Click here for more information.  What does it mean for social enterprises to be ‘investment...


Ecological Land Co-operative

24 June 2015

Who We Are and What We Do The Ecological Land Co-operative (ELC) is a social enterprise. Our key aim is to widen the access to land for sustainable use through the creation of affordable low-impact smallholdings. These smallholdings are aimed at new entrants to horticulture and mixed farming, and...


Health care services for vulnerable people in Bradford expand with social investment

31 May 2015

Gina Rowlands, Managing Director at Bevan Healthcare CIC, writes about her organisation’s investment from the Social Investment Business and how it has enabled them to expand the health care services they deliver to vulnerable people in Bradford.  Bevan Healthcare CIC (BHC) is a city wide...


Your Manifesto Reading List

23 April 2015

With just two weeks to go before the General Election, our Policy and Public Affairs Manager Chris McBride has drawn up a reading list to help you work out what each of the main political parties have to say about social investment, social enterprise and the charity sector....


What I think about when I think about voting

27 March 2015

What matters to you when you're casting your vote in an election? Our Chief Executive, Jonathan Jenkins, shares his thoughts ahead of the upcoming general election The forthcoming election is being described as one of the most unpredictable for a generation and no-one really knows what the outcome...


Who, What, Where of Charities and Social Enterprises in England

22 January 2015

Laura, our Local Impact Fund Business Development Analyst, reveals some of the findings from her research into the third sector. Who are the main beneficiaries? Where do organisations work? And what are we doing to help?  Over the past two months, the Business Development...


The election is coming and so are the manifestos

17 December 2014

As the 2015 General Election draws ever closer, Chris McBride (our Policy and Public Affairs Executive) looks into the significance of political manifestos for the voluntary and social enterprise sector .  Next May brings a general election and the result looks very hard...


Why charity investments matter…and how they can do much more

15 December 2014

Our Chief Executive, Jonathan Jenkins, blogs about the recently published ACEVO report ‘Good with Money: Why Charity Investments Matter.’ When I was asked earlier this year to help write a report about how charities can manage their own investments I was intrigued. Maximising your returns while...


How a £1.5 million grant can catalyse a fund 20 times the size

7 November 2014

Vinay Nair, Head of Business Development at Social Investment Business and at its partner Social and Sustainable Capital, writes about the new and innovative Third Sector Loan Fund.  This article originally appeared in Alliance Magazine.     Different types of funder...


The Reader Organisation – The Story Barn, My Community Rights and our journey

13 November 2014

The Reader Organisation use literature to change lives and connect people in Liverpool. They have received feasibility and capital grants as part of the Community Assets and Services Fund to develop a 'Story Barn' and enable more people to be affected by reading. George Hawkins, Reader Places...


Unity Hall and the impact on Wakefield

13 November 2014

Unity Hall received a capital grant as part of the Community Assets and Services  Fund. Chris Hill on the Unity Works board writes about taking on the amazing local asset that is Unity Hall in Wakefield to create a popular venue for all the community.  Unity was a wonderful project...


Looking to SME Lending to Guide Social Impact Investing Growth

28 October 2014

This article was originally published on The Huffington Post  Vinay Nair is the Director of Business Development at the Social Investment Business Foundation and at its partner organisation, Social and Sustainable Capital. Vinay writes about the importance of building on the...


Mayday Trust's Social Investment Journey

23 October 2014

  Mayday Trust supports people through difficult life transitions whether they are coming out of prison, seeking to return to work after extended unemployment, moving out of homelessness, or are young people leaving care. John Hay, Director of Business Development, writes about...


Exploring international opportunities at Socap (Social Capital Markets)

23 October 2014

Chris Dadson, Business Development Manager at the Social Investment Business, writes about his experience attending Socap, the world’s biggest event for social enterprise: Socap is the world’s premier social enterprise event, held every year in September for a week on the San Francisco water...


From funds to angels – how charities can access social investment?

22 October 2014

This article was originally posted on The Guardian's Voluntary Sector network  Interested in accessing social investment for the first time? Our CEO Jonathan Jenkins gives his recommendations on how charities and social enterprises can start the process. If you’re a charity or...


Can fair affordable credit be available to all?

6 October 2014

Sam Collin is Communications Manager at the Community Development Finance Association (CDFA) - the voice for providers of fair and affordable finance. They represent and support a national network of CDFIs. Based around consumer credit, Sam's...


Village Residents Succeed in Saving Local Pub!

29 August 2014

Rob Stark, Director of the The Fox & Hounds (Denmead) Community Co-operative Limited gives an update on the exciting community project: Background History The Fox & Hounds was built in around 1870 as an alehouse to support the local agricultural workers. It has been trading ever...


Will new commissioning rules make a difference for charities and social enterprises?

6 August 2014

Chris McBride, Policy and Public Affairs Executive at the Social Investment Business, writes about how a new government commissioning strategy may impact charities and social enterprises. Commissioning policy is unlikely to trigger hordes of protestors marching on Whitehall or get the political...


Guide to Measuring Social Impact by Social and Sustainable Capital

29 July 2014

Natalie Pinon, Director of Impact at Social and Sustainable Capital (SIB's partner organization), writes about how the organisation goes about measuring social impact: Times are never dreary when it comes to social impact measurement.  The European Commission recently agreed on an...


Tackling the elephant in the social investment room

28 July 2014

As the new Minister for Civil Society is appointed, Jonathan Jenkins comments on one of the big challenges awaiting him As the dust from last week’s government re-shuffle settles and politicians head off on their summer holidays many people in the social investment sector have been left with an...


ICRF investee Gen Community partners with British Gas

30 July 2014

Andy Heald from Gen Community speaks about delivering large scale solar PV for social impact: Gen Community is a community benefit society.  Our mission is to finance the installation and maintenance of solar photovoltaic (solar ‘PV’) panels by giving a fair financial return to...


'Starting With Why'

6 July 2014

I have had the good fortune of attending inspiring “TEDx” conferences in Exeter, London, and other parts of the country. Speakers spend about fifteen minutes talking about their chosen field of expertise, and frame their talk in a way that a listener without even basic knowledge in that area can...


Our chair's blog: Too much hype; not enough action! Where now social investment?

10 June 2014

The idea of social loans has reached an interesting stage. When I took on the role of the Chair of the Adventure Capital Fund , founded 10 years ago , the idea of loans for third sector bodies was anathema. The general  attitude was indifference, yet some organisations did "get it"...


First-Loss, Frontline Gains

5 June 2014

Adrian Brown wrote a thought-provoking piece on the role of first-loss capital in social impact bonds. He noted, rightly, that it’s not the hammer to hit all nails and, when used inappropriately, skews incentives and its objectives. However, it is our belief that first-loss capital can be...


Community spirit thrives in Crowborough as their Community Association creates an exciting new shared space

8 April 2014

Roger Bishop talks about why his local community association wants to take over some former district council offices in East Sussex to create an enterprise community hub in the town of Crowborough.An local artist John Killens' impression shows a local market taking place in the Pine Grove atrium...


Seb Elsworth (SIB's deputy CEO) catches up on social enterprise developments in Finland

7 April 2014

Seb Elsworth, SIB's deputy CEO catches up on social enterprise developments in Finland, and is reminded of why the EU matters to all of us.As the Social Business International conference draws to a close, I leave a chilly Helsinki behind. The global meeting focused on supporting social enterprises...


Only Connect scaling up their offender services with a bit of help

29 November 2013

The Duke and Duchess met with staff and young people at Only Connect's central London headquarters and spoke about the ways Only Connect helps support ex-offenders and young people at risk of re-offending. The charity, which helps 10,000 people a year, is said to have reduced re-offending...


Fox and Hounds announces a community share issue to raise half a million

28 October 2013

Rob Stark, Director of the The Fox & Hounds (Denmead) Community Co-operative Limited talks about their new community share issue and why the community have rallied around this cause.The Fox & Hounds is a lovely little country pub on the outskirts of Denmead village in Hampshire overlooking...


Saving the only pub in the village

19 August 2013

Resident Martyn Foulds from Holywell Green, a small village nestled between Halifax and Huddersfield, talks about why he felt compelled to rouse his neighbours to save the only pub in their village. I'm passionate about saving The Holywell Inn as it provided me with a...


Why public service mutuals should know their business

Jim Brooks is a director at Cogent Ventures, a consultancy providing business support to organisations in the health and social care sector and one of the providers for the Investment and Contract Readiness Fund. (First appeared in the Guardian 1 August 2013) While they all may have...


Credit unions from across Wales attend the Summer School in Cardiff

12 July 2013

This June, credit unions from around Wales came together in Swansea at the second Summer School hosted by the Social Investment Business. Bill Hudson, Programme Manager for the Welsh Credit Union Support Programme tells us more.Friday Plenary Extension of the support programme | Friday...


Over 1500 National Citizen Service graduates benefit from Social Action Fund project

14 May 2013

The Think Big Social Action Fund programme led by the National Youth Agency, in partnership with O2 Telefonica, has now been running for 12 months. Emma Kirkbride tells us how the Social Action Fund has helped transform the lives of young people involved in this project. Think Big Social...


Social investors adopt robust new operating models to evidence blended return

15 April 2013

Mary Modha, our Head of Investee Support was at Oxford Jam this year to explain why we are integrating evidence of social impact into our investment operations and why social ventures should take note. What makes the social investment asset class unique is its relationship with...


Credit unions in Wales help improve access to financial services

15 March 2013

A report commissioned by the Welsh Government has commended the progress made by the Access to Financial Services Through Credit Unions programme, which has provided almost £3.5 million in investment in 17 Welsh credit unions since 2009. Bill Hudson summarises. The programme closes in...


Why social return on investment is important for credit unions

6 March 2013

Credit unions are motivated by more than money and its important for them to be able to articulate what social value their work has delivered. Social return on investment is a useful way to think about the social outcomes achieved. Rhidian Morgan explains.  I sat in on a board meeting earlier...


The Good Investor is a sign that the market is getting more sophisticated but there is more to do

25 February 2013

Jonathan Jenkins comments on the recent launch of The Good Investor which is a best practice guide for socially-driven investors. Investing for Good recently launched The Good Investor, a best practice guide to would-be social investors. For the Social Investment Business Group (The SIB...


Anne Frank Ambassadors challenge prejudice

30 January 2013

When the Anne Frank Trust was awarded funding from the Social Action Fund in 2012, it enabled them to begin a year-long programme intended to improve community cohesion in some of Britain’s most socially and economically deprived areas. Shona Gibbs tells us how the Trust draws on the life...


Social Investment: The added ingredient

15 January 2013

Councils everywhere are on a strict financial diet. But judicious social investment can make restricted resources go further, creating new jobs, services and homes, Caroline Forster, Deputy Chief Executive of the Adventure Capital Fund talks about how local authorities can benefit from social...


Social investors at the Party Conferences

22 October 2012

Seb Elsworth, Director of Partnerships and Communications analyses some of the key debates at our Party Conference fringe events this year. This year The SIB Group worked with a range of other social investors and the New Statesman to lead three debates at the party conferences on how the...


Celebrating Social Action

30 October 2012

Nandini Das from the Social Investment Business shares some highlights from the lively Celebrating Social Action event. The Hub Westminster was buzzing with energy on Monday 22 October – with over fifty investees (and their volunteers) networking and sharing learning from the Social Action...


Putting community food-growing on the map

18 October 2012

The biggest ever open day of community food growing gardens took place over the weekend of 15-16 September 2012. The day was a national event organised by The Big Dig, a project funded by the Cabinet Office’s Social Action Fund. The project’s main aim is to promote urban food growing and get...


Irish Credit Unions are a class apart

28 September 2012

Bill Hudson, Programme Manager for the All Wales Credit Union Support Programme talks about an exciting trip to Ireland to learn about their phenomenal success with the credit union movement.Tweet !function(d,s,id){var...


Back to the Future

26 September 2012

Teresa Cullen, Chief Executive of Young Potential enthusiastically shares some stories from their Medieval Fayre run by some knightly Social Action Fund volunteers.Tweet !function(d,s,id){var...


Anne Frank [+You] continues to inspire young people across the UK

27 September 2012

The team at Anne Frank Trust talk proudly of how they have used the Social Action Fund to make Anne's story relevant to young people in modern Britain, focused strongly on the issues of identity and moral choice we face today. Tweet !function(d,s,id){var...


Bidding and Winning

25 September 2012

Sally Reynolds from ClearlySo talks about the thrill of working on a winning bid to the Investment and Contract Readiness Fund to help a fantastic social venture.Tweet !function(d,s,id){var...


Trading for Change

19 September 2012

Scott Darraugh Chief Executive at Social adVentures talks enthusiastically about how spinning out of the NHS has empowered the business to flourish and highlights how The Social Enterprise Investment Fund has helped services drive innovation, leading to great outcomes for patients, clinicians...


UK’s largest Edible Open Gardens event showcasing community food growing is happening in September 2012

31 August 2012

Clare Horrell from Sustain talks about the launch of the exciting new Big Dig Project and how the Social Action Fund has helped inspire local people to come together and build edible community gardens.Tweet !function(d,s,id){var...


We’re Altogether Better: lights, camera, social action!

24 August 2012

Daisy Picking from Beatbullying talks about how their Social Action Fund grant has helped create the new charity, We're Altogether Better.Tweet !function(d,s,id){var...


Social Action Fund has a transformative effect on young people

30 July 2012

Francis Wight asks why the media don't celebrate the good that young people do in their communities. Francis is currently interning at the Social Investment Business having recently graduated from the University of Warwick. He will be going to work for Student Hubs, a student-led charity...


Social Action Fund helps young people overcome bullying

25 July 2012

Tom McLaren Webb from Beatbullying talks about the re-launch of CyberMentors, an award-winning anti-bullying website, developed by social action charity We’re Altogether Better and funded by the Social Action Fund, as part of our inspiring social action...


Primetimers volunteer uses storytelling to build confidence

24 July 2012

Primetimers encourages highly experienced business professionals who may be looking at a career change or retirement to volunteer, and delivers practical and innovative support to civil society organisations of all sizes across the country. Tweet !function(d,s,id){var...


The Employee Volunteering Scheme kicks off in the north east

Emma Kassube from our Newcastle office reports from the first ever Employee Volunteering Day. Fourteen members of staff from the investment team spent the day at NE Autism Society helping to build a sensory garden. Hi ho hi ho it's off to work we go... The Volunteers...


Credit Union Summer School provides some invaluable learning

Over the two days of the Summer School event 30 delegates from 10 credit unions from across Wales were at the Credit Union Summer School with speeches and workshops from some of the movement's most inspirational leaders and partners.  Bill Hudson reports.Tweet !function(d,s,id){var...


1200 young leaders inspire social action in the Midlands

27 June 2012

Teresa Cullen, Chief Executive of Young Potential talks about the exciting new VitaL Enterprises project that could change the lives of 1200 disabled and disadvantaged young people in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire thanks to the Social Action Fund.Tweet !function(d,s,id){var...


Social Action Fund 'turbo-charges' City Year's expansion

28 May 2012

City Year is the leading youth and education charity in London and the only coordinated opportunity for full time volunteering within English schools.  It recruits 18-25 year olds and arranges for them to be mentors, tutors and role models in schools in disadvantaged communities in...


The Challenge Network helps people build strong local communities

30 April 2012

The Challenge Network is a national charity that tackles low levels of trust in society by bringing people together from a diverse range of backgrounds and helping them to build positive relationships with one another. Chief Executive, Craig Morley, tells us how money from the Social Action...


Future First promise to introduce alumni networks in every state school in three years

30 April 2012

Future First was founded in 2009 to harness the talent coming out of the UK’s state schools to the advantage of their current students. Martha Jennings, Programme Manager for the Future First Alumni Networks project talks about their ambitious plans.Tweet !function(d,s,id){var...


Ambitious Eco-Hub opens in Gamlingay in Cambridgeshire

12 April 2012

Ben Warren from our Investment team attended the grand opening of the stunning new Gamlingay Community Centre by Rt Hon. Andrew Lansley MP, Secretary of State for Health, in Cambridgeshire on 23 March 2012. Tweet !function(d,s,id){var...


Community Games brings the Olympic spirit to your community

29 March 2012

Lee Mason, Chief Executive of the County Sports Partnership shares his excitement about the ways in which Community Games will involve volunteers to inspire their local communities to get active. Tweet !function(d,s,id){var...


Government challenges credit unions to support a million more people on low incomes

29 March 2012

Bill Hudson, Programme Manager for our credit union support programme in Wales welcomes the new Social Justice strategy and presents some great examples of how the Welsh Government have supported credit unions to help provide viable alternatives to ethically dubious pay day...


The Good Analyst

A new book about the power of analysis to reconnect money to social value. Author Adrian Hornsby discusses why its essential to think about impact reporting now more than ever. A good analyst is, for me, one who analyses social or environmental good, as well as one who is skilful and, in this...


HRH Duchess of Cornwall visits Jamie's Farm

Ben Warren, our lucky Investment Analyst visited Jamie's Farm just before Easter to welcome HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. Jamie's Farm, based in Wiltshire have had an investment from Social Enterprise Investment Fund (SEIF) to work with socially excluded young...


Volunteers at Cathedral Archer Project turn their lives around

22 February 2012

The Cathedral Archer Project (CAP) is a warm, welcoming and safe place for homeless adults to come to during the day.  They offer crisis support, health and well being support and the opportunity for clients to change their lives and move away from homelessness.  Tracy Viner from the...


Social Value Bill takes one step closer to being law

1 February 2012

Chris White MP talks about the progress of the Social Value Bill. As the newly elected Conservative MP for Warwick and Leamington, he tabled a Private Members Bill in June last year which aimed to strengthen the social enterprise business sector and make the concept of 'social value' more...


Nearly 500 credit unions to benefit from changes to restrictive law

30 January 2012

Bill Hudson, Programme Manager for our All Wales Credit Unions Support Programme highlights a landmark change in legislation which will finally allow credit unions to recruit corporate members.Credit unions across Britain finally have the opportunity to free themselves from, what was seen by many,...


Changes to funding of the advice sector

30 January 2012

Nicola Wilson, Investment Analyst at the Social Investment Business brings some interesting insights from the last meeting of London Funders which looked at how the advice sector has been impacted by the recent changes in funding. On 18 January I attended a members’ meeting held by London Funders...


Social enterprise and the road to 'responsible capitalism'

20 January 2012

Jonathan Jenkins, Chief Executive of The Social Investment Business is optimistic that social investment can deliver a better capitalism.More buzzwords - marvellous - just what the sector needs. "Responsible capitalism"   "Moral capitalism" ...


Helping faith organisations embrace social enterprise

18 December 2011

Sarah Brown, Director of Marketing and Communications talks to faith organisations about investing in their ideas and starting their own social enterprise. I had a great time at the Faith Action Network Event. It was packed with people wanting practical tips on how to get a social enterprise going....


Supporting families through the early years

Ciaran Osborne, Policy Manager at 4Children talks about the exciting work the Early Years Strategic Partnership are doing. It’s been a busy few months since the launch of the Early Years Strategic Partnership in June this year. 4Children, ably supported by our partners: Children England, Contact a...


Can faith organisations embrace social enterprise?

Daniel Singleton, National Executive Director of FaithAction Network casts an encouraging eye at Social Enterprise.When I came to FaithAction one of the questions that the voluntary sector were considering as a whole was "Can we take public money and pursue public service contracts, without...


Our Journey to the Conservative Party Conference

Kajans Women's Enterprise, a Futurebuilders investee, talk about their new venture The Caribbean Catering Academy and describe their first time at the Conservative Party Conference. On Friday 2 September the Prime Minister’s office announced that the Caribbean Catering Academy based in...


International Credit Union Day - by Bill Hudson

Our All Wales Credit Union Support Programme project manager Bill Hudson gives us an update on the credit unions currently being supported by the programme  The Social Investment Business manages the All Wales Credit Union Support Programme, which aims to support  credit unions to become...


At the Party Conferences

Sam Dowling, our Policy Manager sums up the political party conferences this year, sharing her keen political insight and a bit of conference goss!Each year MPs, Councillors, political activists, journalists, lobbyists, charity workers and others flock to attend the three main party political...


Partners not victims

Policy Officer Morven Masterton sums up our event at the Conservative Party Fringe  This session focused on how to improve public services, in particular, through reconnecting and engaging the public with the services they receive. With the Secretary of State for Health, the Rt Hon...


The Rise of the Disaffected Citizen, Labour Party Conference

Our Marketing Manager, Chris Gibson writes about our Labour conference Fringe Event hosted with RSA and Ipsos MORI.  Ben Page, Chief Executive of IpsosMORI, began the session by revealing that there was a general belief that future generations would earn less and that inequality would...


The Rise of the Disaffected Citizen

Our Communications Manager Liz Banks writes about our Lib Dem conference Fringe Event hosted with RSA and Ipsos MORI.   The Rise of the Disaffected Citizen debate addressed political engagement and how a government can deliver on the core voter concerns of prosperity and...


Jamie's Farm respond to the England riots - by Ruth Carney

18 August 2011

The Social Investment Business are proud to feature Jamie's Farm, a SEIF investee who do fantastic work with socially excluded young people. Since 2009, Jamie's Farm has worked with 700 'hard to reach' children, to prevent their educational and social exclusion. It was set up in response to one...


Public services reform: Taking part in the debate - by Morven Masterton

18 August 2011

It has been an eventful summer, and it’s not over yet, although you could be forgiven for thinking that autumn has already crept upon us! Over the past months we’ve been busy responding to government consultations and speaking with our investees about their thoughts on the current climate in the...


Avondale Residential Care Home brings comfort to its vulnerable residents

15 August 2011

Hannah Stewart from The Society of St James are one of our fantastic SEIF investees tells us about how they are changing lives in Southampton through their hard work. On 14 July the Society of St James, Southampton’s largest homelessness charity, held an opening ceremony to...


Top tips for direct and digital marketing

13 July 2011

Marketing Manager Chris Gibson puts his top tips together for effective direct and digital marketing campaigns.Tweet !function(d,s,id){var...


Bonds with a social conscience - by Sarah Flood

11 July 2011

This article first appeared on Public Finance Social Impact Bonds could be one way of making more finance available for services and projects with measurable social outcomes Graham Allen MP’s latest report on Early Intervention, published this week, highlighted the potential of a new method to...


Top tips on writing press releases

20 June 2011

Liz Banks and Nic Jones from the Social Investment Business communications team put together their top tips for writing press releases.Tweet !function(d,s,id){var...


All Wales Credit Union Support Programme - by Sam Dowling

17 May 2011

Our work with the Welsh Assembly Government’s flagship funding programme, supporting and promoting Welsh credit unions, is going from strength to strength. The programme runs from 2010 to 2013 and is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Welsh Assembly Government. Over 3 years...


Loan Financing Your Future

11 May 2011

This article originally appeared in ACEVO Network magazine. The financial climate for civil society organisations (CSOs) is like that for business owners or any other entrepreneurs at the moment – the banks aren’t lending. Either finance isn’t available at all, or banks say the economic situation...


Video content: how we did it - by Charlie Parker

19 April 2011

Charlie takes a look at the ins and outs of shooting case study films for your organisationIn May last year we undertook a large scale video project to visit organisations across England; 15 videos over 8 regions in England and a hugely diverse range of organisations to film. Film is a great way to...


Health and Social Care Reform: a challenge and opportunity for the sector - by Morven Masterton

9 March 2011

Taking a detailed look at the Coalition Government's commitment to health and social careA commitment to health and social care has been a key pledge of the Coalition Government, evident even before it formed following last May’s General Election. Despite significant cuts across the public sector,...


Big Society and Sector Challenges - by Jonathan Lewis

3 March 2011

This comment piece first appeared in Charity Times. It can be easy to get caught up in interpreting the meaning of the “Big Society”. However, instead of focussing on semantics we should be looking at how the sector can respond to the real-world challenges ahead. If we consider Big Society as a...


Localism Bill receives second reading and committee start to take evidence - by Alice Granville

8 February 2011

The options stack up in the bid for community power.The far reaching Localism Bill continues its progress through Parliament on its journey to becoming law, covering everything from increased powers for individuals and community groups to additional responsibilities for the London Mayor. Many of...


Parliament think localism - by Sam Dowling

15 December 2010

Photo used under CC license, with thanks to nikoretroEarlier this week the Government introduced their long-awaited “Localism Bill” to the House of Commons for its First Reading.The legislation is wide ranging and seeks to: empower local people; free local government from central and regional...


Strengthening civil society; sharing ideas - by Morven Masterton

10 November 2010

We recently held our first social investment networking event, bringing together social investment champions from across the UK to share ideas and network at an informal gathering in central London. Community leaders and entrepreneurs came from far and wide to meet, mingle and machinate on the...


A role for the City in developing funding solutions - by Simi Shah

9 November 2010

This blog post originally appeared in Financial World Creating a Big Society is about creating choices, reducing state intervention and empowering people to lift up their communities. This is not a programme or scheme, it is a mindset. It is a belief that the complex social problems facing...


Fast action needed for new finance models - by Jonathan Lewis

26 October 2010

This blog post first appeared on Civil Society As well as posing challenges to families and public services, spending cuts of the scale announced yesterday could spell real difficulties for social enterprises, voluntary groups and small local charities all over Britain. However, cutting red tape...


The party conferences 2010 - by Sam Dowling

13 October 2010

O Come All Ye Faithful... The party political conferences are something of an acquired taste: three weeks of intrigue, gossip, fascinating insights, self indulgent rambles in airless auditoriums and sauna-like marquees. Some listening. And lots and lots of talk. The conferences provide an...


Big Society is a big ask, by Stephen Bubb

13 September 2010

This blog post first appeared on Public Finance. Since the election, we have seen an extraordinary increase in political and media interest in the role of community organisations and the nature of the relationship between the voluntary sector, society and the state.  This is set against the...


Big Society Question Time at the Political Conferences - by Sam Dowling

6 September 2010

The Government has made it clear that it wants charities, community groups and social enterprises to deliver more public services but with the Comprehensive Spending Review just over the horizon on 20 October, speculation is rife about how any cuts or policy changes might impact on charities,...


Social enterprise in health and social care by Natasha Jolob

7 September 2010

In the last year, The Social Investment Business helped unbankable projects win over 230 public service contracts worth over £46.2 million (we only invest in organisations that are unable to source finance from commercial lenders). The idea of civil society organisations - charities, community...


Coalition's first 100 days offer opportunities for civil society organisations

19 August 2010

This blog post first appeared in Civil Society. Jonathan Lewis, chief executive of Social Investment Business, reviews the first 100 days of the coalition government During its first 100 days, the Big Society vision has been at the forefront of the plans unveiled by the coalition government....


The Budget and what it means by Sam Dowling

7 July 2010

Two months in, the coalition Government is beginning to reveal a little more about its plans for public services and areas that might be affected by the anticipated spending cuts. The emergency Budget, delivered on 22 June, shows the Chancellor’s determination to draw a line under the previous...


A Budget for the Big Society? by Jonathan Lewis

21 June 2010

This post first appeared in the Public Finance blog. I welcome the new government’s ambitious plans for growing and strengthening the third sector (now rebranded ‘civil society’). But the vision is the easier part – implementing it is more challenging. There are two key objectives to be achieved....


Ladder to the Moon

9 March 2010

Ladder to the Moon provides learning, change and development through creative interventions; supporting care management and staff to improve quality of life for both the people who use and the people who work in care services. Tweet !function(d,s,id){var...


The Social Investment Business and SHINE 2010

18 February 2010

We are really pleased to announce that The Social Investment Business is joining SHINE 2010 as a sponsor. SHINE is the un-conference for social entrepreneurs that was launched in 2008 to a large-scale audience who appreciated the opportunity to collaborate, network, and learn about new models of...


Social Enterprise Day: Treasury Minister – Rt Hon Liam Byrne – says next decade could be the best decade for social enterprise

20 November 2009

Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said yesterday that the next decade could be the best decade ever for social enterprise. Mr Byrne was speaking at a conference, Social Enterprise 09 – the future of public services, organised by the Guardian, held yesterday to mark Social...


Social Enterprise Day at No.10

19 November 2009

As today is Social Enterprise Day – the national day to promote and celebrate social enterprise – there was a reception at No. 10 Downing Street at which the winners of the England heat of the Social Enterprise Awards were announced and celebrated. An investee of The Social Investment Business,...


What is a social enterprise?

18 November 2009

As it is social enterprise day this week, I thought I’d explore the definitions of social enterprise. There is a lot of talk about social enterprise in the third sector at the moment. But what exactly is the definition? The Social Enterprise Coalition, which is the UK’s national body for social...


Visiting Shape Arts with Christian Stannard

11 November 2009

Last week I went with one of our investment officers, Christian Stannard, to visit Shape Arts, which is applying for a loan from the Modernisation Fund. Shape Arts is a charity working to improve access to the arts for disabled people. It does this through four delivery aims: More disabled people...